President’s Report Summer

From the Helm . . . The 2021 Charter Season is off to a great start! Fishing all over the state has been great! Walleye are plentiful on the east side and in Lake Erie; lake trout catches in the northern and western sides of the state have been providing customers with steady action. Salmon numbers remain down, although I’ve heard good reports about Coho catches in the southern parts of Lake Michigan, with even a few being caught in northern Lake Michigan. I do feel it […] →Read more

Native Rights: Where Great Lakes Tribes can fish and how much is up for debate

The rules that govern fishing in the Great Lakes – commercially and for sport – are about to change, perhaps dramatically. That’s because Great Lakes fish are a shared resource, and because of profound changes in fish populations, there is less to share. It’s difficult to know exactly what will change. By design, negotiations between the federal government, the state of Michigan and five Native nations over Great Lakes fishing rights are opaque: The talks happen behind closed doors with a judicial gag order in place. On […] →Read more

Michigan Sea Grant Fisheries Workshops

Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and local fishery organizations annually offer evening regional workshops to provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and interested community members. Spring fishery workshops offer current research and information related to the status of the Great Lakes fishery. Workshops include information and status updates on topics such as fish populations and angler catch data, forage or prey […] →Read more