Michigan DNR creates fishing opportunities by stocking lakes, streams

Between 700 and 1,100 locations to be stocked

You may see DNR fish stocking trucks, like the one pictured here, throughout the state in the coming months as they take precious cargo to be stocked in waterbodies across Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is in the middle of its fish-stocking season.

Fish stocking creates more fishing opportunities for anglers, while restoring and enhancing the state’s lakes and streams.

Stocked fish come from six of the DNR’s Fisheries Division fish-production facilities. The facilities manage up to 46 fish-rearing ponds and eight Great Lakes imprinting net pen locations.

According to the DNR, about 26 million fish, including eight species of trout and salmon and three coolwater strains of walleye and muskellunge, will be stocked over the course of a typical year. This equates to about 350 tons of fish, the DNR said.

During the spring, the DNR’s 18 fish stocking trucks can be found at hundreds of lakes and streams across the state.

From now until the end of June, the trucks will travel more than 100,000 miles to stock 700 to 1,100 locations.

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