Fisheries Report 08 Executive Summary

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Report 08, 2015

Status and Trends of Michigan Inland Lake Resources, 2002-2007

Kevin E. Wehrly
Institute for Fisheries Research, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and
University of Michigan, 400 North Ingalls Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Daniel B. Hayes
Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,
334C Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Todd C. Wills
Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station, Michigan Department of Natural Resources,
33135 South River Road, Harrison Township, Michigan 48045


Executive Summary

Science-based management of aquatic resources requires high-quality information that is readily available to managers and stakeholders. Collecting and distributing this information is an essential role of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and helps the DNR to fulfill its public trust mission. This report, Status and Trends of Inland Lake Resources, 2002-2007, provides the comprehensive information needed to understand and effectively manage Michigan's inland lakes.

This report represents the first statewide assessment of inland lake resources and is intended for use by scientists, managers, policy makers, and the public. It provides an up-to-date summary of information on lakes and characterizes the broad-scale patterns in lake habitat, fish community structure, and fish population dynamics. The findings presented here document the current status of selected lake resources and establish the baseline conditions against which future monitoring results can be compared.

Michigan's inland lakes are an abundant, diverse, and valuable resource. A growing list of environmental issues result in ever-increasing demands on lake habitats, fishes, and other aquatic life. The findings of this report, and the continued assessment efforts of the DNR will help in the protection and enhancement of lake resources and in the optimum use of lake resources for the benefit of the people of Michigan.