Spring 2014: West Michigan Fish Notes
Second Video in "Salmon in the Great Lakes" Series Focuses on Fishing in Open Water
This video series provides an overview of the story of Great Lakes salmon and salmon fishing for students and others who do not have much experience with salmon fishing. This second installment includes basic fishing methods and underwater video of salmon strikes.
New Revelation on Lake Huron's Collapse Could Spell Trouble for Lake Michigan
The harsh winter of 2002 was a key factor in the collapse of alewife in Lake Huron. Could last winter’s record ice cover on Lake Michigan have similar consequences?
Lake Michigan Charter Fishery Held Strong in 2013 Despite Dip in Catch Rate
Michigan charter boat operators logged 11,857 trips on Lake Michigan waters in 2013. Fishing effort on Lake Michigan is fairly consistent from year-to-year, although catch rates and fish size can change dramatically.
More Details on Charter Fishing
Updated Fishing Economic Stats Now Available for Ludington and Other Ports
Ludington is a popular destination for trout and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. In 2013, charter fishing brought $1.87 million into the local economy and a single two-day tournament generated 2,519 employment hours for local businesses. Stats for other ports can be generated on request or by using Michigan Sea Grant's online economic calculators. See:
Six-foot Fish are Swimming in West Michigan Rivers, but Fishing for Them is Off Limits
Lake sturgeon are magnificent prehistoric fish that spawn in the Manistee, Muskegon, Grand and Kalamazoo rivers of west Michigan. They are also protected and vulnerable to illegal fishing.