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Anyone know what year it was that the DNR in effort to control fish population stopped planting chinook in Holland and Saugatuck?  Just trying to gauge what the fall run may or may not entail this year...  thank you

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This will give you exactly what you are looking for: http://www.michigandnr.com/fishstock/

County Water Body Species Strain Date Number Operation Avg. Length Fin Clips, Marks, Tags
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/14/10 44,831 State Plant 4.02 oxytetracycline
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/12/11 43,800 State Plant 3.62 adipose, coded wire tag
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/03/12 45,520 State Plant 3.82 adipose, coded wire tag
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/13/13 15,039 State Plant 3.94 adipose, coded wire tag
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/08/14 15,081 State Plant 4.09 adipose, coded wire tag
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/09/15 16,068 State Plant 3.94 adipose, coded wire tag
Ottawa Lake Macatawa Holland Net Pen (06N 16W 34) Chinook salmon Michigan 05/20/16 15,127 State Plant 3.82 adipose, coded wire tag
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Alewives are far from out of trouble.  I'll take a few down years on kings  over having them being gone forever.  

Harbor patrol may suck, and I'm fond of playing bumper boats, but the king fishing out of Holland has been solid this year, to the new normal.  I caught more kings in May this year than I caught in 2015 and 2016 combined.  I caught kings every time I looked for them this year.  Other than April, I never specifically targetted trout this year.

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I read that they don't want to stock under 10,000 fish in a location for cost/efficiency reasons.  Must be whatever number their algorithm produced was less than 10,000 and they don't believe in rounding up.  There still should be some natural reproduction in the river though.

If the alewives are able to rebound and the king stocking stays low, we're going to see more very large fish.  This is a delicate dance the DNR is doing between the alewife population and salmon population.  (And the weather, because that affects reproduction rates of both species as well.)  So far they are doing a good job in the lake as a whole.  

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The river into Holland is a glorified agricultural drain.  I doubt there's any significant natural reproduction.

Even the Joe, Kzoo, and Grand have tribs that support limited reproduction.  I've seen steelhead and caught small rainbows 5 miles from my house in a stream that is not planted.  Not sure if any of those guys run the gauntlet of pike and make it to the big lake.

I firmly believe that other than staging mature fish, the fish we catch out if Holland year round are not Holland plants.  My CWT returns have fish from all over LM and even some from Lake Huron with no pattern.  I've caught mature fish in August from St. Joe, WI, and Rogers City in the same trip.

Fish also stray a lot.  We catch coho in Lake Mac and the nearest plant was the Grand.

So don't be too worried about it.

 

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There's also a no Unum threshold to plant due to predators.  If you're going to lose 5k before they disperse to the lake, better to lose 5k out if 50k and not a third of them.

My nephew caught a master angler walleye in Mac last spring a week after the net pin was opened, and it was full of king smolts.

Oddly, the browns we caught this spring in Lake Michigan were full of little browns...

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As far as a run in Holland the King numbers that were great a week ago are down a lot now (in the lake) so I don't know if a bunch already ran of if they are heading to another port to run. As far as bait we marked bait in big numbers lately S of Holland. There are still a few nice fish to be had yet and Trout fishing is incredible for anyone interested.

However we did find our beer thief yesterdayimagepng_0.thumb.png.6ec57ecfcf440c2b42ff56b3fceae4c2.png

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