Tag Archives: Chinook Salmon

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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Making the cut: State officials set to implement salmon stocking reductions in 2013

By Howard Meyerson ST. JOSEPH, MI — Russ Clark is among the many who say that salmon fishing was good on Lake Michigan last summer. But the 27-year veteran fishing charter Captain is worried — in particular about salmon fishing … Continue reading

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Changing Times: Anglers now support Lake Michigan cuts to salmon stocking

By Howard Meyerson My, how times have changed. When the Lake Michigan Chinook salmon fishery crashed in 1988 because of bacterial kidney disease brought on by the stress of overstocking, among other things, anglers and charter captains were upset the … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan salmon stocking to be cut by 50 percent

By Howard Meyerson Plainwell, Mich. — A decision has been made. Lake Michigan states will reduce chinook salmon stocking by 50 percent next year. Approximately 1.65 million fewer will be planted in Lake Michigan, according to state officials. The decision … Continue reading

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Salmon update: Michigan likely to take big stocking cuts

By Howard Meyerson Michigan is likely to make big reductions in the number of future Chinook salmon it plants in Lake Michigan. Final decisions about that and a lake-wide stocking strategy are expected yet this month by the Lake Michigan … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan anglers want salmon and other species cut

By Howard Meyerson A recent survey of Lake Michigan anglers found just over half would cut Chinook stocking by 30 percent and cut coho, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout by 10 percent. That was one of four options presented … Continue reading

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Why Michigan and other states want big salmon stocking cuts on Lake Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Lake Michigan salmon anglers did well during the 2011 fishing season. The Chinook salmon catch was up despite the season’s slow beginning. The fish were larger, and anglers had a blast. In fact, anglers boated 203,000 king … Continue reading

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Update: Anglers propose 1-2 year moratorium on salmon stocking in Lake Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Some of the most involved salmon anglers in the state now appear to be very nervous about forage conditions in Lake Michigan and what that means for the Chinook salmon that rely on them. In a letter … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan salmon stocking could be slashed

By Howard Meyerson LANSING – Michigan fish managers are facing a frightening scenario on Lake Michigan: too few prey fish to sustain the salmon population at current stocking levels. The solutions, they say, involve cutting hatchery plants. Michigan’s Department of … Continue reading

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