Carter Zimmerman of Algoma showed off a 40.40-pound Chinook salmon reeled in by a customer a week after the Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament this summer. It’s thought to be the heaviest on the Wisconsin side of the lake in nearly three decades. Photo courtesy of Kinn’s Sport Fishing.
Michigan proposes 54% increase in Chinooks
by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected]
A proposed 54% increase in Chinook (king) salmon stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) next spring has Great Lakes anglers talking this week.
Although it’s not final, the MDNR’s plan to stock 1 million kings a year follows decades of stocking cuts in Michigan due to data showing that more than half of the salmon hooked in the lake were produced in the wild.
A combination of stocking cuts by all four states surrounding the lake and an increasing number of alewives – the favored forage of salmon and trout on Lake Michigan – has led to more trophy catches in recent…