fish hatchery

RAPID RIVER, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of walleye fingerlings have been released in Little Bay de Noc to improve the numbers of the fish in the area.
The Daily Press of Escanaba reports that 160,000 fingerlings were released last week as part of a joint restocking effort between the state Department of Natural Resources and the Bay de Noc Sports Fishermen club.
The fingerlings were raised at a DNR fish hatchery and released at a boat access site in Rapid River. It could take the fingerlings about three years to grow to 15 inches in length.

DELTA COUNTY, MI - The Department of Natural Resources has announced the results of a long-term study to determine the contributions of hatchery-reared walleyes in the bays de Noc. Since the 1960s, when the walleye numbers were in decline, the fish’s population has been rehabilitated through protective regulations, improved habitat, and stocking efforts. Natural reproduction has been detected in Little Bay de Noc since as early as 1988, but stocking efforts have continued in these waters to help increase walleye numbers.