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Ontonagon – Officials say more than 21 million fish have been stocked in Michigan’s public waters this year.

The Department of Natural Resources says its staffers have made 381 trips to nearly 800 stocking sites on the Great Lakes, inland lakes and rivers.

Ten species were placed in the waters, including rainbow trout, chinook salmon and steelhead. The numbers and types released at each location depended on requests from fisheries managers, hatchery rearing assignments and the source and temperature of each facility’s rearing water.

Michigan has six state hatcheries and two cooperative hatcheries. They produce fish that are delivered at specific times to ensure survival and success.

This year’s total included 14.4 million walleye spring fingerlings and fry that were reared in ponds by the DNR and tribal partners.

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