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Winter 2014: West Michigan Fish Notes

Understand Options to Stop Asian Carp and Make Your Voice Heard!

Now is the time to state your opinion on basin separation options for the Chicago Area Waterway System. Eight alternative plans are listed in the recent GLMRIS report. Two of the plans involve dams that would restore the natural divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins in Chicago. You can submit comments online until March 3 at the GLMRIS website or register to attend one of two meetings in Michigan (Jan. 21 in Ann Arbor or Jan. 23 in Traverse City). 
Learn more about the issue by:


Three Simple Steps to Help Your Salmon Fishery

The Salmon Ambassadors program enlists anglers to gather information on Chinook salmon caught during the 2014 season. This will help biologists understand how stocked and wild fish contribute to fishing success at individual ports over the course of the year. Contact Dan O'Keefe at okeefed@msu.edu if you interested in participating.

Volunteers are asked to do the following for each Chinook caught:

  • Measure the length
  • Check for fin clip
  • Record catch info
To learn more about the program, see:
Video About the Program
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Ludington Fisheries Workshop Recap

2014 Ludington workshop was held on January 11 despite the slick roads and mix of rain and snow that made travel difficult. For those who could not attend, video of select presentations are available online:


Northern Pike: Michigan's Water Wolf

As the ice thickens on Michigan lakes, anglers head out to catch a toothy predator. Pike are very popular with some anglers, but others avoid pike because of their sharp teeth and bony fillets. A few simple tips can turn you into a pike lover, too.

Mystery of the Great Lakes Buffalo

Not all buffalo roam the plains. Large rivers and productive lakes are the habitat of an entirely different kind of buffalo: bigmouth buffalo, smallmouth buffalo and black buffalo are rare in the Great Lakes region and their origins remain somewhat obscure.

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Yellow Perch Summit

The Lake Michigan Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission invites you to participate in this basin-wide summit. 

Topics will include perch aquaculture and stocking, the status of perch populations and perch fishing in Lake Michigan, and an overview of perch regulations around the basin.

8 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Location in Chicago area
to be announced next week.

Free, but registration is required by March 15. 

If you cannot attend in person, MI Sea Grant will be offering a webinar option that also requires registration.

Note: Registration is not yet open; details on registration, location, and agenda will be available here by Jan. 24.

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