After 50 years of stocking trout in Lake Michigan, it's time for a change of plans according to Wisconsin DNR Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist Bill Horns. He says there is "no significant evidence that they are reproducing naturally."
The agency's revised plan is to emphasize stocking the deep waters off Sheboygan and near Beaver Island on the Michigan side. Previously much of the stocking targeted near shore areas meant for fishing but Horns says there will be a little of that approach.
Horns says anglers may prefer to have a greater number of fish being placed for recreational use.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service expects to raise-and-stock over three-million yearling trout, and over a half million fingerlings. Three types of lake trout will be planted to boost diversity, and increase the chances for natural reproduction. The project will be discussed Monday night at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland in Manitowoc County.