Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator
You may recall similar words being uttered by Sheriff Brody aboard the boat ORCA in the movie Jaws. Well, if you plan on fishing the Clinton River in the City of Auburn Hills this year here is some similar advice … you’re going to need a bigger net.
Why, might you ask? Well, once in a great while the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division has some extra adult trout on hand to release at one of the many stocking locations they have in our great State. These adult fish are not available on a regular basis, so they are considered “extra” fish, above and beyond their regular annual allotment.
I’m pleased to report that earlier this week the DNR selected the Clinton River at Riverside Park as the location to release these extra fish. As it worked out, in addition to the annual allotment of around 1,500 yearling brown trout (7-9 inches) stocked at Riverside Park, the DNR released over 750 adult brown (13-26 inches) and adult rainbow (14-16 inches) trout. That’s not a typo; a small number of the brown trout surpass the 2-foot mark.
History was also made as it was the first time ever the DNR stocked adult rainbow trout – and they did it right here in the City of Auburn Hills.
So, if you have any plans to fish the Clinton River in the City of Auburn Hills, take my advice and bring a bigger net. You don’t want to let the big one get away!