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Opposum Shrimp

A lot of anglers are starting to take a closer look at what our salmon are eating. Last week, while prefishing, Jim Stepp and Doug McCallister discovered these small shrimp in the bellies of coho salmon out in over 200 ft of water. The scientific name is Mysis relicta and apparently native to the Great Lakes. These shrimp do not eat the same food as alewives and actually fare as a good source for the alewives. After talking with other anglers from Grand Haven, Michigan and all along the east coast of Lake Michigan about these shrimp it seems to be a common food source for the coho in deeper depths. The attachment below explains these crustaceans a bit more in depth.

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