Reel in Michigan's Fisheries, January 2017 edition

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Reel in Michigan's Fisheries

Sunset on Lake Michigan

Quarterly Publication - January 2017

Check out this winter's stories below!

Scenic shot of an inland lake

Climate change effects on Michigan’s fisheries

Climate, the long-term pattern of temperature and precipitation, varies greatly from the Upper Peninsula to southern Michigan. This variation in climate creates differences in water temperatures and stream flows across the state which in turn influences where different fish species live, how well they reproduce and grow, and the types of fisheries we see around the state.

Read the whole climate change story online!  

Aerial shot of a dam

Effects of dams on fish populations in Michigan

Dams are constructed for a variety of reasons. Historically, many were built for water power to run mills. Later, many of these same mill dams were used for things like hydropower. Other dams were built for reasons such as navigation, recreation, lake level control, or aesthetics.  

Read the whole dams story online! 

Individual holding a northern pike out of the water

Figuring out how to fish Douglas Lake in Cheboygan County

One of the largest lakes in Michigan is also one that has very little fishing pressure. A hidden gem of sorts, Douglas Lake in Cheboygan County is almost 3,400 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 80 feet. It is located near Pellston and has limited public access as much of the land surrounding it is privately owned.

Read the whole Douglas Lake story online! 

Example of a culvert in a river

The importance of connectivity of Michigan’s rivers & streams

Creeks, streams and rivers flow throughout Michigan’s many landscapes. On their path from upland areas to the Great Lakes, these waters encounter different types of structures that block or interrupt the movement of not only the water itself, but also the aquatic organisms that live in these waters rivers. These blockages can cause problems for the organisms that live in the streams and are often referred to as “connectivity issues”.  

Read the whole connectivity story online! 

Employee feeding fish at Thompson State Fish Hatchery

Investments to increase DNR’s fish rearing capacity

Big changes are coming to the Department of Natural Resources’ Little Manistee River Weir and Thompson State Fish Hatchery thanks to the renovation support provided by the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder in the fiscal year 2017-18 budget. The total investment is estimated at more than $12 million.  

Read the whole hatchery infrastructure story online! 

Reel in Michigan’s Fisheries highlights the work Fisheries Division employees are accomplishing on inland lakes and streams. We 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.
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