Salmon & Trout Population is Down

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There has to be limits set on this!

In general, 2014 has been a disaster for most Lake Michigan Salmon fisherman!

Normally, I do quite well trolling out of Michigan City and Portage Indiana  for Skamanian. However, I did not even see anyone catch one this Summer including myself.

Most charter boat captains agree that the fishing, spawning and feeding habits have been screwed up because of the unusual and abnormal winter we had this year. Some of the ice on Lake Superior didn’t even leave the lake until June of this year. Makes you wonder if the Lake is going down hill and if the following report had something to do with the poor fishing as well.

TRAVERSE CITY — Fishermen and environmental officials alike have noticed populations of salmon are scaled back from previous years.

This year Cameron Garst, owner of Showtime Charters, has been more focused on catching trout after what he estimates is a 40 percent decline in salmon in Grand Traverse Bay.

“It has not affected business, but it’s frustrating that I don’t have the salmon fishery I used to have,” Garst said.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials noted the same scenario, with fish population numbers sinking below their normal levels.

The Boardman River weir yielded 304 Chinook salmon and 388 coho salmon on Sept. 23, and the weirs on the Platte River passed just under 10,000 coho salmon, all about half of what they typically see, DNR officials said.

“This run does seem to be a little later than we’ve seen in the past,” said Mark Tonello, a fisheries biologist with the DNR. “This year’s run is probably going to be lower numerically, as well.”

The DNR stocks several rivers with fish, which migrate downstream and into Lake Michigan. When the fish mature over three or four years, they return to their river of origin to lay eggs and then die.

The DNR has several weirs, or dams that stop the fish, along those rivers, including on the Boardman River.

“We stock the salmon and they create a very good fishery in Lake Michigan,”Tonello said. “When they return to the rivers, sometimes it is not socially acceptable to have huge numbers of dying salmon lining the river banks, particularly in downtown Traverse City.”

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