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Salmon and trout egg collection going on right now

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Workers at the Michigan Department  of Natural Resources' Fisheries Division are gathering the necessary eggs for the continued production of hatchery fish to support Michigan's fisheries. Fall egg takes are starting or are under way for wild Chinook and Coho salmon and for captive brood stocks of Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Lake trout.

Coho salmon eggs will be collected at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery Weir, scheduled for Oct. 15-23.

"From these wild egg sources, we expect to collect nearly 4.4 million Chinook salmon eggs and nearly 5.5 million Coho salmon eggs," said Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager. "The number of Chinook salmon eggs is 3.4 million less than last year as a result of Lake Michigan stocking reductions."

Michigan contributes to the collaborative efforts of neighboring states to support the Great Lakes fishery. Of the Chinook salmon eggs collected, 3 million will be used in Michigan while 600,000 will go to Indiana and 850,000 to Wisconsin. Of the Coho salmon eggs collected, 2.8 million will be used in Michigan while 1.2 million will go to Indiana, 850,000 to Illinois and 600,000 to Wisconsin.

Captive brood stock egg takes for Brook and Lake trout are in progress until mid-November at the Marquette State Fish Hatchery. Similarly at the 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 starting in late December and continuing to early February, also at Oden. All of the captive egg takes occur on an approximately bi-weekly schedule.

Captive brood stocks will provide 250,000 brook trout eggs, 300,000 lake trout eggs, 1.8 million brown trout eggs and one million rainbow trout eggs. An additional 650,000 splake eggs (Brook trout and Lake trout hybrid) will also be collected to support Michigan's fisheries management objectives.

The DNR says the public is welcome to observe the egg takes. It is best to call ahead to get the final egg take schedule and to ensure the collection efforts will occur. Scheduling information is available for each egg take and can be obtained by contacting each facility directly:

  • Little Manistee Weir - 231-775-9727, Ext. 6072
  • Platte River State Fish Hatchery Weir - 231-325-4611
  • Marquette State Fish Hatchery - 906-249-1611
  • Oden State Fish Hatchery - 231-347-4689

To learn more about fish production efforts in Michigan, visit; for general fishing information, visit

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