June 25, 2017
Fishing remains very good straight out. Tons of bait and tons of fish. Yesterday afternoon we were running a mixed program, 2 riggers with Moonbells, Cowbells, Spindoctors w/peanuts, spin n glos, or spin n glos w/flies or squids. High divers with DW Closer and UV Gasoline, Kevins Girlfriend w/Gr. Mile meatrigs and Bloodrun Copper 250-300's with spoons. 250 w/Moonshine Honeypot went a couple of times and 300 wBlue Flounder went. Hit several kings in 95fow in the 58's. Best depth for trout was 70-85fow. We were really struggling to get bites for a while when other boats were hitting. The current is horrible and once we found an angle for our speed on the boat the bite was very very good. Pulled the high divers w/ meatrigs and went to spin doctors. We hit fish on Dbl Chrome, Greasy Chicken, Mixed Veggie, and Blue NBK on the divers. Riggers with Moonshine Yellow Tail and Atomic Melon Moonbells and a set of Chrome Willow Leaf Cowbells were doing very well. Pounding the mud for trout can be some hard work under normal conditions but straight out is much harder because of the clumps of mussel shells that are getting on the lines behind the divers. You have to keep them clean in order to get the best bite. The turns are very tricky causing tangles with coppers into divers so a thin spread is more effective to stay on fish---less is definetely more in this case. Our best angle was NE/SW from top of the 58's to 00's trying to stay inside of 90fow.
Great group of "KIDS" last night aboard the RAPTOR. Daughter brought her boyfriend??? 3rd one I have ever met---yes he's still alive!! And another couple she grew up with. Dad was under pressure to put fish in the box and was not enjoying the slow start but we got it figured out. The guy in the black, Kez lost a screamer king--his fault, and my daughter lost a huge trout--not her fault it got into a 300 copper, but fun was had.
June 20, 2017
Finally the water is starting to set-up. Some cooler water is moving in down below and stratify after having hot water and no hard thermal layer. Fished saturday evening 34.5 line in the 59's and the current was one of the worst I had ever fished, and it was still smoking on sunday morning. Yesteday the current slowed down and the cooler water was pushed out to the 35 line from 59.3 south---as we trolled south into the 56's it curved east into the top of the 33's. Fishing for the first hour yesterday was on fire as fast as you could get riggers to the bottom and it wasn't all trout. We hit a coho and 2 big kings on trout rigs; Mixed Veggie and DBL Chrome Spin Doctors and Spin n glos on a rigger and low wire. Our best rod was a rigger on the bottom 8ft lead Moonshine Moonbell Yellow Tail and a Gr Peanut. 300 coppers w/ Moonshine Raptor and Blue Flounder and rigger down 70 w Gr Jeans took bites. It was frustrating to have the bite shut down but we were still able to pick at em through the morning. Marking Tons of bait and fish through out the morning---when we cleaned fish they were packed with bait, all alewives no cisco like Sat evening. We did hit 2 big kings on high diver back 250ft w/Kevins Girlfriend and a Green Mile meat rig and got one. Offshore is still a pick but with increasing bait starting to show up and the water conditions continuing to improve this water should start to load up. There were fish caught straight out and the 49's and 50's on the 40 line this weekend. We just have to scatter out and find the pockets.
Fun morning with these 2 kids, they only lost 2 fish and managed to capture some and helped work the back of the boat and did a great job. Too bad we had quite a few drive bys w/o hooking up.
June 18, 2017
Sorry no fishing reports---busy week. Fishing has been very tough after a great spring. I have done some back research into old archives and have seen this based on extremely warm water temps in June. There are places with good fishing---pockets of fish. I have been out to the 45's and the 47's the last 2 days. Fish are spread out!! The best water has been the 43's and the 44's. Gold blank spoons best. Top 20ft. Flat lines to 100 coppers. Mixed bag, salmon, steelies and trout. Yeck Gold Tangerine, Bush Bean, UV Beetle. Stinger Starburst has been good. Riggers are taking fish early, Moonshine Orange Flounder and Sarge 55-70ft down. Best fishing has been north of the point in the 08's to the 12's, just south of Manistee 120fow. Last night went to the 34.5 line in the 59's and lights out fishing for trout and it was very good this morning also. Water is packed to the bottom but bait is there and kings and trout are there also. Best has been a Mixed Veggie Spin Doctor on the floor w/UV Green Tip Spin n glo and Moonshine Yellow Tail Moonbells with Peanuts. Today the west wind packed that water and warmed it up 7 degrees---interesting to find out if the fish stick around tomorrow??? Very interesting that most of the bait there is baby Cisco.
Couple of the types of fish you can find out deep. Lost several big jumpers, steelhead that just went nuts. Most of the fish caught out there are packed with bugs and emerald beetles.
June 12, 2017
The surface temp map has been inaccurate. The breaks or isobars have been accurate but the temp readings are off, sometimes dramatically. I got in touch with Retired Capt Jim Fenner who works closely with Coast Watch and he contacted them. They changed programs and some of the parameters are not right. Jim's efforts have gotten progress and programmers will correct this soon.
June 10, 2017
Fishing improved this morning. Despite the full moon fish bit steady thru the morning. With the gale wind forecast we ran south to Pentwater and trolled south for a couple of miles before turning north. My best was 85fow but Hattrick was catching fish inside in skinnier. Fish were in pockets 45-48's and then 52's and 53's were good with a pick in between. 200 Blood Run Copper with Moonshine RV Reg size Flounder Pounder was good. Hit fish on Sliders w/main line down 45 and 55ft on Yeck Mixed Veggie and Jerid. Stinger Starburst on a 100 copper went. High Divers with Chrome Mtn Dew and Mtn Dew Spin n glo and Greasy Chicken Spin Doctor with an Orange Spin n Glow werte best for us. Low Divers with Blue chrome Spin Doctor with a Blue Spin n Glo w/Blue Fly behind that and a Chrome Dodger with a white Spin n glo and mirage skirt took fish also. Lost a big king on a Dancing Anchovy setting up in the morning
Had a great time with guys from Ohio today and they managed to get some fish for the grill back at camp.
June 9, 2017
Since the north blow, fishing has gotten tough the last couple of days. 80-85fow to the south has been best for trout from the 56's spread out past Pentwater. Tin Can Yeck Dodgers with Spin N Glos or DW Whirly Gigs, in Blues, Mtn Dew, Clown are good. Chrome, Blue Bubble and Greasy Chicken Spin Doctors w/ the same Spin n glos or DW Whirly gigs are good also. Off shore NW of the point in the 4000's and the 8's to the 10's there is a colder pocket of water holding fish. WE need the SW blow predicted for the next couple of days to bring the fish back.
June 7, 2017
The LRB is setting nets along the 50.00- line 100-175fow. These will be pulled by noon on thursday. This should be the last test netting for the season.
June 6, 2017
The LRB set 2 more assessment nets yesterday. Sorry I forgot to post this after cutting firewood all day, I was wiped out.
The nets are on the 50.000 line in 15-25fow and 50-60fow. Set for Cisco and Lake Trout assessment. These will be pulled today and I'm guessing that they will be setting 2 more nets on the same line but to move them deeper. If they don't set the other 2 nets today because of water conditions they will get to them later in the week?? If so I will post as soon as I get the message. These additional nets will be along the same east/west line. The assessment nets are only in for 24hrs and will not be disruptive to fishing. They are only 6ft above the bottom, have floats, staffs and flags at both ends and are 1800ft long.
June 4, 2017
Fishing remains very good. The best water up north was north of the point 04's to 07's. Friday evening divers were on fire down deep180-200ft back w/Meat rigs or Spin Doctors and flies but on saturday morning divers were not hot. Riggers and coppers with spoons and Spin Doctors and Meat Rigs. Straight out of Ludington was good 100fow and out was good also. It's time to get out fishing if you haven't been out yet. Most of the catch has been kings, of all age classes. There is a wolf pack of young of the year fish out there but you need little ones to make big ones. These are showing tremendous growth already this year with good access to bait these will be horses in a couple of years.
June 2, 2017
The SW winds stacked the bank up again. Current is fast and the better fishing has occured when the current is moving. Watch the water color and fish the edges. If there is green water on the inside it is chlodophora being torn off the bottom due to the current. Chlodophora is a green algae that grows on the bottom 2-3inches long and appears as a green slime on your lines. You can catch fish in it early but moving out along the edge helps later, the fish have a hard time breathing in it, the slime gets caught in their gills. The LRB assessment nets this week struggled to catch fish and their 100ft net was loaded in 24hrs with the stuff. Fishing has been very good for silver fish along the bank but it has been here today, gone tomorrow and then here today. Its time to start looking offshore also, the water is setting up well in the 35's. This is normal June fishing and later in the month we will be out in the 4000's looking for the colder water but right now you can set up skinny, try to punch some big kings and then go west looking for a mixed bag. We have been lucky to have for Ludington at this time of the year alot of coho around, predictiions for this year is a fantastic coho fishery and that is panning out around the lake.
Bait is in the drowned river mouths and rivers all over the lake to spawn. Sometimes this can make fishing tough, scattering fish and at the same time the water is warming and trying to stratify but is not set-up yet also scattering fish. If offshore breaks form though this will concentrate fish in June making it a killing ground. This is very early this year compared to the last several years and if the spawn is successful the early start will give this years young of the year (yoy) alewives a great start and a long growing season, making them big enough to survive the winter. There appears to be a good natural spawn of Chinook this year. Despite the MDNR claims last year that the lake is crashing and is all about dead by all appearances it is actually on the rebound. Why is fishing good? 2013 thru spring 2016 wind patterns held alot of east winds. This caused lake currents to change, pushed water from the central basin to Wisconsin. Mid summer last year winds changed to a stronger westerly pattern and remained that way thru the winter in to this spring. By October bait finally ended up on our shoreline and remained.
Bottom line is fishing has been very good and it is time to get out there!!
May 30, 2017
The LRB tribe set assessment nets today for 24hr from 59,993 to 00.003, basically along the 00.000 line due west from 100 to 183fow. These nets should only be in for 24hrs and pulled for biological data. Nets still have to be placed south of the Project this year. This is a normal every year occurence and again they are only fishing the bottom 6ft.
May 28, 2017
Fishing remains good but changes are taking place. Fishing friday along the bank was lights out, saturday very slow, today much better. Fishing south of the Project continues to be steady. Since we struggled north yesterday my crew was happy enough to go south. Started in 105fow on the 50 line and that was too deep. Slid inside and started to get bit 90-95fow. High divers with Mtn Dew Spin Doctor and Cold Steel Meat Rig and Kevins Girlfriend with Gr Mile back 135-150fow. Low wire divers 100-140ft back with Net Minder and Showtime 10" Spin Doctors w/Cold Steel Meat rigs. Put the boat on a WNW troll from the 48s picked a few fish on the out until we hit 147fow and the bite was steady. Rigger 45-55ft with Mixed Veggie and Black Flounder Sliders. 100-250ft Blood Run Coppers w/reg or small flutter type spoons were best. Stinger Jarro and KC-1, Moonshine Moonsburst, Flounder Pounder and Blue Flounder. Had 2 mag spoon bites early in the morning then small spoons later. Still some big Kings being caught but the bite is changing to a mixed bag, mixed size catch all over the water column. The water on the out troll, the down temp finally cooled off a touch on the 32.7 line and on both sides of that break fishing was good.
May 23, 2017
The Manistee Tribe placed nets today in the 00's from 50' 0ut to 200'. These will be pulled tomorrow morning. Included, nets placed for Cisco assessment were placed. This doesn't mean that they will be fishing but is a yearly assessment program.
Fishing remains good. Didn't get out yesterday because of the high SW winds. Sunday went to the Lake Trout grounds 35-50fow. Chrome 10" Spin Doctors, Yeck Tin Can Dodgers and MtN Dew Spin Doctors on divers and 250ft coppers w/DW Whirly gigs and Spin n glos in Green, Green UV and Mtn Dew were good. Today after the blow that water warmed up 9 degrees on the bottom and the trout scattered deeper. The bank was good and that water is 46 degrees top to bottom. Our best was 120-140fow. Wire divers back 150ft, with 10" Kevin Girlfriend w/Gr Mile meat rig, Net Minder and Cold steel Meat rig, Mtn Dew Spin Doctor 200ft back on a high diver w/Cold Steel Meat Rig. White/Pink Fish Scale 11 Paddle and Pickeled Sunshine fly 60-100ft down. Mag RV Orange Hulk, Blue Hulk, Mongollian Beef 70-90ft down on riggers went.
Great 2 days and 2 boats with my guys from oHIo??? Sunday trout fishing with Polecat and today with Hattrick on the bank. We all had a great time and they were able to take a great mess of fish home.
May 18, 2017
The Little River Band out of Manistee will be doing Lake Trout Scientific Assesment Netting next Mon and Tues, May 22,23. This is normal assesment netting done every year and are only in the water for 24hrs. This coincides with USGS assesment netting which is usually done in the fall. Population, age, stomach content and fin/cwt clips are assessed at this time also. The gill nets used are 1800ft long and from the bottom to 6ft off the bottom. They will be marked on both ends with float,staff and flags. They will be set 50' to 100', 100' to 150', 150' to 200ft.
Nets will be placed 43.50 and 44.00. ---south of the project and off the bank
May 15, 2017
Fishing remains very good. The trout grounds are thinning out, water is warming up and they are spreading out deeper 70, 80 90fow. The 30.8 line for the last 3 days was very good for Kings. Yesterday the fish slid south 52's and 53'swere best. Best rods were 200 Blood Run coppers and riggers down 45ft w/Moonshine mag and reg Orange Hulk. Also hit fish on Silver Streak mini size UV Viper on 3 color and Blue Flounder on 200 copper. Trout on Chrome 8 and 10" Spin Doctors and Yeck Tin Can Dodgers, the best Spin n glos have been UV Green Tip, XMAS Tree, and Clown. Small Spin N Glos, Wobble Glos ahead of Mirage Flies and Squids are working very well, also getting some king bites on the wobble glos and squids.. The squids I run are trimmed down to 2.5in. Everyone claims lead lengths behind dodgers are critical and whats the best??? Speed is the determining factor. I run 36 to 40" leads but I run hot!! Some guys claim to catch bigger fish trolling fast, I tend to agree but I also look at every day what and how the fish are reacting. A couple of weeks ago my best speed was 2.1, yesterday at 2.3 my trout were eater size at 2.7 they were bigger. For kings I am only running spoons right now, trolling 3.0 minimum and it's working for me. I have not had a meat rig or flasher fly bite yet this year because of my speed?? That is my guess! If it ain't broke don't fix it. South West blow this week should push fish north and set up the bank again, our fingers are crossed!!!
A great time fishing with this young gentleman aboard RAPTOR! Had to take my wife so we could run more than 6 rods but she got to reel in fish and even got into the captains limit. The captain started to get frustrated when WE started to lose Kings but it was fun and steady fishing.
May 13, 2017
Still kickin today. Lake Trout fishing remains strong. Kings still being caught, with some coho showing up today. Fished 53's to 51's for Lakers and then trolled out to 30.5 line to 31's on a North troll and hit Kings at 3.0. Silver fish also coming up north from the Point to the 08's, 120fow. All of our Kings came on Moonshine Orange Hulk on 200 copper and 45 down on rigger, Mag and Reg size. Kings were also hit on White Paddles and Flys and Spin Doctors and Meat rigs other than spoons. Chrome Spin Doctors and Yeck Dodgers with Spin n Glos and Whirly Gigs on divers were working well. Heard of other cowbell and Spin N Glo programs going on riggers.
Had a great crew aboard the RAPTOR today. Great Trout fishing and some very nice bonus salmon thrown in to test the whining capacity of the guys.
May 12, 2017
Ludington!! Fishing is very good. No it is outstanding, fishing. Lake Trout, Kings with some steelhead thrown in. Best water for trout 51's to 52's 40 to 50fow. Without wind for 3 days the water is spreading out and the kings are moving alot. Best water for them today was 05's to 08's 120fow. Also catching them 1/2mile outside the pier head. Best trout rigs were Yeck dodgers with UV Green Tip Spin n glos. 60ft to 200 coppers were good today. High lines were Moonshine Rickety Ranger and 200 coppers with Mag Orange and Blue Hulks. Meat rigs, Blue Bubble Spin Doctors, Walleye Spoons, Super Slims, Half moons, Yeck regular and 44 size, oranges reds, blues have been consistent.
May 4, 2017
Well here's the report everyone has been waiting for; let's hope the forecasted weather doesn't screw it up!! Kings are here in decent numbers!!! Pentwater to Manistee 30-50fow, pier heads, on top of the bank stretching along the shoreline on Meat rigs, Spin Doctors and flies, spoons on riggers and coppers. Haven't heard of anyone fishing off the Point in 175-225fow but when they are on top of the bank the bait is usually on the bottom out deeper and the mother load could be there??? The forecast is for submarine fishing until monday starting late evening tonight. With all the rain and high river flows a ton of nutrient energy is going into the lake and with the winds the settled sediments that will be stirred up and feed the lake. Talking with the MDNR and USGS wind events like this are very beneficial in the long run by mixing water throughout the water columns feeding the lake. Mussels filter a ton of energy and their excrement settles on the bottom and contains tons of phosphorous. This wind forecast will stir up the sediments bringing up and dispersing the phosphorous thru the lake. Can't fish but a positive situation for the ecosystem.
April 25, 2017
I apologize for not putting out a fishing report last week and this weekend but there was a server issue and whatever voodoo they do needed some additional doo to get it up and running. Fishing was very good this weekend. Kings are starting to show up, most were caught in 25 to 30fow, a mix of spoons and stickbaits have been best. Lake Trout have been ferocious 35 to 60fow. 50's to 52's have been the best. Chrome, Greasy Chicken, Glow w/Green Tape Spin Doctors have been good with Spin n glos. Chrome, Tin Can, Lightening, Chrome/Copper Yeck Dogders with Spin N Glos or Blue Flys were good.
Saturday this young lady had a great time capturing fish, on Sunday these 4 gentlemen were part of a 3 boat group and everyone had a great time and very quick limits. Being on the water both days were beautiful and sunny, great fishing.
April 14, 2017
Fishing out of Ludington was good today despite the east winds. Browns and a few Kings were caught on the beach and Lakers offshore. We fished 55's to 53's in 55-65fow. High divers with Yeck Tin Can Dodgers and XMAS Tree Spin n glos were good. Took fish on Mixed Veggie/Chrome Spin Doctor on a rigger on the bottom. Spoons were going at the end of the trip 150 and 200ft Blood Run Copper with Reg Fuzzy Bear Modified Blue Dolphin and Moonshine Blue Flounders. Rigger down 40ft with Orange Flounder was good.
Good crew aboard the RAPTOR today. These kids did a great job on the rods and took some nice fish for the grill and smoker.
Feb. 20, 2017
Lake Michigan fishing is starting off early this year, and the best fishing is not in the SW corner of the lake. St. Joe Kings and Steelhead were caught 240-270fow. Saugatuk great Lake Trout Fishing, Ludington Browns with Coho and Steelies mixed in. Burns Ditch, Gary Indiana, Chicago are usually the first ports to get going but this is not the case this year. The water temp down there is where it usually is at mid April, and a couple of warm patches are in the middle of the south and north half of the lake. Coho are being caught along the Wisconsin shoreline and they are full of shrimp. Very good start to the early season, as we get into the next warm period things should really kick off. Time to get your gear ready for some of the best fishing of the season and the best eating!!
Jan 27, 2017
After several schedule changes the GLSI was able to meet with the MDNR in the State Capitol. This meeting was hosted by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand. Attendees were Gary Smith RODMASTER, Capt. Steve WILD THING, Glen Buehner RAPTOR, representing the GLSI, Jay Wesley, Jim Dexter, and Trevor Vandyke from the MDNR. Topics included Lake Trout plants, Chinook planting methods and locations, Coho allocations for 2017. We asked the DNR to provide goals for 2018 to fish stocking goals. Look at changes to creel limits on salmon from 5-3 to save our native stocks which is in direct opposition to the stance Steelheaders organization takes. Creel changes are made on species to help with population explosions or collapses and salmon has gone from 5 to 3 to 5 in the past. Conversation on dredging the Platte River mouth to allow access to Platte Bay for small boaters to access fish. Our concern is boaters trying to access Platte from Frankfurt and get caught in waves/storms and safety. Topics also included Tagging/Marking trailers, Asian Carp, Lamprey Program, Cormorants. Throughout the dialogue the DNR repeatedly expressed that no changes can take place for 2 years due to committee study, review, approval, and action. Sen Hildenbrand expressed his displeasure of this notion and the MDNR needs to manage this lake as a silver fish fishery, not Lake Trout, in support of anglers and the economic impact made by our fishery on coastal communities and state. Also expressed by the GLSI was the proactive actions by the State of Wisconsin WLBA, DNR and Legislators to support the anglers of that state recognizing a return fishery to their coastline. Jim Dexter expressed his support for the actions taken by the St. of Wisconsin. Wow--did we just hear that?? Sen. Hildenbrand heard that loud and clear!! PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR APPRECIATION FOR SEN. HILDENBRANDS TIME AND SUPPORT FOR SPORTSMEN AND BUSINESSES OF THIS STATE! OFFICE # 517-373-1801 SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov
Dec 20 2016
Sea Grant meeting in Ludington Jan 14, 2017. For info/data on the future of our fishery or at least the MDNR's take on the science behind their decisions is open to everyone. Google sea grant msu extension and sign up and attend.
Fishing in the late fall has been fantastic for salmon and steelhead on the big pond. Not many people took advantage of it due to deer season but fish and tremendous amounts of bait showed up. Hopefully westerly flow of winds happen thru out the winter and spring and we should see very good fishing on our side of the lake next year. For 4 years now predominent easterly winds has affected our fishing negatively.
The GLSI is continuing to work to maintain our salmon fishery. We put out a poll to our members to vote on stocking locations and numbers on 4 MDNR recommendations and 4 options that the GLSI came up with based on science and social requirements. The decisions have not been released to the public yet until Sen Hildenbrand reviews them. I contacted Hildenbrand to express our concern over some of the release sites ex: Medusa by Charlevoix, why release 50,000 salmon smolts there in 2017? Very little fishing pressure, virtually no access, no economic impact to the economy. MDNR says that they contribute to the fishery. Our ports need fish to be planted where anglers have returns and access to these fish and ports get economic return. We have also pushed the USGS to relook and revvamp their predator prey models based on sound scientific theories on lake trout consumption and dietary digestion and biodynamics of energy transference from bait consumption and digestion, also comparing apples to apples like a 10lb trout vs a 10lb salmon. Surprisingly this was not part of their research and they are reviewing data. With millions of Lakers being planted in L michigan and natural reproduction occurring Wisconsin has publicly admitted that there is a problem and they are looking into emergency measures to reduce the laker population to reduce predation on alewives. Why doesn't our state publicly recognize the problem? They have spoken to the GLSI about opening seasons in lower L Mich and speak about being nimble to make quick changes but have failed to follow through. Jan 19th the GLSI has a meeting in Lansing with Senator Hildenbrand and the MDNR to discuss these issues along with marking trailers, Chicago Waterway, Lamprey control, GLRI funds among others.
The GLSI is the only group that is working hard to save our Great Lakes salmonid fishery, a balanced diversified fishery of all species including lake trout supportive of the bait fish population and using the science available to defend our stance for the Great Lakes and tributaries, meaning our open water and river fisheries to sustain a year round fishery. Join the GLSI, have input and make a difference.
Nov 10, 2016
Fishing out of Ludington and Manistee this past week has been excellent. Huge double digit catches of Chinook are being captured
GLSI NEWS: So much has been happening and changing on a daily basis that keeping an update would be difficult and in many cases a disservice. I would like to take the time to thank all Businesses, Recreatiional Anglers, Charters, and Stakeholders in membership of the GLSI in the fight to save our Chinook Salmon fishery! The GLSI fought for 0% cuts in Chinook plants in L. Michiugan in 2017 and that did not happen. That was alot to ask for in 8 short weeks, even though we thought we had a good shot. This was not a loss at all if, if you are looking long term or at the big picture.I would also like to take the time to thank the persons that volunteered their time to step up as sitting Board Members. These people have put in their own time committing thousands of hours researching scientific data, contacting entities at state and federal levels, meetings, communicating among themselves to distribute responsibilities. What has the GLSI accomplished so far?
- Most importantly public hearings with the MDNR. Ludington 7/12 and 9/7 and South Haven 9/13
- Hired lobbyists that put us in touch with Legislators that have the greatest impact activating a legislative voice
- Voice with the MDNR and actiating change
- Awareness, Communication, Education to and with the Public
- Seat on the Lake Michigan Citizens Advisory Council
- Forcing USGS/MDNR transparency and communication with the public
- Importantly brought to the forefront and intiating change to Lake Trout management strategies
- Expanded relationships with Legislators, MDNR, USGS, USFWS to effect change
- Review of Accoustic/Trawl data and initiated and forced change on how this data is collected and presented
- Brought awareness the Economic impact that Chinook Salmon have on our state and fishery
- Positioned the voice of our membership in front of the MDNR, MCBA, Legislature, USGS, DEQ, EPA, Charter Associations, Focus Groups, and Public Hearings
Take time to join the GLSI and make your voice heard to save our salmon fishery
Capt Glen Buehner President GLSI
Sept 30, 2016
The GLSI met in Ludington @ Constitution Hall with Jim Dexter and his Deputy Chief. We got exactly what I thought we would get from them almost exactly nothing. The good news is we are at the table with the MDNR and have a direct line to the people in power. The MDNR has only communicated to the GLSI only through Senators and Lobbyists. The MDNR finally heard from the board of directors directly and our insights into the future of the fishery of Lake Michigan. One enormous consession we did get was that they have not been getting accurate feedback from groups and organizations or not listening to the feedback. They were very surprised by the passion and the opposition to the proposed salmon cuts in 2017, starting with the meeting July 12th in Ludington with Senator Booher and the following meetings in Sept in Ludington and South Haven. The Michigan DNR is still fighting to keep up the premise of a 50% salmon cut and a slight cut in L. Trout. BUT---Wisconsin and now Illinois are fighting to maintain 0% cuts in Chinook. Senators have met with Directors of the MDNR and have firmly expressed their interest in maintaining current stocking levels in Chinook plants, this is carrying tremendous weight, and the fisheries biologists are feeling the heat. The GLSI is in daily contact with the coalition in Wisconsin and our lobbyists are in constant contact with their lobbyists. The MDNR is now trying to find a way to fight the GLSI, Wisconsin and Illinois. The MDNR also admitted that the lakers are doing damage to our plants and native hatched Chinook, Browns, coho and lesser of steelhead but will not do much in reducing lake trout numbers.
Sept 29, 2016
Even though my boat is out of the water and pulled home I will keep this report active through the winter especially over the next several months because of the GLSI and the decisions that are pending for our salmon plants and planned meetings with the Citizens Advisory Council, Sea Grant, and others.
The GLSI has a meeting scheduled today in Lansing with the MDNR concerning the proposed salmon plant numbers in L. Michigan for 2017. This is not the only issue. We also have questions that have not been answered to anyones satisfaction. Why decrease salmon numbers and increase L Trout numbers---how are we going to get L Trout numbers down drastically for a balance to save alewives. When what where are Great Lakes Musky and walleye going to be planted. How is the MDNR and USGS going to get more accurate data for trawl and acoustic data for bait fish. How are they going to get better survival on smolt plants like Browns, Kings, Steelhead when these fish are going to have to make the run to the lake through all these added predators and then meet a huge wolf pack of lakers in shallow water in the spring? What is the long term plan and how do we get there. How could the MDNR not recognize the economic and social impact that their decisions are creating for the share holders of the lake How can the MDNR put out a video filled with misdirection or flat out lies. Most important for the future how does the GLSI get invited to sit on committees to have input to recognize and represent all stakeholders in the Great Lake States and have sway on possible decisions that effect the lake, the predator impact, recreational anglers, businesses effected, charter fleet and others. A decision was supposed to be released this week by Wisconsin and Michigan but has been put off until after all the states meet on Oct 4th or 5th. The good news is that the GLSI through Legislators got a letter adopted that required the MDNR to collect all the eggs required for a 0% cut next year.
Sept 23, 2015
The weather man was wrong again. If you are looking up at a wave it's not a 2-4 footer. Started 55's and 33, marking fish, continued to set-up on a ssw troll no takers. Swung back to the north because we quit marking fish and hit a couple 33.5 and 54.5. Tried an out troll and turned back before the 35's because it was to rough for the crew. Eventually the waves did settle down and we made it out to the 36's and hit fish in the 35's and 36's this is where the bait started. Water temp was just starting to cool off at the end of the trip with the north wind. Still 70 down 70 but the break came up 5ft and it is a 25deg break in 5ft. 85 to 120ft down on riggers, 240-270ft back on high divers, 400 copper with a 1/2lb weight 15 passes back. No 200-300 copper bites. Best was a Moonshine RV Ratchet Jaw on a fixed slider rigger at 85ft a Ratchet Jaw down 110-120ft on a rigger, Blue Flounder RV 85 on rigger and the 400 copper. Silver Streak Orange Chilly Willy on a high diver. The wind forecast should cool off the inside water and maybe put some fish on the bank, but with the bait further off shore the east wind may just push it further off and the fish with it. Our best troll was a trough west troll 2.9-3.1SOG. Some nice fat 2-3yr old kings out there and Steelhead and Lakers.
Sept 20, 2015
Update to what is happening on the GLSI front. Monday Sept 26 the Wisconsin DNR is going to announce their plans for the Wisconsin salmon fishery. Thurs Sept 29 the GLSI has a meeting with the MDNR in Lansing. Our focus is continuing to get the MDNR to a 0% cut in Chinook plants for 2017 and work to obtain a balance on the other top apex predator in the lake--Lake Trout. The lake trout have been rehabilitated by planting and now natural reproduction just like salmon and it is wrong that our DNR forces anglers to have to target this fish and to publicly announce that we should be happy and accept that. We already have easy access to that kind of fishery in Lake Huron, why not have the best of both worlds; a world class lake trout and warm water fishery in Lake Huron and a world class Salmon fishery in Lake Michigan. The GLSI goal is to force the MDNR to manage our fishery for the social and economic benefits of the fishery in this day and age, not for the lies that they the MDNR propagates or for fish that they tell us we should target because that is their agenda. What kind of lies? Salmon eat only alewives; really? this year I have caught chinook with a bluegill, smelt, bloater chubs, whitefish and salmon smolts in them. Lake Trout don't eat that many alewives when their own biologists have produced journals and published papers that say given a choice lake trout will target and prefer alewives. The MDNR created a "Predator Pit" in Lake Huron to accomplish the goal of a native fishery and the pit wiped out the alewives, chinook played a role in this but not the sole cause like the DNR would like ypou to believe, for proof of this ---google alewives, go to www.researchgate.net and look up alewives. The direction that they want to take Lake Michigan is the same as Lake Huron. As stakeholders in Lake Michigan we don't have to accept this direction from our DNR and they are angry with the GLSI even to the point of telling the Wisconsin DNR that they are very upset with the GLSI and the membership. This is letting us know we are having an effect and will continue to push for a balanced fishery in support of all the Grand Slam Species!! Join the GLSI and be a part in the future of your fishery and make history.
Sept 15, 2016
The MDNR meeting in South Haven went very well for us fisherman but not for the DNR. Overwhelmingly the public told the DNR no salmon cuts in 2017, start cutting Lake Trout for a balanced predator prey relationship. Sen Dave Hildenbrand attended the meeting and gave his 100% support for the fisherman and the 7 Billion dollar a year Salmon fishery that the DNR is letting slip by for their own agenda. The public told them their fear tactics on the supposed crash of the alewives is not being listened to and that they have mismanaged Lake Michigan and that the DNR needs to correct their problems and it won't be at the fishermans expense. We want our Chinook, cut Lake Trout plants. There was a lot of passion and anger shown in the meeting in support for 0% cut in chinook plants. The Great Lakes Salmon Initiative was very well recieved and our membership continues to grow and the impact that we are having on the MDNR and their current decision to cut salmon plants in 2017 and even future decisions and actions that they take. This all takes money to hire lobbyists because these people know which legislators are key personnel to get in touch with to enact change. We are proving what I learned in school that our vote counts!! Please join the GLSI and become a member at www.greatlakesalmon.org .
Another important step to winning this fight is to call and voice your opinion to our state legislators the people that can force the MDNRs hand. Call or email these Key Senators that hold the purse strings and are supportive to the cause and Sen Booher to thank him for making these open meetings possible.
Sen Dave Hildenbrand 517-373-1801 SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov
Sen Jim Stamas 517-373-7946 SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov
Sen Pete Macgregor 517-373-0797 SenPMacgregor@senate.michigan.gov
Sen Darwin Booher 517-373-1725 SenD-Booher@senate.michigan.gov
Contact Captain Glen Buehner Ludington Charter Service If you want to send information for the fishing report.