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Michigan DNR releases Coho and Atlantic salmon into the Thunder Bay River

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) 20,000 Atlantic salmon were released into the Thunder Bay River on Wednesday.

Alpena, Mich. — Anglers now have more fish to catch thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

On Wednesday, 20,000 Atlantic salmon and 50,000 Coho salmon were released into the Thunder Bay River. Both species of fish were raised in hatcheries near Traverse City for 18 months. It’s the first time that Coho salmon have been stocked here at the Thunder Bay River since 1974.

Coho salmon are sure to give fishermen a new challenge on the water.

“These fish provide an awesome fishery for anglers across the state,” said Dan Operhall, fishery technician for the Michigan DNR. “There is many people who come from all over to catch these fish. They fight hard. They taste delicious. They’re just a blast to catch.”

Atlantic salmon are released every year at that location by the Michigan DNR. They’re also released at other sites on the Sunrise Side like the Au Sable River.