Reel in Michigan's Fisheries, October 2014 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 highlights 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.

Close-up of silver carpSilver carp environmental DNA detected in Lake Michigan tributary
Recently the DNR announced a single positive result for silver carp environmental DNA (eDNA) on the lower Kalamazoo River. Although this result is alarming, the DNR is already working closely with other natural resources agencies to investigate this result and determine the extent of the situation.

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Surgery on grass carp caught during Lake Erie field exerciseAgencies unite to combat invasive species in Lake Erie
With the prevention and management of invasive species a top priority for natural resource agencies in the Great Lakes region, it didn't take much convincing when the Michigan and Ohio natural resources departments offered the opportunity to participate in a recent invasive carp field exercise on Lake Erie.

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Steelhead caught on Au Sable RiverThere's always something to learn about the Au Sable River
For many people the Au Sable River is considered holy ground, and the DNR strives to help the river keep its reputation through various management efforts. Many of these efforts relate to stocking, with the focus currently on steelhead, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

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walleye fishing on Deer LakeHigh catch rates at Deer Lake come courtesy of catch-and-release regulations
Ask around Marquette County about where to fish for walleye and most will tell you to plan a trip to Deer Lake. But there's just one side note - all fishing is catch-and-release only with artificial lures. Implemented originally due to high mercury levels, the regulation will now stay in place as it affords some fantastic walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie and smallmouth bass fishing.

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Releasing juvenile lake sturgeon on Kalamazoo RiverTribal partnership assisting rehabilitation of lake sturgeon on Kalamazoo River
One of Michigan's most historically and culturally significant species is the lake sturgeon. Only present in a few areas of the state, the DNR works closely with numerous partners to protect current and enhance future populations of this fish. One area, the Kalamazoo River, gets a significant boost thanks to the involvement of the Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians.

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New platform at Little Manistee River WeirIf there's one place you visit this fall make it the Little Manistee River Weir
Many people flock to the DNR's Little Manistee River Weir each spring and fall to see gamefish up close as they prepare to spawn. New enhancements to the weir, courtesy of a Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, will make those visits that much better this fall - including a universally accessible platform that will get visitors even closer to the action!

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Bass fishing on Bays de NocBays de Noc smallmouth bass fishery shines on the national stage
Mention Lake Michigan's Bays de Noc to most anglers and they'll immediately start talking about fishing for walleye. But in the wake of September's high-profile Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship - which brought 50 of America's top anglers to Escanaba to ply the waters of Big and Little Bays de Noc - what was once seemingly relegated to "also-ran" status is now national news: The Bays are loaded with trophy bass, too.

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