Tag Archives: Lake Michigan

Avian Botulism Takes its Toll: Scientists Continue to Look for Clues

By Howard Meyerson Joe Kaplan didn’t have to look far to find dead birds in 2007. Thousands had washed up on the northern Lake Michigan shoreline, from Sleeping Bear Dunes north across the Upper Peninsula. Carcasses littered the light-colored sands. … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan’s charter-fishing catch rate slips in 2013

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Lake Michigan anglers complained in 2013 about catching fewer though bigger chinook salmon than prior years, but charter fishing captains had a pretty good year. They logged 11,875 fishing trips, the second highest … Continue reading

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Early season salmon calls for cold water tactics

By Howard Meyerson BENTON HARBOR, MI — The sizzle of running line caught everyone’s attention. Another fish had hooked up and seemed to be running with a lure. It was just nine in the morning and the ice box was … Continue reading

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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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