Summer 2015: West Michigan Fish Notes
New study finds Michigan boaters unsure on invasive species prevention
Boaters want to take steps to prevent the spread of invasive species, but survey results suggest that many do not know which steps are now required by law. In Michigan, boaters are required to remove plant material from boats before launching and drain water from bilges and live wells before leaving the launch area. Nearly 18 percent of boaters believed that removing plants is not required, and 21 percent believed that draining is not required.
MSU research focuses on invasive crayfish found in Holland
The remains of red swamp crayfish were found at a popular fishing site on Lake Macatawa on June 26, 2015 by MSU graduate student Kelley Smith. Anglers should be aware that possession of live red swamp crayfish is now prohibited in Michigan. The Michigan DNR and researchers at MSU are now working on mapping the distribution of native and invasive crayfish in Michigan waters.
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Freshwater drum: sheephead by another name
Two recent articles from MSU Extension tackle myths and misconceptions surrounding this abundant (but oddly unpopular) native fish:
Fishing tournament focuses on freshwater drum
Freshwater drum are fun to catch, but can you eat them?