Salmon Ambassadors Find Wild Salmon Still Dominate Catches in Lake Michigan
Volunteers with the Salmon Ambassadors program have been measuring the length of Chinook salmon and looking for adipose fin clips around Lake Michigan for the past three years. In 2016, volunteers in Wisconsin and northern Lake Huron reported an increase in quality fishing over 2015. Trends in % Wild were similar to previous years. Over 80% of kings at ports from Pentwater to Manistee were wild, with lower contribution of wild fish in Wisconsin and Lake Huron. Volunteers were split in their opinion of 2017 stocking reductions, with 51% in favor of the proposed cut.
Here's how YOU can Help Scientists Understand Great Lakes Fisheries
What are lake trout eating in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron?
When are wild and stocked salmon being caught?
Where are alewife schools most abundant?
Anglers can help scientists get answers to all of these questions (and more) by volunteering for citizen science projects in 2017. To get started, check out the article below and register for the online Great Lakes Angler Diary app. This app will eventually replace pencil-and-paper recording by Salmon Ambassadors and offers the ability to collect a wider variety of data on all species of salmon and trout, along with cisco, walleye, and musky.
Is now the time for cisco restoration in Lake Michigan?
Cisco, also known as lake herring, were once among the most abundant fish in Lake Michigan. The cisco appears to be making a comeback centered in Grand Traverse Bay, but is still at a fraction of its former abundance. Resource managers, biologists, and anglers are now debating the pros and cons of options for stocking cisco, restoring habitat, or allowing them to recover on their own.
Sea Grant Educator Receives Tanner Award
The Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman’s Association recently awarded Michigan Sea Grant Extension ducator Dr. Daniel O’Keefe with the Dr. Howard A. Tanner Award for his contributions to Michigan’s sport fishery.