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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Fishing > Lake Michigan Fishing > Stocking Schedule Stocking Schedule

Trout and salmon are stocked in Indiana Lake Michigan waters as follows:

chinook salmon
coho salmon
summer-run steelhead
winter-run steelhead

Early May
November
Late March
December

Stocking Information

The Pacific salmon and trout spend their adult lives in the Great Lakes in place of their native ocean. When they become sexually mature, they migrate to the stream or lake area where they were stocked in order to spawn. Chinook and coho die after spawning; steelhead may live to spawn in future years. The age of sexual maturity varies among species. Normally, a chinook matures at 2-4 years of age, coho at age 2-3, and steelhead at 3-5 years of age. These species of Pacific trout and salmon make up the majority of the fish migrating/ returning to Trail Creek, Little Calumet River and Salt Creek.

To view a movie of the Steelhead Trout spawning cycle, click on one of the links below (the higher version will allow a higher quality/slower download time while the lower version will have a lower quality/quicker download time):

QuickTime
RealPlayer
Windows Media
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Low (4.61M)
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If you are unable to play these movies, you may need to install or update your player by clicking on one of the player names.

Interagency Management

Who manages the Great Lakes and Lake Michigan?

The interagency management of fishery resources in the Great Lakes was formalized in the 1980s when A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries (Great Lakes Fishery Commission 1980) was ratified by the heads of federal, state, provincial, and tribal resource agencies (known as the Committee of the Whole, COMW) concerned with these water bodies (Eshenroder et. al. 1995). The Joint Plan implemented a framework for cooperative fishery management under the aegis of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC). The Joint Plan established procedures for achieving a consensus approach among Great Lakes fisheries-management agencies. Fish communities in each lake must be managed as a whole. The Joint Plan ensures that each agency has a stake in the entire system and recognizes that the interactions among fish species is important in the overall management of the Lakes’ fisheries.

Individual lake committees are responsible for implementing this consensus approach to fish community management. Lake committees are composed of a single representative from each management agency with jurisdiction on a Great Lake. The Lake Michigan (Lake) Committee (LMC) has representatives from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin along with the Chippewa-Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority. The Lake Michigan biologist stationed in Michigan City is Indiana’s representative.