Rare Atlantic salmon caught in Detroit River

Rare Atlantic salmon caught in Detroit River

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A suburban Detroit fisherman made a remarkable catch from the Detroit River, landing an Atlantic salmon weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces.

Atlantic salmon are rare in the Detroit River. The St. Marys River, which drains Lake Superior into Lake Huron in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula about 350 miles north, is the main Atlantic salmon fishery in Michigan.

“It’s my first Atlantic salmon ever,” said Brad Smyth of St. Clair Shores, Mich. “I couldn’t believe it was actually right here on the Detroit River.”

The captain of Detroit Outdoor Adventures, a charter fishing operating on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit, caught the fish on a 1½-ounce Jonah D.O.A Jig while fishing for walleyes. The 41-mile Detroit River, which flows from Lake St. Clair into Lake Erie, is part of the U.S. boundary with Ontario.

“It was immediately obvious that it wasn’t a walleye,” Smyth said. “It started thrashing and I thought it was a snagged carp. All of a sudden it came to the surface. I actually netted the fish before I caught up slack in my line.”

Atlantic salmon were once native to Lake Ontario. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials are hoping to reproduce the success they’ve had on the St. Mary’s, and Atlantic salmon have been stocked in the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, which flows into Lake Huron; the Au Sable River, which also flows into Lake Huron near Oscoda; and Lexington State Harbor in Lake Huron at Lexington, Mich.

Another rare catch also was made recently in the Detroit River, when a 120-pound sturgeon was taken by U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service personnel. Sturgeon are native to the river, but are extremely rare.

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July 10, 2017 at 08:36PM

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