Workshops highlight Lake Huron fisheries status and trends

Register for any of 4 free workshops held in April and keep up-to-date on Lake Huron fisheries.

Two people are fishing off the end of a charter boat, looking out over the water.
Lake Huron offers diverse fishing opportunities. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Lake Huron is rich in diverse angling opportunities – both offshore and nearshore. Anglers heading for more offshore waters might enjoy the pursuit of Chinook or Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead, or native Lake Trout. Nearshore waters, including Saginaw Bay, offer equally enticing fishing for Walleye, Yellow Perch, or Smallmouth Bass.

Yet these Lake Huron fisheries are ever changing – influenced by habitat and prey fish populations, agency stocking efforts paired with natural reproduction, angler fishing effort (and actual harvests) and ecosystem impacts caused by aquatic invasive species. Many state and federal agencies and universities collaborate in research efforts to better understand these ecosystem factors, changes, and trends. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Fisheries Division, who manages our state’s fishery, uses this research to inform management decisions such as stocking (or sometimes not stocking) and harvest regulations.

How might you keep current on these issues and topics? The 2019 Lake Huron Regional Fisheries workshop series offers an educational opportunity to keep current on the status and health, trends and fishing opportunities on Lake Huron. These annual educational workshops also offer opportunity to directly learn and ask questions with a diversity of university and agency scientists and experts who work on Lake Huron fisheries.

2019 Lake Huron Regional Fisheries Workshops

Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, the MDNR Fisheries DivisionUSGS Great Lakes Science Center, Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local fishery organizations will host four evening workshops across Lake Huron’s coastline.

Workshops will include information and status updates on topics such as fish populations and angler catch data, forage or prey fish surveys, offshore fisheries and native lake trout, and the status of Saginaw Bay yellow perch and walleye. In addition there will be information shared on fisheries management activities, agency stocking programs, native species restoration efforts, citizen science opportunities for anglers, and a variety of other Lake Huron topics of local interest. These workshops provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and interested community members.

Workshops are free and open to the public.

Locations and dates

  • Port Huron: April 11, 2019, (Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at the Eagles Hall, 2645 Howard St., Port Huron, MI  48060
  • Bay City (Saginaw Bay): April 16, 2019, (Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at the Canteen Hall, Bay County Fairgrounds, 800 Livingston St., Bay City, MI  48708
  • Alpena: April 25, 2019, (Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at the NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI  49707
  • Cedarville: April 30, 2019, (Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at Clark Township Community Center, 133 E. M-134, Cedarville, MI  49719.

Registration requested

Please register online to participate in any (or all) of these educational opportunities.

For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant by email or at (989) 354-9885. Workshop details for these and other Great Lakes fisheries workshops are also available online the Michigan Sea Grant website.

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 and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

This article was prepared by MSU Extension educator Brandon Schroeder under award NA14OAR4170070 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Regents of the University of Michigan. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Commerce, or the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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