Lansing — Crews have begun collecting millions of eggs from trout and salmon to boost Michigan’s populations of both fish species.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the fall egg taking season is getting under way for wild chinook and coho salmon and for captive broodstocks of brown, rainbow, brook and lake trout.
Chinook salmon eggs are being collected at the Little Manistee River Weir this week. Coho salmon eggs will be collected at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery Weir next week. Other operations will take place at state hatcheries in Marquette and Oden.
DNR fish production manager Gary Whelan says most of the eggs will remain in Michigan but some will go to Indiana and Illinois.
The public is welcome to watch DNR teams collect eggs.