Interesting read on wild West Coast/Alaska salmon.
We have some of the best "king" fishing in the world right here on Lake Michigan, a mix of wild and stocked fish.
No ice should be considered completely safe ice this late in the game, but there's still walkable frozen water in some portions of Door County. This gigantic brown trout, caught by Ben Johnson off Washington Island today, scaled out at 24.72 pounds! Thanks to Kevin up at Kap's for sending this our way.
Research has confirmed what many anglers knew, that chinooks were bigger in 2017. In fact, 3-year size fish averaged 2.3 pounds higher than the long-term (1986-2017) average of 15.5 pounds.
Four Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge finalists – a software consultant, a robotics professor, a civil engineer and a hydraulic engineer – will compete for $500,000 in cash prizes in a livestream event Tuesday. Finalists each will have 15 minutes to explain their proposed methods for keeping invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes and five minutes to respond to questions from a four-judge panel. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/snyderlive.http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-84161-464523--,00.html
A flashback 15 years to Todd Jahnke's 2003 K/D Winner, 32.12 lbs., submitted by his wife, Kim. She added, "Get that camera ready for me this summer!" Todd, you got a keeper there. Go Kim!
Whether targeting them on slow days or reeled in as incidental catches when fishing salmon, browns and steelhead, anglers can now keep more lake trout year-round.
Thousands more chinooks for most K/D ports, more steelhead and larger cohos are part of the new objectives in the DNR's three-year Lake Michigan management strategies plan.
K/D co-organizer Kevin Naze talked to Todd Kalish, DNR's deputy director for fisheries, and he detailed plans on redistributing chinooks to ports with better returns while utilizing private hatcheries to increase the stocking of steelhead. Coho numbers will remain similar, but an increased number of yearl...ings — caught about 50 percent more than stocked fingerlings — should improve the catch rate.
In addition to Chambers Creek and Ganaraska strains of steelhead, DNR is returning to Skamanias as well, close to 70,000 in the coming year. The lake trout bag limit has been increased to five, and DNR is open to seeking more cuts in lake trout numbers and substituting chinooks, browns or rainbows in the future if new research shows there are as many lakers out there as anglers suspect.
The net pen program will continue, and expand with more volunteers assisting local fisheries biologists in areas where there's interest.
There will be increased efforts to enhance data collection and analysis with DNR, Fish and Wildlife and voluntary reports of fin clips, stomach analysis, catch by species/size and baitfish sightings.
"We have tremendous, passionate and experienced partners that spend a lot of time on the water, and they're genuinely interested in helping," Kalish said. "The DNR can't and shouldn't do it all. In order for Wisconsin to continue as a world-class salmon and trout destination, we'll cultivate and sustain effective partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders."
Michigan DNR Fisheries Division has completed the agency’s first Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan. Included is this goal, "A diverse fishery comprised primarily of Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead and secondarily of lake trout and brown trout."
Longest-running trout tourney in the area set for April 19-22
First tournament of the open water season in our area.
Here they are everyone! The official event posters for our 2018 Spring Brown Trout Tournament! I want to personally welcome back all our returning teams that ha...ve already been sending in their teams entry forms, and welcome all those new teams for this year!! We're really looking forward to this springs tournament and festivities! Our open water trout season is just about here!
We again will be capping the tournament at 100 teams, so get your team locked in and signed up!
Last fall's bottom trawl showed adult alewives at low levels. Anglers who saw healthy fish packed with bait wonder how that can be, since much skinnier fish of a decade ago often had empty stomachs.
So ... they'll eat other species, but still prefer alewife when available. Tell us, researchers, just how that's helping the chinook situation?