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60,000 Chinook Salmon Released into Boardman River

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Salmon Fishermen in the Traverse City-area can look forward to a hearty season ahead. Today, 60,000 Chinook Salmon were released into the Boardman River. The Salmon are small now, but once they have gone through the smolting process, they will be released for Anglers and visitors to catch. They were released into pen nets to help them implant in the river, the release is not only to benefit sport fishing, but also to maintain the fish population.

The Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association says they will feed the fish every half hour, and it's typically between three and five weeks when they're ready to be released. Once they swim to the back of the nets, they have 24 hours to remove them.