Surplus salmon available to the public again this fall

 American-Canadian Fisheries assists DNR with the salmon harvest.
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Press Release

Sept. 18, 2014

Contact: Aaron Switzer, 231-325-4611, ext. 15; Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839;
Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

Surplus salmon available to the public again this fall

The public again this year is invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state.

Seasonal salmon runs include large numbers of fish returning to their native streams to spawn and die. The DNR maintains multiple sites (weirs) where fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs and milt (sperm) from Chinook and coho salmon for use in state fish hatcheries. Once egg-take needs are met, fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries, a private vendor that assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

ACF harvests the salmon for human and pet-food markets, as well as excess eggs for the bait and caviar markets. ACF pays the DNR a flat, per-pound rate for the salmon and eggs collected. They then make suitable-quality fish available wholesale to distributors who market the fish. 

"We work closely with ACF to maintain a professional approach to dealing with the returning salmon and to ensure the harvest is done in the most environmentally friendly way," said Aaron Switzer, the DNR’s acting northern Lower Peninsula hatchery manager. "The number of fish returning to our rivers is  large enough that the DNR needs the assistance of private partners like ACF to help in this area of fishery management."

The Michigan Department of Community Health recommends you use caution when eating certain kinds and sizes of fish from Michigan lakes and streams. For current advisories, the Eat Safe Fish Guide should be consulted. It is available online at or by contacting MDCH at 1-800-648-6942.

The following Michigan retailers are selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs:

  • Andy’s Tackle Box
    14573 Coates Highway
    Brethren, MI 49619
  • AuSable River Store
    680 W. River Road
    Oscoda, MI 48750
  • Hank and Sons
    16441 Coates Highway
    Brethren, MI 49609
  • Lixie’s Fish Market
    2699 Lixie Beach
    East Tawas, MI 48060
  • Pappy’s Bait & Tackle
    17092 Caberfae Highway
    Wellston, MI 49689
  • R & J Resort
    3070 Keith Road
    Brethren, MI 49619
  • Tippy Dam Campground
    17974 Old House Road
    Wellston, MI 49689
  • Wellman’s Bait & Tackle
    410 S. State St. #309
    Oscoda, MI 48750

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to