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Spring 2016: West Michigan Fish Notes

Where's the bait?

Lake Michigan anglers can now share fish finder images with USGS scientists. Dr. David Warner (dmwarner@usgs.gov) is accepting e-mailed images of bait balls along with the following info:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Depth
  • Latitude/Longitude

Are anglers seeing bait where biologists are not?

2015 Salmon Ambassadors results released

In 2014, Salmon Ambassadors found that wild fish accounted for 65-75% of the Chinook catch in Michigan waters of Lake Michigan. Results were somewhat similar in 2015, with wild Chinooks making up 72-81% of the catch in four Michigan regions of Lake Michigan:

  • 72% wild in Manistee
  • 81% wild in the Ludington area (including Pentwater)
  • 74% wild in the Grand Haven area (Whitehall to Saugatuck)
  • 72% wild in southwest Michigan (South Haven to St. Joseph)

Door Peninsula, Wisconsin, stood out in both 2014 and 2015 as the region with the highest-rated Chinook salmon fishing in July and August. The contribution of wild fish to Door County volunteer catches rose from 62% wild in 2014 to 69% in 2015. Northern Lake Huron and Southern Wisconsin had much lower contribution of wild fish (37% and 41%, respectively).

Volunteers with the program found that medium-sized Chinook salmon were relatively scarce last year. Kings in the 20-30 inch range last year were mostly Age 2, which means that Age 3 fish could be hard to find this year.


Evelyn S. featured in new video and museum exhibit

Commercial fishing is an integral part of Michigan's maritime history. Gill net tugs like the Evelyn S. provide a link to the past. Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven is home to the newly-restored vessel, which will be open to visitors.

Free Fisheries Workshop in South Haven

Topics will include findings on mass-marked salmon and trout, planning for Lake Michigan management, and assessment of alewife and other baitfish.

This workshop is open to the public and free of charge. No registration is necessary.

WHEN: Thursday, April 21
7-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Haven Moose Lodge
1025 Wells St.
South Haven, MI

Flyer and agenda

Port Sheldon Buoy Needs Your Support!

Anglers and boaters have come to rely on information provided by this buoy, which was originally funded by a NOAA grant. 

Continued operation in 2016 requires additional local funding support.

Click on the link below to see how much more is needed to deploy the buoy this spring, and make a donation if you can!

YouCaring Donations

Ed VerHamme

History of Great Lakes Fishing Talk

Over the past two centuries, fishing on the Great Lakes has changed due to new technologies and the impact of invasive species. 

Learn more about how invasive species have influenced commercial and sport fisheries from Sea Grant's Dr. Dan O'Keefe.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7
7-8:15 p.m.

WHERE: Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI

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