Great Lakes Fish Corp. fined $10,250 for violations

(ON) The Windsor Star – Great Lakes Fish Corporation, a Wheatley commercial fishing company, has been fined $10,250 for commercial fishing violations. GLFC, an owner of commercial fishing licences, pleaded guilty in two separate courts to five counts of violating the terms and conditions of a commercial fishing licence. More

Data show fewer, larger salmon

(MI) Traverse City Record-Eagle – Michigan fisheries officials are seeing signs that a move to reduce the number of Chinook salmon released into Lake Michigan is improving the balance between the popular game fish and its prey. Preliminary data suggest there are fewer — but larger — Chinook in the lake than in previous years. That trend would provide further evidence that stocking cuts in 2006 are having the desired effect. More

Fisheries leaders cheer reports on Lake Michigan Chinook salmon

(MI) Grand Rapids Press – State fisheries officials analyzing 2009 Lake Michigan salmon reports are encouraged by what seems to be an improved balance between fish and prey. Preliminary data shows there likely are fewer, but larger, Chinook in the lake than in previous years, providing further evidence that stocking cuts in 2006 are having the desired effect. More

2 sentenced in UP for fishing with illegal nets

(MI) Detroit Free Press – Two men have been given jail time and fined for using illegal gill nets to catch fish on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc. Daryl John Tatrow of Garden and Kerry Todd Johnson of Cooks were sentenced Monday in Delta County District Court. More

Holiday treat musseled out

(WI) Miwaukee Journal Sentinel – A tasty little fish traditionally smoked and spread on crackers during the holidays has disappeared from Lake Michigan to the point that it’s scarcely available in area fish markets this New Year’s Eve. “It would be very, very disappointing if we couldn’t have chubs anymore,” said Sally Huber, 66, of Cudahy, who nearly gave up on her family’s holiday tradition of shrimp and smoked chubs after calling several stores and finding no chubs. More

4 Wisconsin anglers busted on Upper Red Lake

(MN) Minneapolis Star Tribune – It was, in the end, just a fish story. A pretty big one, though. Four guys from Wisconsin were fishing on Upper Red Lake on Dec. 23 when a state conservation officer stopped by to check on their catch. They had a dozen walleyes in their two fish houses, four under the legal limit.