A Fish Story … You’ll Have To See To Believe!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

It’s April 9th and well past April Fools’ Day, so you might be more inclined to believe my “fish story.”

Well, there are some big fish swimming in the Clinton River right now, and they happen to be residing in the City of Auburn Hills.  How could I be so sure this news is no joke?  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Fisheries Division were rotating out brown and rainbow trout from their hatchery broodstock program and decided to release the adult trout on March 26th at Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills.  We have photos!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that Riverside Park is one of the MDNR’s stocking locations along the Clinton River because the City offers a number of locations where anglers can fish from the bank or enter the waters.  Riverside Park and River Woods Park are the two most popular parks where you might see someone cast a line into the water in hopes of catching a fish or two.

For those looking for more specifics a total of 672 brown and rainbow trout averaging 19 inches (almost two feet long) were released into the river.  This is only the second time the MDNR has released adult trout into the river.

So, if fishing happens to be one of your favorite past times, and you don’t want to take a three-hour drive up north to the Au Sable River, why not test your skills right here in Downtown Auburn Hills.  Thank you, MDNR Fisheries Division!

Friendly Reminder: As of April 1, 2018 anglers will need a new fishing license and brush-up on some new fishing regulations.  Please see Stream Type 3 below for the fishing regulations for the main branch of the Clinton River.

DNR Fisheries Continues To Deliver

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Back on April 21, 1980, the DNR Fisheries Division began stocking the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills.  They delivered 2,110 smallmouth bass to the stretch of the Clinton River that flows through Riverside Park that first year.

We’re pleased to announce that the 37-year tradition continues.  Yesterday the DNR released 2,400 brown trout into the river – making it a total of 512,113 fish released over the life of this program.  The species stocked the first year included pike and smallmouth bass before switching to the more familiar rainbow trout and brown trout in the years that followed.

The purpose of the DNR’s annual stocking program, which is funded through fishing license fees, is to help support your local urban fishery. This is similar to the program the City created in partnership with DNR Fisheries, the Clinton River Watershed Council and the four chapters of Trout Unlimited (Challenge, Clinton Valley, Paul H. Young, and Vanguard).

The increase in angling hours on the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills is one factor the DNR uses in determining the release site, something the City is proud to see grow in popularity over the years. We look forward to seeing the many anglers in the area explore and enjoy one of our region’s greatest natural resources – the Clinton River.