Good news for Lindy Land salmon fans—biologists with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources report collecting enough Chinook salmon eggs during this fall’s spawning run to supply future stocking efforts in the Badger State and beyond.

Even though the run ran later than normal and fish numbers dipped a bit, DNR fisheries staff at the Strawberry Creek Chinook Facility in Sturgeon Bay met their goal of 1.5 million eggs needed to produce the approximately 810,000 kings planned for spring 2016 stocking.

Meanwhile, the Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine provided 450,000 eggs to the state of Indiana and the C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee provided 100,000 eggs to the state of Illinois.

“We have been pleased with the returns at Strawberry Creek, which remains our primary location for Chinook egg collection,” said Dave Boyarski, northern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor. “We are also fortunate to have the Root River and Besadny facilities serving as backups and providing help to neighboring states."

Brad Eggold, DNR southern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor, says fisheries managers expected this year's run would be down from recent record highs because in 2013, Wisconsin decreased stocking levels by 30 percent.

"We reduced stocking—as did other states—to better match the availability of alewives, the main food source for salmon," Eggold explains. "This is part of the collaborative management we practice on Lake Michigan to help ensure a healthy and sustainable sport fishery that benefits anglers throughout the region.”

In other Lindy Land fishing news, the Michigan DNR has confirmed a new smallmouth bass state record.

A 9.33-pound bronzeback caught Oct. 18 on Hubbard Lake in Alcona County by Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan, eclipsed the old record of 9.25 pounds, which had stood for more than 100 years.