Monroe County Michigan Huron River gets steelhead fish plant from DNR

 Steve VanDerLaan is a busy guy this time of year.

As the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ statewide fish-stocking biologist, it’s VanDerLaan’s job to get the annual hatchery production – in the vicinity of 18 million fish weighing 395 tons – out to the state’s lakes and streams during a roughly eight-week window.

Stocking events often turn into a show as interested anglers arrive at stocking sites to see their future quarry. One of the trucks recently brought 32,000 steelhead to the Huron River in Monroe County, one of two deliveries made to the site. About two dozen spectators – several who pitched in to help DNR personnel hook up the discharge tubes – were on hand. Many were members of area fishing clubs, several of whom brought shotguns and cracker shells to haze any cormorants or gulls that might have come by looking for easy pickings.

             Steve Vanderlaan1 year old Steelhead Salmon stocking in the Huron River at Rockwood. READ MORE