Just a reminder for the upcoming stream salmon season - ALL hatchery Chinooks in Lake Michigan (1, 2, and 3 year olds) are marked with an adipose clip and a coded wire tag. We expect most Chinook salmon returning to Indiana tributaries should be hatchery fish, so almost all the fish you catch in our streams should be tagged.
Indiana DNR and the USFWS are looking for tagged salmon in Indiana tributaries, Salt Creek, Little Calumet, Deep River especially, but also Trail Creek.
If you catch one and want to turn it in, you can remove the head by cutting the snout off, starting just behind the eyes. We don't need the bottom jaw, just the top half of the head.
Then bag the head individually with a note saying when and where it was caught, freeze, and turn into the Indiana DNR Lake Michigan Office at 100 West Water Street, Michigan City (phone 219-874-6824)
If you catch want to know the age and where/when the salmon you caught was stocked, you can leave your information at the office and I will make a note in the database, and notify folks when we get the information back.
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