MICHIGAN'S 1998 TROUT STOCKING

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, approximately 40% of all recreational fishing in Michigan depends on stocked fish, including 70% of the Great Lakes trout and salmon fishery. The spring stocking season generally begins the first week in April and lasts until mid-June. Fall stocking usually occurs in September and October.

On this page I've highlighted just a few of the more popular West Michigan rivers and streams that are stocked by the DNR. You can use these links to quickly find the trout and salmon plantings for:

Kent County: Coldwater River, Grand River, Rogue River
Lake County: Pere Marquette River
Muskegon County: Crockery Creek, Muskegon Lake
Newaygo County: Muskegon River

The complete DNR Fish Stocking Report for each year fills about 140 pages and includes both coldwater and warmwater fisheries. On the last page of the report, you can learn about the types of markings used on many of the planted trout and salmon, as well as the sources and strains of the planted fish. To help identify your catch, see the Michigan Trout Identification.

The DNR also provides some interesting Hatchery Information for fishermen and conservationists. When you're in the area of a hatchery, it's worth your time to stop and see how the operation works. Many seem to be open seven days a week.

Kent County

Buck Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Byron Center Rd.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

1,980

5.6

Clyde Park Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

1,980

5.6

Ivanrest Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

980

5.6

44th St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

1,980

5.6

54th St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

1,980

5.6

68th St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

480

5.6

Coldwater River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Baker Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

4,850

5.6

Coldwater Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

2,230

5.6

Park

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

4,850

5.6

Duck Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Montcalm Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

650

5.6

Flat River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Main St.

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

5,018

8.0

Grand River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Riverside Park

Chinook Salmon (Michigan)

298,978

4.2

Lime Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Lime Lake

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

1,587

6.8

Lime Lake

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

4,985

7.8

Marjella Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Marjella Lake

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

800

6.8

Rogue River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Algoma Ave.

Brown Trout (Gilchrist Creek)

1,140

4.6

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,140

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,280

5.9

Childsdale Ave.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

2,450

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,480

6.0

Edgerton Ave.

Brown Trout (Gilchrist Creek)

1,140

4.6

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,140

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,260

5.9

Grange Rd.

Brown Trout (Gilchrist Creek)

1,140

4.6

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,140

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,280

5.9

Jerico Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

2,450

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,480

5.9

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

34,230

7.9

12 Mile Rd. - Friske Dr.

Brown Trout (Gilchrist Creek)

1,140

4.6

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,140

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,250

5.9

12 Mile Rd. - Summit Ave.

Brown Trout (Gilchrist Creek)

1,140

4.6

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,140

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

2,265

6.8

Tyler Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Freeport Ave.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

390

5.6

100th St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

390

5.6

84th St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

390

5.6

92nd St.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

390

5.6

Lake County

Harper Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Harper Lake P.A.S.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,980

5.6

Little Manistee River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

18 Mile Bridge

Brown Trout

2,000

7.1

Little South Branch Pere Marquette River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Taylor Bridge

Brown Trout

700

6.1

Middle Branch Pere Marquette River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Section 14

Brown Trout

1,000

6.1

Pere Marquette River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Bowman's Bridge

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,450

6.9

Cannons

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

2,450

6.9

DNR P.A.S. - Sulak

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

2,450

6.9

Green Cottage

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

5,000

6.5

M 37 - P.A.S.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

5,000

6.5

MacDougalls

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

2,450

6.9

Rainbow Rapids

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,450

6.9

Rod & Gun Club

Brown Trout

1,000

12.7

Brown Trout

5,000

3.6

Upper Branch Bridge

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

1,450

6.9

Muskegon County

Crockery Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Bailey Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Behler Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

M-46

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Moore Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Ravenna Park

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

5,052

8.0

Sherman

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Crockery Creek Tributary

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Laketon Ave.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

200

5.7

Slocum Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

290

5.7

Half Moon Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Half Moon Lake

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

7,380

7.8

Muskegon Lake Outlet

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Mukegon Lake Outlet

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

18,460

6.1

Chinook Salmon (Michigan)

34,124

4.2

Chinook Salmon (Michigan)

56,100

3.2

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

10,068

7.7

North Branch Crockery Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Laketon Rd.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

200

5.6

Newaygo

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

290

5.6

Norris Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Farr Rd.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

150

5.6

Sternberg Rd.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

150

5.6

Sullivan Rd.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

100

5.6

White Lake Channel

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Montague

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

18,500

6.1

Newaygo County

Big South Branch Pere Marquette River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Big S. Br. Pere Marquette River

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

2,450

5.9

Condon Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Condon Lake

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

500

6.4

Crockery Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Ferris Road

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

980

5.7

Crystal Lake

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Crystal Lake

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

5,865

6.2

Muskegon River

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Anderson Flat

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

8,976

6.6

Croton Dam

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

15,000

6.4

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

24,401

6.5

Henning Park

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

9,296

6.6

Chinook Salmon (Michigan)

137,310

3.2

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

18,640

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

5,796

6.6

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

20,202

7.9

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

5,000

8.2

Newaygo P.A.S.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

9,700

6.2

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

16,717

6.6

Pine Street

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

3,000

6.4

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

17,000

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

15,266

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

14,040

6.6

Rainbow Trout (Steel-MI Winter)

20,170

7.8

Thornapple Ave.

Brown Trout (Wild Rose)

18,624

6.5

Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake)

29,257

6.6

Tamarack Creek

Location

Species (Strain)

Est. Number

Avg. Length (in.)

Newcosta Rd.

Brown Trout (Seeforellen)

2,440

5.6

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