Five-thousand-seven-hundred walleye found a new home Wednesday in Little Bay de Noc.
"People come to Delta County to fish, and what this is going to do is just continue to make the fishery even better than it already is," said Bays de Noc Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director, Steve Masters.
It's often referred to as the 'Walleye Capital of the World" and also home to an illegal fishing operation three years ago that took thousands of pounds of fish out of the bay. That is why the fish plant happens each year: to replenish the bay with more walleye to get it back where it used to be.
For some business owners, they're hoping that this fish plant allows them to bounce back, back to a time where business wasn't so rough.
Keith Wils owns a charter business, and ever since the illegal fishing at Little Bay de Noc, things have been slow, and he's trying to pick up the pieces.
"I'm down probably two-thirds of what it used to be five or six years ago, so it's very important. If I did what I did before, I could have hired someone, and now I'm all by myself," said Wils.
Not only is Wil's concerned for his business, but also the community.
"You can take a ride by and all the motels in the area here, and there's no boats anymore. So, we need people here to fish, keep us all going, and....it's very important," Wils added.
The new walleye that were planted are six to nine inches long and have over a 90 percent survival rate.