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?
Cold-water trout, ducks and other fish and wildlife may be threatened by a wetlands bill currently being considered by Wisconsin legislators. Unless major changes are made, the bill removes protections from about one million acres of state wetlands. While there are problem areas in the current law that prevent or delay development on a small percentage of questionable-quality wetlands, conservationists say the bill (before any possible revisions) is a bad one for the environm...ent, including fish and wildlife. The original proposal — AB 547 and SB 600 — would eliminate DNR oversight and allow filling of non-federal wetlands. While the bill retains a requirement for builders to mitigate each acre of wetland filled by creating 1.2 crew of new wetlands, not all wetlands are created equal. Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation are among the many groups that testified or registered against the bills. A recent legislative hearing featured an overflow crowd, with a majority testifying or registering against the bill.
Learn more, and find out how to contact your legislator, by clicking on the accompanying link.
This is crazy. A good reminder to always remain vigilant while on the water.
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Michigan to increase chinook stocking, a fraction of what it once planted due to abundant natural reproduction on that side of the lake.
The DNR is seeking public comments on a commercial large mesh gill net fishery study proposed for Lake Michigan in the Sheboygan area.
Currently, such large mesh gill nets are allowed in Wisconsin north of Bailey's Harbor and in Green Bay but are not allowed south of Bailey's Harbor and all of Zone 3 due to concerns about potential impact they may have on other game fish through unintentional bycatch and mortality and user conflicts.
Commercial fishers have requested the abil...ity to use large mesh gill nets in Zone 3 to more efficiently harvest their whitefish quota.
Comments can be submitted to DNRLAKEMICHIGANPLAN@wisconsin.gov before Jan. 10.
You can learn more and see the draft framework for the study at https://content.govdelivery.com/…/Large%2Bmesh%2Bgill%2Bnet….
Love that Michigan is taking exciting steps to introduce/reintroduce even small numbers of other fish species into the Great Lakes. Whether coaster brook trout, Atlantic salmon or now, grayling, it's something for license-buyers — those providing the majority of the money to manage the sport fishery — to get fired up about. Hoping the Wisconsin DNR takes another crack at putting in even small numbers of "other" fish such as those mentioned, and hybrids like tigers and splake. Meeting after meeting, and face-to-face in boats, marinas, sport shops, bars and restaurants, a majority of anglers say they'd like to see fewer lake trout stocked in exchange for more salmon, steelhead and other species.
In 2017, anglers around the Great Lakes teamed up with scientists from U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Michigan DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Michigan Sea Grant, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and MSU to collect and freeze over 1,000 fish stomachs to help with a study. However, they are short on funds.
Former DNR fisheries biologist Mark Holey of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is going out on a high note with two awards as he prepares for year-end retirement. Holey lives in Door County.