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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.

Fish Notes 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.

  • Part 1 provides an overview of why researchers have been studying the ecology of bluegill in Michigan lakes for more than a century.

  • Part 2 explores how ecologists have studied the selective feeding behavior of bluegill to learn more about how animals weigh the risks and benefits of foraging.

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.

Salmon videos

Visit the YouTube Channel

Registration Now Open:

Ludington Fishery Workshop

Last year’s workshop focused on options for reducing lakewide predation on forage fish in Lake Michigan. At this year’s workshop, Jay Wesley of MDNR will discuss the final lakewide plan to reduce predation and present a port-by-port overview for stocking reductions in Michigan waters.

Other topics will include the Lake Michigan forage base, a new study of the Great Lakes charter fishing industry, and the Great Lakes Observing System, which develops products and online tools for mariners, researchers and anglers.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

Comfort Inn & Suites
7576 S. Pere Marquette Hwy
Pentwater, MI 49449

Registration is required. The workshop is free, but there will be a $10/person charge for lunch provided by Subway and Comfort Inn. Cash or credit for lunch will only be accepted at the door.

Click for more information or to register (PDF).

Secrets of Salmon and Steelhead

Join Dr. Dan O’Keefe for a fun and informative talk on salmon and steelhead in Michigan rivers. Underwater video of salmon in the Pere Marquette River system and other area rivers will be featured.

WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12

WHERE: Mason County MSUE Office
111 S. Main Street
Scottville, MI 49454
This program is free, though seats are limited. To reserve your spot, contact:
Wendy Marek
(231) 757-4789

New MSUE Office Opens in Scottville

Scottville's Main Street features a new tenant in the old Star Theater.

The new Mason County MSUE office is at 111 South Main Street in Scottville. Stop by on your way to troll the big lake or hit the Pere Marquette River for some fall steelheading.
The storefront window display now features Asian carp, and includes a life-size silver carp replica. Other Sea Grant materials including books, brochures and bobbers are available at the Scottville office along with a host of other MSU Extension materials useful for families, farmers, entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts.

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