Coho and Chinook Salmon in Great Lakes

May 7, 2010


The first coho salmon caught in Lake Michigan

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes:

In 1966 a biologist, Dr. Howard Tanner, came up with a creative

solution to the Alewife problem: plant Coho Salmon to feed upon

the pesky little Alewives. Three quarters of a million small Coho

salmon were stocked in the tributaries of Lake Superior and Lake

Michigan where they had never lived before. Coho, or Silver

Salmon, a type of Pacific salmon, grew rapidly in the Great Lakes

with the huge supply of alewives to feed upon. By 1967 people

began catching Coho with rods and reels.

The planted Coho grew so well that the Michigan Department of

Natural Resources planted the largest strain of Pacific salmon in

1967, the Chinook or King Salmon in Lakes Michigan and Huron.

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