80K fish stocked locally

BARAGA — Nearly 80,000 fish were planted in Copper Country waterways last fall as part of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) planting efforts last fall.

Statewide, the DNR stocked 834,175 fish from nine species, weighing about 11.5 tons, the DNR announced Monday.

Six state and three cooperative hatcheries work to produce the fish, as dictated by fisheries managers throughout the state.

George Madison, fisheries biologist with the DNR in Baraga, said the recommended stocking rates for Michigan waters are based on statewide surveys of what fish reside in the waters and what forage is available for the fish.

Last fall’s are in line with the typical historical levels, Madison said.

Fall stocking totals locally were:

Baraga County

Falls River: Rainbow trout (Michigan); 26,385; state plant; average length 2.64

Fence Lake: Rainbow trout; 2,000; private plant (under permit); average length 11.02

Houghton County

Lake Perreault: Brook trout (Assinica); 2,800; state plant; average length 6.18

Penegor Lake: Brook trout (Assinica); 450; state plant; average length 6.18

Keweenaw County

Lake Medora: Rainbow trout (Michigan); 22,889; state plant; average length 3.23

Lost Lake: Brook trout (Assinica); 600; state plant; average length 6.22

Ontonagon County

Firesteel River: Rainbow trout (Michigan); 24,807; state plant; average length 2.64

Ontonagon River: Lake sturgeon; 630; state plant; average length 6.65; passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag

Ontonagon River: Lake sturgeon; 631; state plant; average length 6.65; PIT tag