Thousands of steelhead find a home in Red Cedar River

With a loud splash and the flash of several thousand fins, a whole school, and then some, of steelhead were introduced to the Red Cedar River on the Michigan State University campus.

April 16, 2013

CANR Dean Fred Poston helps restock the Red Cedar with steelhead on April 15, 2013. Photo by Matt Hallowell

With a loud splash and the flash of several thousand fins, a whole school, and then some, of steelhead were introduced to the Red Cedar River on the Michigan State University campus.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources re-stocked as many as 3,000 of the fish on April 15. Taking part in the ceremony were DNR Director Keith Creagh, MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum, and MSU Acting Provost June Youatt.

“This is one more demonstration of our long relationship with Michigan’s natural resources and agriculture community,” Youatt said.

The stocking follows an MSU Board of Trustees’ decision last December to re-open the Red Cedar to hook-and-line fishing on campus. Fishing is now allowed on the north bank of the river between the western edge of the Brody Complex and the Sparty bridge.

This is the first time anglers have been able to fish from the Red Cedar shore on campus since the 1960s.

Fishing the Red Cedar’s designated area will be allowed during a three-year test period.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

For more on water-related research conducted at MSU, visit http://www.IWR.msu.edu or http://cws.msu.edu/.

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