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    DNR: Clinton River Steelhead Stocking

    Michigan News release writes "What follows is an up-date I received from Jim Francis at the DNR about this years Steelhead stocking on the Clinton river! Thanks for the up-date Jim and keep up the good work!

    Just a note that the Clinton got a pretty good slug of extra
    steelhead this year. In late October we stocked 75,000 in the North
    Branch at 33 Mile Rd., 75,000 upriver on the mainstem at Squirrel
    Rd., and 391,000 at Ryan Rd. These are fall fingerling fish, so they
    average only a couple of inches long. But these are in addition to
    our regular spring fingerling plant of 15,000 steelhead.

    The reason we stock fall fingerlings is that the hatcheries are space
    limited and they know how many fish they have room to raise to spring
    fingerling size. Anything extra gets thinned out in the fall. We
    have been taking the fish in our management unit and alternating them
    between the Clinton and Huron. I think stocking them is much better
    than the alternative, which is probably food for muskies.

    We have not had the opportunity to evaluate the success of these
    plants, but we do get reports of some of these fish surviving and
    contributing to the fishery. We'll know in a few years whether these
    fish survived and contribute to the run.

    Jim Francis

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11 @ 07:00:14 UTC by admin

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