There’s Excellent Fishing on the Manistique Lakes, but You’ll Need Good Technique and the Right Equipment – Including a Thermometer
By Rick Fowler
Located in the heart of the UP in Mackinac County, two of the three Manistique Lakes are known for high quality fishing – “The Big Lake”, and “South Lake”, connected by Portage Creek in the small community of Curtis. The lakes have something for nearly everyone; fishermen have harvested many eater walleyes and battled nice-sized pike in these waters. Other anglers go after bluegill, which can be landed by the buck in the lakes’ numerous bays and inlets. If you’re a bass angler, both lakes offer up some nice 3 to 4 pound smallies and an occasional big bruiser of a largemouth, especially around the one island in South Manistique and the three in Big Manistique. Continue reading MANISTIQUE LAKES – THRIVING SUMMER ANGLING→
Look for Currents and Weeds to Entice More Walleye
By Rick Fowler
Michigan is blessed with thousands of small lakes, each one its own special joy to fish. Even a lake just a few surface acres can vary in local microclimate, fish population, the variety of inlets, topography, color or depth, these lakes draw thousands of anglers every year.
The Michigan Legislature took a big step last month, spending February debating whether to allow new fish farms in parts of Lakes Huron, Michigan, Superior and Erie that lie within the state’s borders. Presently there are six non-tribal fish farms in the Great Lakes, all of them on the Canadian side of the border. They can all be found in Lake Huron, in Georgian Bay. However, for the State of Michigan to begin aquaculture would be groundbreaking, marking the first US commercial fish farms anywhere in the Great Lakes.
Several different bills are being discussed in different committees of the house and senate. Some seek to ban or limit fish farms, while others encourage them as an opportunity for economic growth. Some compromising skeptics are suggesting a limit of 10 farms in the first five years, hoping to see the impact of a smaller number of farms before agreeing to allow larger operations. The decision is far from complete, but there have been some surprising alliances formed as the conversation continues. Continue reading Legislation Debates Great Lakes Fish Farms→
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