By Howard Meyerson
As summer winds down and thoughts turn to fall, area sport anglers often turn their attention to the Grand River. September is prime time for salmon runs. The city’s downtown fishery is next to none, drawing anglers from all over Michigan who come looking for an exciting urban fishing experience.
What’s not to love about hooking a 6-pound coho salmon; its orange-red meat is excellent table fare. Then there are some 20-pound chinooks. They’re called King salmon for a reason. Hooking one is guaranteed to be a memorable angling moment.
State fisheries officials say the new coho salmon stocking program for the Grand River should improve the fishery this year. They estimate as many as 10,000 cohos coming upriver in mid to late September. Read more about what’s expected on the city of Grand Rapids’ Experience GR Blog.
Wonder if the DNR will consider stocking more coho’s since they aren’t as bait specific as King’s?
mfs686: Good question. I suspect they will first see if the coho survival is, in fact, better than prior years because of the changed stocking regime. Then comes the question of hatchery capacity. We’ll see.