The public is again this year invited to purchase surplus salmon that have been harvested at Department of Natural Resources’ weirs across 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 that market the fish.

“We work closely with ACF to maintain a professional approach to dealing with the returning salmon and to ensure the harvest is done in the most environmentally friendly way,” said Ed Eisch, Northern Lower Peninsula hatchery manager for the DNR. “The number of fish returning to our rivers is so large 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 using caution when eating certain kinds and sizes of fish from Michigan lakes and streams. For current advisories, the Eat Safe Fish Guide should be consulted. It is available at or by contacting MDCH at 800-648-6942.

Michigan retailers selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs:

  • Andy’s Tackle Box
    14573 Coates Hwy.
    Brethren, MI 49619
  • AuSable River Store
    680 W. River Road
    Oscoda, MI 48750
  • Hank and Sons
    16441 Coates Hwy.
    Brethren, MI 49609
  • Lixie’s Fish Market
    2699 Lixie Beach
    East Tawas, MI 48060
  • Pappy’s Bait & Tackle
    17092 Caberfae Hwy.
    Wellston, MI 49689
  • R & J Resort
    3070 Keith Road
    Brethren, MI 49619
  • The Stout Trout Smokehouse
    17356 Caberfae Hwy.
    Wellston, MI 49689
  • Tippy Dam Campground
    17974 Old House Road
    Wellston, MI 49689
  • Wellman’s Bait & Tackle
    410 S. State St. #309
    Oscoda, MI 48750

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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