Prominent Lake Erie commercial fishing operation charged with more than 20 wildlife violations

Investigators from the Division of Wildlife observed employees of Curtice, Ohio-based Szuch Fishery Inc. allegedly injure a “trophy-sized” muskellunge – like this one – that had been caught in their commercial fishing net in western Lake Erie. (Ohio DNR)The Ohio DNR has charged a prominent Lake Erie commercial fishing operation with more than 20 wildlife violations. For the complete story,…

Fish passage project could have ‘broad impact’ on Great Lakes

Walleye along with yellow perch, suckers and smallmouth bass could again swim the winding Boardman River beyond downtown Traverse City to forage for food or spawn in submerged vegetation, as they did more than a century ago.Walleye, yellow perch, suckers and smallmouth bass could again swim the winding Boardman River beyond downtown Traverse City to forage for food or spawn…

Jim Beam fined in massive bourbon spill that killed fish

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources found dead fish along 62 miles of Glenns Creek and the Kentucky River.VERSAILLES, Ky. — Jim Beam was fined $600,000 earlier this month after a July warehouse fire sent a nearly 23-mile plume of alcohol into the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, killing fish. The distiller agreed to the fine in a Dec….

Vendors scramble as fresh perch supply shrinks

Because Great Lakes perch is so hard to come by, some businesses are turning to European perch, or Zander, he said, which comes from Poland and other areas in Europe with bodies of fresh water. The fish comes to the U.S. frozen and is not as tasty as yellow perch.

Annual spring fish and wildlife hearings questions, results

For voting results regarding 2019 Wisconsin DNR fish and game proposed rule changes, click here. Total participants were 10,712, including 7,310 who participated online – an option that was offered for the first time in the 2019 annual spring fish and wildlife hearings, held across the state April 8. For related stories, see the May 3 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor…

Cold weather causing winterkill on some southern Minnesota lakes

(Minnesota DNR file photo)As ice comes off of southern Minnesota lakes, evidence of this year’s harsh winter is washing up along the shorelines. While dead and dying fish washing ashore can be discouraging to see, it’s the result of a natural process called “winterkill,” according to biologists with the Minnesota DNR. “Shallow lakes like we have in southern Minnesota are…

Lake trout limit reduced on Grand Traverse Bay

At last week’s meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, commission acted to reduce daily possession limit of lake trout in these waters from two fish to one. Change was necessary because 2018 recreational harvest limit for lake trout in Grand Traverse Bay was exceeded.