Michigan will cut the number of Chinook salmon planted in Lake Huron next year, according to state officials. The lake can’t sustain as many of the sport fish because invasive mussels have dramatically altered the food web, largely eliminating alewives, the salmon’s primary food source.The number of Chinook stocked will drop from 1.5 million to 693,000, a move supported by sport fishing groups. Though salmon fishing has essentially vanished from southern Lake Huron, the species still reproduces naturally in the northern section. The shift has allowed for a revival of native walleye and lake trout.
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