Annual Lake Huron fishery workshops offer current research and information about the fishery

Annual spring Lake Huron fisheries workshops bring communities together with fisheries research and management partners through discussions on research findings, management updates, and fishing trends.

In recent years, the Lake Huron fishery has undergone dramatic ecological changes, resulting from introductions and impacts of aquatic invasive species. Because of that, Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering about the status of fish populations or fishing trends. Should anglers look forward to an Fishing rod and reel image. amazing steelhead fishery? Where are all these Lake Huron walleye coming from? With ecological food web changes, what are prized predator fish eating these days? For answers to these questions and more, several opportunities exist this spring to hear directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information. 

2013 Lake Huron Fisheries Workshops: A chance to learn more, you are invited to participate!

This spring, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and local fishery organizations will be hosting three evening regional workshops across Lake Huron’s coastline. Workshops are free and open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members interested in the status of the fishery for the coming season. Topics will include information and updates regarding fish populations and angler catch data, native species such as Lake Huron walleye, forage fish surveys and results from the Lake Huron predator diet study, low water levels on Lake Huron, and updates of fisheries management activities, among other Lake Huron related topics of local interest. 

2013 Lake Huron fishery workshop dates and locations include:

Ubly/Bad Axe   April 18, 2013 (Thursday, 6–9 p.m.)  Ubly Fox Hunter’s Club  2153 Ubly Rd, Ubly, MI  48475

Oscoda   April 24, 2013 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.)  Wiltse’s Family Restaurant  5606 F-41, Oscoda, MI  48750

Cedarville   April 25, 2013 (Thursday, 6–9 p.m.)  Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club  M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719

These workshops serve as a valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved:Fisherman with prize catch image.

  •  Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become better-educated anglers – learning about feeding trends of predator fish species may prove valuable in deciding where to fish or what lures to put into play while fishing this year. 
  •  Fishery businesses – sportfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops – gain insights relating to Lake Huron fisheries resources around which their business depends.  This information may prove useful in adapting business strategies, ranging from fishing practices to business marketing, to information that might be passed along in educating customers about the resource.
  •  In trade for the informational updates they share, governmental research and management agencies gain insights and input from direct interaction and dialogue with anglers and citizen stakeholders on various fisheries management topics. The effectiveness of fisheries research and management, as well as community values gained from the Lake Huron fishery are enhanced through these collaborations.

Workshops are open to the public at no cost to participants; however, pre-registration is requested. To register for any of these workshops, contact Val Golding, Michigan Sea Grant/MSU Extension Alpena County Office by email or at (989) 354-9870. For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant by email or at (989) 984-1056).

Workshop registration and details are available online on the Michigan Sea Grant website.

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