Tag Archives: Chinook Salmon

Lake Michigan salmon runs proving slower, smaller than average

By Howard Meyerson BEULAH, MI — Fall is the time of year when Lake Michigan salmon start nosing their way up natal streams to spawn and die. State fish managers, however, are uncertain about what to expect this season. Many … Continue reading

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2014: The year ahead – for starters

By Howard Meyerson Last year was full of interesting developments: The endangered Kirtland’s warbler was reported to have made a comeback, Lake Michigan salmon were huge but proved less plentiful, the DNR moved to reopen some state forest campgrounds, camping … Continue reading

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Year 2: Lake Huron Atlantic salmon program underway

By Howard Meyerson               GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Atlantic salmon will again be stocked at four Lake Huron locations in 2014. State officials are gearing up for the second round in a five-year experiment to … Continue reading

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2013 Salmon Returns: The lowdown on the slowdown

By Howard Meyerson GRAND HAVEN, MI — Salmon fishing is defined a lot of different ways in Michigan. Much depends on who you talk with and their perspective. River guides are calling the 2013 fall run an “outstanding,” “banner,” or … Continue reading

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Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan producing 20 and 30 pounders

Howard Meyerson GRAND HAVEN, MI – It was just shy of 7 a.m. when a rod bucked and caught everyone’s attention. “There’s one,” yelled Captain Brian Butts, owner of Sea Flea Charters LLC, out of Grand Haven. He had just … Continue reading

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Lake Huron Brown Trout Program Scrapped

By Howard Meyerson ROGERS CITY, MI –  Five years into a 6-year experiment to determine whether the Lake Huron brown trout fishery can be restored – by stocking the lake with large hatchery-raised yearlings – state fisheries managers have concluded … Continue reading

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Mixed Expectations: Lake Michigan salmon fishing hit and miss despite big fish

By Howard Meyerson What anglers can expect from the Lake Michigan salmon fishery this year is anybody’s guess. But rest assured that people are watching it closely. State and federal officials continue to be worried about the forage base, the … Continue reading

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Bottoming Out? Lake Michigan forage still at all-time low

ANN ARBOR – Lake Michigan’s prey fish population grew in 2012, but not enough to put aside concerns about the potential for collapse, according to federal scientists who conduct annual prey fish assessments on the Great Lakes. Findings from 2012 … Continue reading

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New weight, length requirements for Michigan’s Master Angler Program

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s popular Master Angler program recognized a whopping 1,189 anglers including four new state records in 2012, but changes were needed, according to state officials, to bring the program in line with its intended purpose. New rules … Continue reading

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Mixed Blessing: Wild Lake Michigan salmon challenge fish managers

By Howard Meyerson PENTWATER – As Lake Michigan states prepare to cut Chinook salmon stocking by 50 percent on Lake Michigan, researchers are looking closely at the growing number of wild fish that swim there.  Determining their abundance will prove … Continue reading

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