Spring 2015: West Michigan Fish Notes
Volunteers report that wild salmon dominated catches in 2014
Anglers enrolled in the Salmon Ambassadors program found that wild fish made up 57-82% of the Chinook Salmon catch in areas around Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron. Full results from the 2014 season are now available.
Full article: Salmon Ambassadors results
Fact sheets: Results by port
New issue of Fisheries magazine features two articles on Great Lakes charter fishing
The May issue of Fisheries magazine includes an article on the status of the Great Lakes charter fishing industry. Researchers and extension educators with Ohio and Michigan Sea Grant surveyed charter operators in all Great Lakes states to assess changes in business practices, revenues, and expenses. Results show a 27% drop in charter trips from 2002 to 2011.
A companion paper in the same magazine investigates reasons for the decline of charter fishing on Lake Huron. Charter trips declined by 51% in Lake Huron as Chinook Salmon catch rates dropped and gas prices increased. Catch rates for Walleye, Lake Trout, or combined trout and salmon species could not explain the decline of charter fishing as well as Chinook catch rate could. Similarly, Chinook catch rate alone did not explain the decline as well as a combination of gas price and Chinook catch rate.
MSUE News articles:
Profile of Great Lakes charter industry
Causes of Lake Huron charter fishing decline
Fisheries magazine articles (electronic journal access required):
The Great Lakes charter fishing industry: 2002-2011
Factors influencing charter fishing effort trends in Lake Huron
Grand River Plume Video
The mouth of the Grand River is a popular spot for a variety of fish species. Warm, nutrient-rich river water meets cold, clear lake water and creates an underwater edge. Schools of Alewife and a lone Chinook Salmon make an appearance in this short video.