What's New Catfish floundering in yards after heavy rains MLive (6/26) When a deluge of rain led to the overflow of a pond in Allegan County, Michigan, hundreds of large bullheads swam into neighboring yards and found themselves stranded there in receding waters with no way to return to the pond.
Pollution possible cause of Lake Ontario eel decline Great Lakes Echo (6/22) Along with overfishing, parasites and dams, pollutants may be responsible for the drastic decline of the snake-like eel in Lake Ontario, according to a study that will be published this October in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Muskellunge thrive in Lake St. Clair The Times Herald (6/22) Many people have yet to discover that Lake St. Clair is one of the top fisheries in the country — maybe even the world. That goes double for muskellunge — one of the largest fish in the Great Lakes and easily the largest predator.
Commercial fishing trial worries Lake Huron anglers Detroit Free Press (6/11) When the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced a three-year trial to allow a commercial fishery to pursue whitefish in southern Lake Huron, recreational anglers took to social media to express their outrage.
Fake reefs are good for fishing – how about for the fish? Great Lakes Echo (5/14) Artificial reefs are intended to improve sport-fishing, enhance fish habitats and reduce the impact of current and waves, but it’s uncertain whether they’ve been as successful as hoped in achieving those goals, according to a new study.
Native fish species bounce back C & G News (5/13) Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.
The commercial and sport fishery on the Great Lakes is collectively valued at more than $4 billion annually. The fishery consists of a blend of native and introduced species, some of which are regularly restocked. Common catches include lake trout, salmon, walleye and white fish. The greatest commercial fishing harvests were recorded in 1889 and 1899 at about 147 million pounds. Since then, the fishery has been threatened on three fronts: overfishing, pollution and nonindigenous invasive species. Recent years have seen a major resurgence as walleye fisheries recover in Lake Erie and new salmon fisheries develop in Lake Ontario. The region's inland waters offer many fishing opportunities as well. Blue-ribbon trout streams attract fly fishing enthusiasts and lakes offer a variety of fish, including crappie, bluegill, perch, pike and large- and small-mouth bass.
Let's Fish Ontario! Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Provides information of fishing in Ontario, such as license and regulations guidelines, fishing statistics, exotic species control, and how to protect fish and the fishing industry.
Data National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories Office of Science and Technology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency A searchable database of state, tribal, and federally issued fish consumption advisories in the United States, District of Columbia, four U.S. Territories, and 12 Canadian provinces and territories.
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) NBII is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. Great Lakes related information includes invasive species, fisheries and biodiversity.
Fish of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Color illustrations or photographs and descriptions of many Great Lakes fish species.
Fishes of Wisconsin, by George C. Becker Wisconsin Sea Grant Now available online, Becker discusses Wisconsin waters and fisheries, and gives detailed species accounts of major Wisconsin fish families, including photographs.
Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service This site provides information and a network of links to lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) research conducted by a number of U.S. and Canadian agencies and universities in the Great Lakes region of North America.
Illinois Natural History Survey Fish Collection Illinois Natural History Survey This collection contains approximately 800,000 catalogued specimens, which makes it about the 15th largest collection of preserved fishes, and the 6th largest collection of Neotropical fishes in North America. Represented are about 170 families and over 2,400 species which are all searchable through the web site's database.
Commercial Fishing Reports U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center Total pounds and dollar value of commercial catch in U.S. waters of the Great Lakes by year, state, lake and species.
Fisheries Management Great Lakes Fishery Commission Information on fish harvest, habitat, exotic species as well as various databases.
Research Program Great Lakes Fishery Commission Under the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission has responsibility to formulate a coordinated research program between the United States and Canada.
News Weekly Fishery News Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council A weekly update on news about the fishery in the Great Lakes basin.