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Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bill Ziegler

Michigan DNR changing the process for how it estimates the wolf population

Tyler Petroelje, a wildlife research biologist for the Michigan DNR, recently informed the state Natural Resource Commission of a change in the survey method that generates wolf population estimates. 
For decades Michigan has conducted wolf population surveys in the winter by tracking the packs and estimating how many wolves were in each pack. This method inherently produces a minimum estimate since wolf packs are normally at their lowest numbers in winter. Petroelje said the DNR is transitioning to a camera-based survey.

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Cormorant population continues to increase on Michigan waters

Outdoors enthusiasts and anglers in Michigan have seen double-crested cormorants in increasing numbers during the past few decades.  
Fish-eating birds, double-crested cormorants are found near rivers and lakes, as well as saltwater coastal areas, and are widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico. Here is a look into the impact they are having on some Michigan waters.

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A past and present look into Michigan’s sturgeon fishery

Historically, Michigan’s Great Lakes and connected waterways had strong populations of lake sturgeon.
The Michigan DNR Fisheries Centennial report states that it cannot be determined how abundant sturgeon were in lakes Michigan, Superior, and Huron before commercial fishing started in earnest in the 1830s.
“Millions of pounds of sturgeon were taken in nets for many years,” the report states.

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Michigan’s inland cisco fisheries abound

The cisco typically is found in relatively deep cold well oxygenated lakes with good deeper water summer habitat (Hypolimnion). Lakes that can support trout and whitefish are usually classified as oligotrophic, which have relatively low levels of nutrients, are typically relatively clear, and have good hypolimnion waters during summer thermal stratification.

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Michigan’s inland lake trout lakes provide special fishing experience

The Upper Peninsula historically had some lakes that held native populations of lake trout. Typically, these lakes were deep, clear, and had well oxygenated water (oligotrophic) at depth throughout the summer. The status of inland native lake trout lakes is spotty since in many lakes original fish species records were not kept. In addition, lake

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