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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?

Find Out


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.



Salmon Ambassadors in Grand Rapids

The next Grand Rapids Steelheaders meeting will feature a presentation from Dr. Dan O'Keefe on the Salmon Ambassadors volunteer program. 

Over 110 anglers from 33 ports have signed on for the 2014 season, but we could use some additional help from river anglers to learn more about natural reproduction of salmon in Michigan streams.

6:30-8:00 p.m.
Monday, June 30

Diamond Hall
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Beyond Bass

Sure, bass and bluegill are fun to catch and loved by all, but with over 100 species swimming in Ottawa County waters there is plenty to learn about other finny neighbors.

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24

Hemlock Crossing
Nature Education Center
West Olive, Mich.

Fish Finder

Where and when can you find fish in local waters?  Get a feel for how fish relate to different habitats with underwater video from nearby lakes and rivers.

7 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 10

Spring Lake District Library
Spring Lake, Mich.

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