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Brown trout stocked in Wisconsin's Lake Superior waters

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Lake Superior anglers near Duluth and Superior may soon be catching a new strain of brown trout. In late May, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocked about 60,000 Seeforellen-strain brown trout in Lake Superior waters near Superior. The fish were 5 to 6 inches long.

The stocking came in response to anglers who were unhappy that the Wisconsin DNR had refused to continue stocking Chinook salmon in the area, said Peter Stevens, supervisor of Lake Superior fisheries for the DNR.  more...



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Belle Isle project improves fish habitat, opportunities for anglers

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A $2-million habitat restoration project on Belle Isle is expected to further the comeback story of fish on the Detroit River and make Detroit’s island park a more desirable destination for anglers.

Keith Flournoy, Belle Isle park manager for the city, called the improvements “wonderful.”

“Just the aesthetics of it look great,” he said. “And what it does for habitat, for the fish to thrive in this area; the opportunities for fishermen to have a better fishing experience both in the Detroit River and on Belle Isle ... I think it’s money well-spent.”  more...



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Larry Davis is a veteran waterman who enjoys helping anglers catch Lake Erie's yellow perch

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For more than half a century, Larry Davis made a living from the wide waters of Lake Erie and the remnants of the Black Swamp, a fertile marsh once covering much of Northwest Ohio. If the commercial fisherman had grown up around the Chesapeake Bay instead of Reno Beach, just east of Toledo, he'd be known as a waterman, a rugged breed of outdoorsman with the skill set to fish, trap and hunt in order to keep the home fires burning.  more...


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Northern Michigan spring: Cold, wet and steelhead-y

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The spring has been cold and wet not only for anglers, but for the fish they are angling for.

The steelhead fishing in some rivers has been slowed a bit by this cold spring, says Heather Hettinger, Department of Natural Resources fisheries management biologist for the central Lake Michigan management unit. She oversees watersheds from the Platte, which dumps into Lake Michigan in Benzie County, to the Mackinac Bridge.

"The only river that has had a good run prior to this really has been the Betsy, and the Betsy has been good since the last two weeks of March," said Hettinger.  more...


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Lake trout struggling to rebound in Erie

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Anglers chasing transplanted Pacific Ocean salmon on lakes such as Ontario, Huron and Michigan occasionally tie up with a native lake trout and generally are happy about it.

Rarely is the linkup made on Lake Erie, although Tom Harbison’s Ohio record, a 201/2-pound, 34-incher caught in April 2000, proves that such a thing is done. Shallow and temperate Lake Erie, being the southernmost outpost for the cold-water lakers in North America, produces neither numerous nor especially large specimens.  more...



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Great Lakes salmon are the focus of new video series

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April is an exciting time of year for salmon and trout anglers.  Big lake trolling and pier fishing starts off in the southern end of Lake Michigan and the steelhead run is in in full swing in west Michigan streams.  Another story unfolds in shoreline eddies, where young wild-spawned Chinook salmon feed on stream insects and put on weight for their journey to Lake Michigan.  more...

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A Tale of Two Species

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I stand here on this riverbank, pondering the answers to life as I watch my cold breath escape my lips, my focus on the bobber floating downstream. I am here in an attempt to clear my mind, and to catch a fish. I am pursuing a fish as marvelous as the environment it inhabits. A steelhead is my target today. While waiting for the sign that a steelie has been enticed by my offer of artificial eggs, I start to wonder how steelhead make it through life. I begin to make comparisons, my life with that of a steelhead.   more...


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Lake Erie's walleye, yellow perch still slumping, but Ohio daily bag limits remain the same for 2013

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The Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch populations continue to decline, but the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission decided at its annual meeting here on Thursday that there were enough of Ohio's favorite fish to maintain the same bag limits of a year ago.  more...

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Wild reproduction of fish on rise in Lake Huron

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Lake Huron faces a barrage of environmental stressors, including loss of aquatic habitat, climate change, ongoing coastal development, invasive species and the water quality threats posed by toxic chemicals and non-point pollution, that is, runoff from farms and cities.

Despite these challenges, there are signs that more and more species of native and desirable non-native fish are reproducing in the wild and that the fishery of the lake is increasingly diverse.  more...


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Lake Ontario's fishery continues to be in fine shape

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juskowsalmon.jpgLake Ontario’s fishery is in fine shape, according to several presentations given at Wednesday evening’s “State of Lake Ontario” meeting at the DEC’s training facility in Pulaski. Speakers from state Department of Environmental and U.S. Geological Survey staff covered everything from last year’s record-setting catches of chinook, coho and brown trout -- to the effort to re- introduce a bait fish, the deep-water cisco (also called a bloater).  more...


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Getting techy: Satellite temperature readings can help Great Lakes anglers

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Want to make the most of your fishing day out on the Great Lakes? The Great Lakes Coastwatch is helping you do that.

The Great Lakes Coastwatch site provides surface water temperature charts based on readings taken by satellite several times a day.

Daniel O'Keefe, district extension Sea Grant educator with Michigan State University Extension, explains that two buoys in Grand Traverse Bay and Little Traverse Bay have "thermister strings," which means take temperatures at different depths in the lake.

"From a fisherman's perspective, you're basically looking for, during the summer, colder water. In the spring, you're looking for warmer water," said O'Keefe.  more...


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Hunters, anglers get Michigan licenses cheap

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Much has changed in Michigan since 1997: Gasoline prices have tripled, food prices increased more than 40 percent and health-care costs have skyrocketed.

It seems that everything costs more today than it did 16 years ago — unless you hunt or fish in Michigan. The price of hunting and fishing licenses here hasn’t increased since then. more...



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Walleye, Yellow Perch hatches below average in Lake Erie Western Basin

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Walleye and Yellow Perch hatches in Lake Erie's Western Basin were below average in 2012. That is the word from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The numbers come from the ODNR's yearly survey which is done in August every year.

In that survey, DNR trawlers drag nets through targeted waters to collect and count the fish species in a designated area. In 2012, only about two young-of-the-year walleyes were collected per hectare of water. A hectare measures out roughly to 2.5 acres of water.

Normally, nine young-of-the-year walleyes are found per hectare.  more...



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Fishermen alarmed by Great Lakes water levels

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Recent fluctuating temperatures have resulted in lower water levels in the Great Lakes and area officials and fishermen say it's a great cause for concern.

Officials are monitoring the situation very closely. Windsor fishermen say the downward trend is alarming.

“It's like someone pulled the plug and it's slowly going down," says fisherman Jim Leclair. “It's getting bad, really bad because the water was up to the levelness of that wall, and now it just seems to be going down and down.”  more...



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Hunting, fishing boost Michigan economy

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Fishing Lake St. ClairDespite drought conditions, low water levels and a rash of disease in the white-tailed deer population, fishing and hunting remained a boon to the Michigan economy in 2012.

With more than 1.19 million fishing licenses and more than 2.39 million hunting licenses purchased from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) between last March 1 and Jan. 17, 2013, the state surpassed its total revenue from the previous year by more than $375,000.  more...



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