Tag Archives: Salmon

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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Lake Michigan fishing forecast: Colder waters, smaller salmon and steelhead

By Howard Meyerson It’s not a stretch to say that lakes will be cold when the 2014 fishing season opens on April 1. And, given the volume of frigid runoff this spring, federal hydrologists predict Lake Michigan-Huron waters are likely … Continue reading

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Increased license fees will improve inland fishing, cold water habitat and hunting lands

By Howard Meyerson The start of Michigan’s 2014 fishing season is still a couple of weeks away, but if you haven’t been paying close attention you might be surprised when you buy a fishing license this year. Prices have gone … Continue reading

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Raising a Legacy: Young hatchery fish planted in state waters are the seeds of Michigan’s multi-billion dollar recreational fishery

By Howard Meyerson When winter snows drift across the fruit farms and asparagus fields outside of Mattawan and the region’s fertile soils lie dormant and frozen, Martha Wolgamood is typically busy tending to a crop of young fish that will be … 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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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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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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