Catch & Cook program welcomes new businesses in 2015

Charter anglers looking to have their catch prepared by the pros at local restaurants now have more options.

Whether you are chasing walleye on Lake Erie, salmon on Lake Michigan, lake trout on Lake Superior, or a bit of everything on Lake Huron, chances are good you can find Catch & Cook opportunities nearby. This unique partnership allows charter anglers to take their catch to a participating restaurant for a memorable meal of fresh-caught fish.

Anglers interested in finding a participating charter service or restaurant need look no further than the Catch & Cook website. If you are looking for businesses in a specific area, be sure to click the “Directory” button for a list of charter operators and restaurants by lake and port. 

Charter fishing options are now available at 34 ports around Michigan, and participating restaurants can be found in both coastal and inland locations. In 2015, 14 new charter businesses joined the program, adding Drummond Island and Escanaba to the list of places where anglers can treat themselves to this unique experience. Nine restaurants also joined the program in 2015, adding dining options in Detroit, Gladstone, and Drummond Island.

Charter captains and restaurants interested in signing on for 2016 can find a wealth of resources on the program website. A simple online registration form can be found on the website, and the benefits of enrolling will likely grow as the program gains recognition.

The Catch & Cook program is a partnership between Michigan Charter Boat Association, Michigan Restaurant Association, Michigan Department of Agricultural & Rural Development, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Sea Grant, and Michigan State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, with support from Michigan State University Extension.

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

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