by Michigan DNR

Angler releasing an arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) while showing off its sailfin

Michigan’s historic effort to reintroduce Arctic grayling to the state’s waters will be supported by a grant of $11,000 from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to the Michigan DNR’s Fisheries Division.

Arctic grayling thrived in northern Michigan’s cold-water streams until the onset of the 20th century. Fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts visited destinations such as the Au Sable River to see this beautiful fish. But by the 1930s, three factors contributed to their demise: habitat destruction from logging, overfishing and competition with introduced trout species.