Reel in Michigan's Fisheries, February 2016 edition
This quarterly publication is an outreach item to Michigan anglers to describe what the DNR's Fisheries Division does and why we do it. Specifically it strives to highlight the work Fisheries Division employees are accomplishing on inland lakes and streams. Reel in Michigan's Fisheries will often showcase waters that are actively managed and provide the public with enhanced knowledge and the opportunity to access the wealth of information contained in survey reviews and management reports.
Check out brief descriptions about each story below. To read more, simply click on the corresponding link.
Coho in Crystal Lake? You heard that right!
Are you looking for a big waterbody in northern Michigan that produces unique and exciting fishing opportunities? Look no further than Crystal Lake in Benzie County; Michigan's ninth largest inland lake (at 9,854 acres) and home to a whole host of popular species.
The gem that is Luce County's East Lake
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is well-known for its pristine resources and recreational gems. Many of these sites are difficult to navigate to, due to a lack of infrastructure or rugged terrain that often accompanies U.P. geography. But one spot, East Lake in Luce County, is worth the trek to go fishing.
Fishing a monster in the northern Lower Peninsula
Fletcher Floodwaters is a beautiful lake in Alpena County that Tim Cwalinski, DNR fisheries biologist out of Gaylord, refers to as "a monster".
Little Bay de Noc - it's about more than just walleye
Little Bay de Noc's fishery is gaining quite a reputation, even on a national scale. While initially thought of as strictly a walleye mecca, it's hosting of the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in September 2014 has caused the conversation to start to change.
Silver Lake - yet another great spot in Southeast Michigan
Many people that live in Southeast Michigan believe they must travel outside of it to experience some of the state's world-class resources - but there are ample opportunities to explore right in the area, practically around every corner!
Winter snow plowing of boating access sites
The DNR received a phone call from the president of a local sports fishing club with news the club members were willing to donate their time and equipment to keep a few key fishing lakes open during the winter ice fishing months. Like many sports clubs throughout Michigan, dedicated and talented members are willing to volunteer their time to enhance and increase outdoor recreation. For this club, the generous offer of the members to use their trucks, time and gas to keep some lakes plowed open to winter fishing seemed like a great idea.