The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a group of volunteers from Lake Huron Sportfishing, Inc. worked to help ensure the future of angling on the AuSable River and Lake Huron on May 16.
The partners released more than 40,000 yearling steelhead into the river, half of which from the DNR fish pens in Oscoda.
The pens are operated by Lake Huron Sportfishing in partnership with the DNR, with a goal of imprinting the AuSable as home of the steelhead, thus bringing them back to the sports fishery as adults.
The planted fish came from the DNR’s Thompson Hatchery in the Upper Peninsula. Half were directly stocked to the river. The other half were also released to the river, but only after spending two weeks in the Oscoda fish pens, where they were fed and guarded around the clock by LHS volunteers.