Fish Hatchery ends 2022 summer season with Labor Day weekend

Historic site hopes to offer grayling fish during the 2023 season
The Grayling Fish Hatchery – which ended its season Labor Day weekend – reported another successful year of welcoming visitors to the historic site.
“We had a great year. The hatchery benefitted from partnerships with area groups as well as a lot of great local support. Folks love the bluegill pond, the bridges over the raceways, and feeding the big trout that gather below the raceways,” said Josh Greenberg of the Grayling Fish Hatchery board.
As the 2022 season ends for the facility, the hatchery fish will be taken to a local lake.
“As we have been, the trout currently at the fish hatchery will be transported to Howes Lake this fall, where they have become very popular among local ice fishers,” Greenberg said.
In late June, hatchery officials – after working with the state for several months – said they anticipated getting a shipment of grayling fish, but the delivery did not happen. Fish hatchery officials said they’re hoping to get grayling at the facility next summer.
“We were enthusiastic about receiving grayling in 2022, but it now looks like we’ll have the grayling for 2023, which will be a great addition,” Greenberg said.
The grayling – namesake for the city and township of Grayling – have been extinct in the area for decades. Hatchery officials said the logging industry and overfishing contributed to the departure of the grayling from the area.
The state is working to reintroduce the grayling fish to Michigan waterways through its Arctic Grayling Initiative.
“Arctic grayling thrived in Northern Michigan’s coldwater streams until the onset of the 20th century. Fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts visited destinations such as the AuSable River in Grayling for this iridescent fish. But by the 1930s, three factors contributed to the grayling’s demise: habitat destruction, unregulated harvest, and predation/competition from non-native fish species. The local extinction of this wild fish was a tragic loss for Michigan,” according to the Arctic Grayling Initiative website.
“The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative seeks to establish self-sustaining populations of this species throughout its historical range in Michigan. The initiative has more than 50 partners collaborating on the reintroduction. The next steps include identifying interest and abilities of partners, collecting baseline data, initiating the building of broodstock, and stocking efforts. The Manistee River watershed, once known as a premier grayling river, will be the first location for reintroduction,” according to the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative.
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Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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