Brown trout stocked in Wisconsin's Lake Superior waters
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/2/2013 - 05:38 ] #
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.
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
Belle Isle project improves fish habitat, opportunities for anglers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2013 - 07:13 ] #
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.”
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...
Larry Davis is a veteran waterman who enjoys helping anglers catch Lake Erie's yellow perch
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/28/2013 - 07:12 ] #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...
Northern Michigan spring: Cold, wet and steelhead-y
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:55 ] #The spring has been cold and wet not only for anglers, but for the fish they are angling for.
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.
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
Lake trout struggling to rebound in Erie
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:52 ] #
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...
Great Lakes salmon are the focus of new video series
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/5/2013 - 06:20 ] #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...
A Tale of Two Species
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/5/2013 - 06:15 ] #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...
Lake Erie's walleye, yellow perch still slumping, but Ohio daily bag limits remain the same for 2013
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/1/2013 - 06:31 ] #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...
Wild reproduction of fish on rise in Lake Huron
- Editor H2ONotes [ 3/12/2013 - 06:28 ] #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.
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...
Lake Ontario's fishery continues to be in fine shape
- Editor H2ONotes [ 3/12/2013 - 06:27 ] #Lake 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...
Getting techy: Satellite temperature readings can help Great Lakes anglers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 3/4/2013 - 06:32 ] #Want to make the most of your fishing day out on the Great Lakes? The Great Lakes Coastwatch is helping you do that.
Great Lakes Coastwatch site provides surface water temperature charts
based on readings taken by satellite several times a day.
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...
Hunters, anglers get Michigan licenses cheap
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/15/2013 - 06:04 ] #
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...
Walleye, Yellow Perch hatches below average in Lake Erie Western Basin
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/30/2013 - 06:18 ] #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...
Environment Fishing Other
Fishermen alarmed by Great Lakes water levels
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/30/2013 - 06:10 ] #
Recent fluctuating temperatures have resulted in lower water levels in
the Great Lakes and area officials and fishermen say it's a great cause
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...
Hunting, fishing boost Michigan economy
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/23/2013 - 05:18 ] #
Despite 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
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