The public is once again invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state.

The DNR maintains multiple sites where fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs and milt from Chinook and Coho salmon for use in the hatcheries. Fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries (ACF), a private vendor which assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

After the DNR’s egg needs are met, ACF harvests the salmon for the human and pet-food markets as well as excess eggs for the bait market. ACF pays the DNR a flat per-pound rate for the salmon and eggs collected. ACF makes suitable-quality fish available wholesale to distributors who market the fish.

“We work closely with ACF to maintain a professional approach to dealing with the returning salmon and to ensure that the harvest is done in the most environmentally-friendly way,” said Ed Eisch, DNR manager of fish production for the northern Lower Peninsula. “The number of fish returning to our rivers is so large that the DNR needs the assistance of private partners like ACF to help in this area of fishery management.”

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recommends that you use caution when eating certain kinds and sizes of fish from Michigan waters. For current advisories, consult the Michigan Family Fish Consumption Guide, is available on the internet at or contact MDCH at 800‑648‑6942.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

Michigan Retailers Selling Salmon Harvested at DNR Weirs

Andy’s Tackle Box

14573 Coates Hwy.

Brethren, MI 49619


Hank and Sons

16441 Coates Hwy.

Brethren, MI 49619


R & J Resort

3070 Keith Road

Brethren, MI 49619


Lixie’s Fish Market

2699 Lixie Beach

East Tawas, MI 48060


Au Sable River Store

680 W. River Road

Oscoda, MI 48750


Wellman’s Bait & Tackle

410 S. State St. #309

Oscoda, MI 48750


Pappy’s Bait & Tackle

17092 Caberfae Hwy.

Wellston, MI 49689


The Stout Trout Smokehouse

17356 Caberfae Hwy.

Wellston, MI 49689


Tippy Dam Campground

17974 Old House Road

Wellston, MI 49689


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