If you like your chinook salmon in the St. Joseph River, you won’t be happy with the latest news. However, if you’re a big fan of coho or love to fish in Salt Creek, Trail Creek or the Little Calumet River, you should be stoked for the salmon season in a year or two.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has eliminated the chinook stocking program from the St. Joe river due to poor returns, thus opening up production space for baby coho.
The DNR will stock 60,000 fingerling coho into the St. Joseph River and 30,000 coho into Salt Creek in Porter County this fall. Trail Creek and the Little Calumet River will also receive approximately 75,000 coho salmon.
According to a release from the DNR: “With the declines in steelhead returns each summer/fall season on the St. Joe and with improved access on Salt Creek, it makes sense to move these fish in order to provide balanced fall fishing opportunities,” said Brian Breidert, DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist. “We will continue to evaluate the lake fishery as well as coho returns on the St. Joseph River through the fish ladder passage program and creel surveys.