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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.

Southern Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop

This workshop will focus on the latest results from 2016 research and monitoring efforts.  Michigan Sea Grant and South Haven Steelheaders co-host this event.

There is no cost to attend.

Full Agenda

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

South Haven Moose Lodge
1025 Wells St.
South Haven, MI 49090

For workshops on Lake Huron and in the Detroit area see:

Workshop Schedule

Fishes of the Lower Grand River

Birders commonly keep lifelists to track the species that they encounter.  Why not do the same for fish?

This talk will highlight some of the rare and unusual fish species found in the Grand. 

Attendees will also receive a checklist of the 100+ species found in local waters.

There is no cost to attend this talk by Dan O'Keefe of Michigan Sea Grant.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church
524 Washington AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

This presentation will be given at a regular meeting of the Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society.

History of Lake Michigan Fisheries

Dr. Dan O'Keefe will discuss historic  commercial fisheries and issues facing the modern salmon fishery.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Loutit District Library
407 Columbus AVE
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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