- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has placed 27,449 muskellunge fingerlings into 17 waterways around the state in its quest to boost sport angling.

The DNR has reared muskellunge in hatcheries since the 1950s. Fisheries biologist Matt Hughes says production has risen over the years, enabling more water bodies to be stocked.

An important step was overcoming the tendency of muskies to eat their own in stocking ponds. Since 2011, the department has raised them at the Wolf Lake hatchery in Mattawan, where the survival rate is higher.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally producing muskellunge: Great Lakes and northern. The DNR initially focused on the northern strain but more recently has shifted to the Great Lakes variety, which is widely distributed in the state.

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Online: https://www.michigandnr.com/fishstock

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