Thu, 09 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources planted thousands of splake into Munising Bay Wednesday. It's an annual effort to increase fishing opportunities in Upper Michigan. Munising Bay just got a little more crowded. The annual DNR splake plant is something local fishermen look forward to. "It's a good eating fish, they're fun to catch, and they're relatively easy to catch," said fisherman David Cromell. The splake plant increases the fish supply for fishermen over the summer and winter seasons. Splake are hybrids bred from lake and brook trout and don't reproduce on their own. They spend 14 months maturing at the Marquette Hatchery and then are taken to the drop site in Munising by the truckload. "They'll take a few days, they'll have to acclimate to the area, and then they'll move on to deeper water, readjust, then grow and thrive in Lake Superior," said Sharon Babbit, Fisheries Technician with the DNR.They're planting about 35,000 splake which took four full trucks. That's 3.2 tons of fish, something that Jim Aho of the DNR says is good for the economy. They will be planting about 235,000 splake throughout the season."This is important because it creates jobs, not only necessarily DNR jobs, but also the fishing in general creates about $7 billion in the state economy," said Jim Aho, Hatchery Biologist.Aho says that splake plants tend to increase the number of fishing licenses issued. The next splake plant will be Thursday in Marquette. Another plant will take place in Copper Harbor in about two weeks. There will also be several smaller plants throughout other bodies of water in the U.P.
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