The public is again this year 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 (sperm) from Chinook and coho salmon for use in state fish hatcheries. Fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries (ACF), a private vendor that assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

After the DNR’s egg needs are met, ACF harvests the salmon for human and pet-food markets, as well as excess eggs for the bait and caviar markets. 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 the harvest is done in the most environmentally friendly way,” said Ed Eisch, the DNR’s Northern Lower Peninsula hatchery manager. “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 online at or by contacting MDCH at 1-800-648-6942.

Michigan retailers selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs include:

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

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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