States agree to stock fewer salmon in Lake Michigan

Wisconsin and other states surrounding Lake Michigan have agreed to a new stocking strategy for the lake, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp announced today.

Under the lake-wide strategy, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan would stock 1.7 million Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan starting in 2013, down from 3.3 million.

Under the lake-wide strategy, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan would stock 1.7 million Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan starting in 2013, down from 3.3 million.

Wisconsin DNR has agreed to stock at least 723,700 chinook, down 38 percent from the previous stocking level. The adjustment will be made primarily in chinook stocking numbers, but Wisconsin and the other states can substitute other species in future years.

The new stocking levels take into account a decreasing forage base and an increase in naturally reproduced Chinook from Michigan tributaries that contribute to the lake-wide fishery but compete with stocked fish for food, says Mike Staggs, DNR’s fisheries director.

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