Crews are collecting millions of eggs from trout and salmon to boost Michigan's populations of both fish species.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is collecting eggs for wild chinook and coho salmon and for captive broodstocks of brown, rainbow, brook and lake trout.
Of the Chinook salmon eggs collected, 2.75 million will be used in Michigan while 500,000 will go to Indiana and 750,000 to Illinois. Of the coho salmon eggs collected, 3 million will be used in Michigan while 1 million will go to Indiana and 900,000 to Illinois.
"From these wild egg sources, we plan to collect 4 million Chinook salmon eggs and 4.9 million coho salmon eggs," said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager. "The number of Chinook salmon eggs is the same as it was last year, with stocking in Lake Michigan in spring 2014 to remain at the same levels as spring 2013."
Captive broodstock egg takes for brook and lake trout are in progress until the end of October at the Marquette State Fish Hatchery. Similarly at Oden State Fish Hatchery, egg takes for brown trout have just started and will continue until mid-November. That will be followed by rainbow trout egg takes at Oden starting in December and continuing until mid-January. All captive egg takes occur every one to two weeks.
Captive broodstocks will provide 220,000 brook trout eggs, 310,000 lake trout eggs, 3 million brown trout eggs and 1 million rainbow trout eggs. An additional 440,000 splake eggs (brook trout and lake trout hybrid) will also be collected to support Michigan's fisheries management objectives.
The public is welcome to observe egg take efforts. The DNR suggests you call ahead to get the final egg take schedule.The phone numbers of each egg collection site are below:Little Manistee Weir, 231-775-9727 ext. 6072Platte River State Fish Hatchery Weir 231-325-4611Marquette State Fish Hatchery, 906-249-1611Oden State Fish Hatchery, 231-347-4689