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Fish population levels in Lake Michigan near DNR goals

Posted at 3:11 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 16:12:02-04

The Department of Natural Resources said it is on track to meet its quota for stocking fish in Lake Michigan for 2020.

The DNR wants to make Lake Michigan as healthy as possible which means keeping the population of the animals in the lake at the necessary levels.

The DNR is also on track to collect eggs to meet its goals for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior 2020-2022, which includes the annual stocking of approximately:

  • 50,000 brook trout
  • 450,000 brown trout
  • 2 million chinook salmon
  • 500,000 coho salmon
  • 460,000 steelhead


  • 175,000 brown trout
  • 80,000 lake trout
  • 60,000 splake

Coho salmon, brook and brown trout and steelhead will be stocked in later weeks, successfully filling all Great Lakes stocking quotas.

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