Lake Michigan

Increased stocking planned on Lake Michigan

For 2020, 2021 and 2022, chinook salmon stocking numbers will increase to 1,200,000 fish annually, coho stocking will increase to 500,000 annually, steelhead stocking will increase to 460,000 fish annually and brown trout, a popular fish, caught off piers and in harbors, will increase to 450,000 fish annually. 

Great Lakes see ‘Superior’ ice coverage

Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. But warmer temperatures in the coming days will start to bring on a great melt.

Lake Michigan kayaker startled by gator find

After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Ill., by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. (Photo courtesy of City of Waukegan/Facebook)WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday…

DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant

The Wisconsin DNR approved a request this week to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle.MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR approved a request this week to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to…

Members of Congress want 1-year deadline for Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a crucial Illinois waterway. In a letter to heads of House spending committees, 26 lawmakers from Great Lakes states said the next federal budget should order the U.S. Army Corps…

Wisconsin DNR sets hearing on Foxconn water diversion

The Wisconsin DNR approved a request this week to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle.MADISON, Wis. — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons…

Lake Michigan gets clearer, but it’s not all good news

Lake Michigan’s waters have dramatically cleared up in the past two decades, but researchers fear the changes could be hurting marine life. Several factors have made the water clearer, including reductions in agricultural and sewage runoff. But invasive mussels have played a bigger role, researchers say; there are trillions of them now, enough to filter all of Lake Michigan’s water…

Sea lamprey numbers mysteriously rising in Lake Superior, Lake Erie

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison…