Department of Natural Resources
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.
Salmon fishing is heating up on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan has had a tough couple of years, especially as it relates to fishing for salmon. After a few years with a low population, fishing really picked up this past spring. Anglers on the lake experienced limit catches of coho and Chinook salmon thanks to some improvement in the numbers of bait fish available.
The art of net building & maintenance
The DNR's Fisheries Division uses a variety of net types to sample Michigan's aquatic communities. The crew that covers the northern portion of the Lake Huron basin uses more than 15 different kinds of nets throughout the year, each with a specific purpose.
Study looks at what happens to lake trout when released in upper Great Lakes
A critical component of fisheries management is understanding what happens to fish when they are caught and released. Most recently the DNR has been looking specifically at what happens to lake trout after they are caught through a mortality assessment survey.
Managing twin ponds in Upper Peninsula: Roxbury Ponds East & West
In the Upper Peninsula's western Chippewa County are two ponds, around a half mile apart, which were for decades managed as trout lakes for anglers to enjoy. These ponds - Roxbury Pond East and Roxbury Pond West - were formed during the creation of Lakeshore Drive.
Steady progress made on effort to reintroduce Arctic Grayling in Michigan
It's been a little over a year since the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI), announced a new initiative aimed at bringing back a long-gone historical species to the Great Lakes state - Arctic Grayling.