Spring Lake Huron fishery workshops offer current research and information about the fishery
The status of the Lake Huron fishery for the coming season is the topic of three upcoming fisheries workshops in the region.
In recent years, the Lake Huron fishery has undergone dramatic ecological changes, resulting from introductions and impacts of aquatic invasive species. Yet, much has been done by research and management agencies to understand and respond to these food web changes, such as identifying which fish thrive in Lake Huron’s altered ecosystem and adjusting stocking strategies and even species of fish stocked. Anglers, businesses, and communities depending on this fishery have adapted, too, targeting different—and even a wider variety of species—along with sometimes new fishing strategies to catch these fish. These collective efforts have aimed at reclaiming social and economic values from a Lake Huron fishery that has been changed environmentally, and are resulting in improving attitudes and value in what Lake Huron fishing has to offer us still today.
Because of this, Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering about last year’s fishing trends, or where are the prospects when fishing Lake Huron this year? When Chinook salmon struggled, why do steelhead and Atlantic salmon seem to fare better in this altered Lake Huron ecosystem? Given food web changes, what is the outlook for forage fish populations (or the ‘food supply’) necessary for these prized predator fish? What’s happening with native fish populations, such as recovering lake trout populations and amazing walleye fishing in Lake Huron? For answers to these questions and more, several opportunities exist this spring to hear directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information.
Workshop dates and locations include:
Port Huron Apr 9, 2014 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.) Charles A. Hammond American Legion Hall, 1026 6th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060
Alpena Apr 22, 2014 (Tuesday, 6–9 p.m.) NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707
Cedarville Apr 23, 2014 (Wednesday, 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:
- 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, and 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 value insights and input from this 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