Monday, March 28, 2011

Brown Trout stocked in Lake Michigan

This just in from the Chicago Tribune:

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.— The state of Indiana says it plans to stock Lake Michigan with 35,000 brown trout in hopes of improving the diversity of fishing along the state's 45 miles of shoreline.

Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert of the Department of Natural Resources says the fish are from Illinois and are roughly four months old and 3 to 4 inches long.

Breidert says Indiana would like to rear these fish to a larger size to increase survival rate once stocked but there is limited space within the state's hatchery program.

The DNR has been stocking Lake Michigan with trout since 2002. The trout are normally stocked in late June at four different locations along Lake Michigan.

Pictured is a fully mature brown trout.  I took this photo a few years ago on a tributary to Lake Michigan.

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