Monday, June 5th, 2023
Monday, June 5th, 2023

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Steve Begnoche

Alewife numbers stable as researchers find no significant change in biomass in Lake Michigan

In recent years, anglers had challenged findings of the annual prey fish surveys stating they saw more alewife than the surveys indicated were present. Anglers contended Lake Michigan could support more Chinook salmon than were being stocked due to fishery managers’ concerns over the health of the prey population.
Wanting to avoid a collapse of the forage base and sport fishery that Lake Huron experienced years ago spurred a cautious approach by fishery managers.

A mass marking program shines light on salmon movement in Great Lakes

Tracking Chinook movement is one aspect of an ongoing Great Lakes mass marking program done cooperatively with almost a dozen state and federal agencies across five states. There are up to 20 people working on lakes Huron and Michigan gathering samples during the open-water fishing season.
Chuck Bronte, fisheries biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation office, discussed program findings during the recent Lake Michigan Ludington Regional Workshop.

Additional salmon stocking planned for Lake Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan stocking plans announced earlier for 2023 are moving forward, and the fish in the hatcheries are being raised to make that happen, says Jay Wesley, Lake Michigan basin coordinator.
Those plans call for Lake Michigan to receive 1,000,000 Chinook salmon; 300,000 brown trout; 650,000 yearling steelhead and 1,580,000 coho salmon in Michigan waters.

In Michigan, push continues to revive cormorant control order

Ludington, Mich. — Double-crested cormorants eat an estimated 77 million pounds of fish a year from the Great Lakes. That number is based on a population of about 230,000 of the diving fisheaters now living and nesting around the Great Lakes. Cormorant populations are well above historic levels and are affecting the highly stressed Great

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