Tag Archives: Lake Michigan

Officials consider changes to lake trout regulations

By Howard Meyerson Lake Michigan anglers can expect rule changes ahead for lake trout all along the Lower Peninsula shoreline. State fisheries managers want to liberalize fishing in the southern basin and reduce fishing pressure in northern waters. “We’re interested … Continue reading

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Alewife numbers remain low in Lake Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — Researchers studying prey fish populations in Lake Michigan have found that alewife populations continue to be at low ebb and may dip further before the 2014 fishing season is over. Surveys conducted last … Continue reading

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A winter view: Walking the frozen Lake Michigan shoreline

By Howard Meyerson NORTHPORT, MI — As I moved cautiously from one ice knob to another, planting ski poles for added support in the uneven and slippery terrain, the northwest wind seemed intent on pressing southward, blunting the warm glow … 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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Salmon Limit: Five fish a day in ’14

By Howard Meyerson             GRAND HAVEN, MI – Salmon anglers can look forward keeping five per day again in 2014. That’s what Michigan DNR fisheries managers have concluded after reviewing 2013 catch rates and angler … 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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Commission: GL sea lamprey declining

By Howard Meyerson ANN ARBOR, MI — A draft Great Lakes Fishery Commission assessment of sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes contains good news and, well, not-so-good news. Sea lampreys in the Great Lakes basin have declined by nearly … 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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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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Spring steelhead: Anglers full of anticipation

By Howard Meyerson GRANT, MI — Anticipation is always a big lure when fishing, particularly as the seasons change from winter to spring. Fresh steelhead runs show up on many Michigan streams and this particular morning was no exception. Captain … Continue reading

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