West Michigan Angler’s News is Now West Michigan Fish Notes
Welcome to West Michigan Fish Notes
! The print and electronic versions of West Michigan Angler’s News
have been discontinued as we move toward a more digital news format.
If you previously received the West Michigan Angler’s News
, you will find similar content in the new West Michigan Fish Notes
e-newsletter. This first issue of West Michigan Fish Notes
includes highlights of the online resources that have been developed over the past year, upcoming events and workshops, updates on charter fishing and salmon stocking programs, and MSU Extension articles of interest. We've also developed a new webpage where you can find events, news and updates specific to Southwest Michigan.
will be issued quarterly to keep you up to date with information posted in all of these locations. Throughout the next year, emerging topics will likely include potential modifications to Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids and results from a 2012 study of charter businesses across all Great Lakes states.
See: Final Print Edition of West Michigan Angler's News (PDF)
See: New SW Michigan News Page
Read on for the first edition of West Michigan Fish Notes e-Newsletter
Fall 2012: West Michigan Fish Notes
Revelation: Some Pacific Salmon Do Feed During Spawning Run
Anglers in Michigan rivers have long known that Chinook and coho salmon will bite on eggs and egg imitations. Until recently, the reason for this was a mystery. Salmon were believed to stop feeding in rivers, but recent research suggests this isn’t always the case. Learn More
The Other Asian Carp: Why Grass Carp Deserve More Attention
Bighead and Silver carp have been at the center of the Asian carp controversy fir several years, but another Asian carp could also have serious impacts on Great Lakes waters.
Meet the Grass Carp
Not All Beach Muck is Created Equal
Summertime can bring green water and foul muck to shore following nuisance algae growth. Sandy beaches on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore are less likely to be affected than rocky northern and western shores.
Learn About Muck
Round Gobies Are Most Abundant Fish in Many Michigan Streams
Researchers at Oakland University sampled 30 Michigan tributaries of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie and found gobies in 14 of these streams.
Gobies made up 14 percent of all fish captured and were more abundant than any other species. Sites without gobies tended to have more rainbow trout, mottled sculpin, minnows, and brook stickleback present. Sites with gobies tended to have more sunfish and bass along with other species that tend to prefer slower current and warmer temperatures.
Reference: Campbell, T. B. and S. D. Tiegs. 2012. Factors governing the distribution and fish-community associations of the round goby in Michigan tributaries of the Laurentian Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38(3):569-574.
Learn About the Round Goby
Lessons in Ecology from the Humble Bluegill
The bluegill is a common and popular fish in Michigan, and also one of the best understood. A recent two-part series looks at studying bluegill in the past and present.
Invasive Species and Boaters
Most Michigan boaters take some precautions to slow the spread of invasive species, but few take all of the recommended steps on a regular basis.
Read the Survey Results
Chinese Mystery Snail Recorded In Michigan Lakes
Another non-native invader has quietly spread into inland lakes and rivers. This large snail is sold by pet stores, water garden suppliers and live food markets, but it can become a nuisance to swimmers if released from captivity.
Learn More about the Mysterious Mystery Snail
Michigan Sea Grant YouTube Channel Features Presentations and Underwater Video from Southwest Michigan
Whether you are looking for underwater video of salmon in local rivers, mini-documentaries on Michigan fish, or technical presentations on fisheries science and management, you will find something of interest on the Sea Grant channel.
Visit the YouTube Channel