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Fall 2014: West Michigan Fish Notes

Wels Catfish Among Species Banned in Michigan

Photo Credit: Joe Pell, Wikimedia Commons

The wels catfish, which can reach 9 feet long and weigh more than 200 pounds, is one of seven animals that were recently added to Michigan’s list of Prohibited Species.

See: About the wels and why it is prohibited

Great Lakes Migrants: More Than Just Salmon

The fall salmon run is a powerful reminder that backyard creeks and streams are connected to the Great Lakes. Salmon are one of many fish that move between habitat types. Great Lakes anglers often use the term anadromous to describe the salmon's upstream movement into Great Lakes tributaries, but the term potamodromous is a more accurate description of fish behavior that involves moving between freshwater environments over the course of the life cycle.

See: Great Lakes migrants

Grand River Sucker Run Video

Many of Michigan's 15 species of sucker are also potamodromous. Although suckers do not necessarily die after spawning as Pacific salmon do, they can still play an important role in transferring nutrients upstream during their spring spawning run.

See: Video of a sucker run in the Grand

Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop


Featured topics will include the mass marking of Chinook salmon and lake trout, recent success in rearing and stocking native cisco, and a radical change in the diet of alewife.

A panel discussion will also provide the chance to address possibilities for the future of the Lake Michigan.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Baymont Inn & Suites
4079 W. U.S. Hwy 10
Ludington, MI 49431

Required by Jan. 2
Includes hot buffet lunch

Online Registration

Full Agenda

MMM Lecture Series: Asian Carp and AIS

The Michigan Maritime Museum winter lecture series kicks off with Dan O'Keefe of Michigan Sea Grant presenting on Asian carp and other invaders.

This program is free and open to the public, with no registration required.

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
2 - 4 p.m.

Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Ave
South Haven, MI 49090

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