Get the inside scoop on Lake Huron fishing at a free fishery workshop

Fishing trends, current research and management updates are among the topics experts will share with recreational, charter and commercial anglers.

Youth participating in 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resource Camp experience what the Lake Huron fishery has to offer first-hand. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Youth participating in 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resource Camp experience what the Lake Huron fishery has to offer first-hand. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering about how fishing has been or what the coming season may offer. Aquatic invasive species have brought changes to Lake Huron fisheries. But the Lake Huron ecosystem is still a valuable fishery for those who learn and adapt to the changes. 

Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries DivisionUSGS Great Lakes Science Center, and local fishery organizations will be hosting four evening regional workshops across Lake Huron’s coastline. Topics will include information and updates regarding fish populations and angler catch data, forage or prey fish surveys, recovering native lake trout populations, status of Saginaw Bay walleye and yellow perch, habitat restoration efforts, updates on fisheries management activities, among many other Lake Huron related topics of local interest. 

This upcoming series of 2016 Lake Huron Fisheries Workshops presents several opportunities to explore the status and health, trends and fishing opportunities offered in Lake Huron directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information. Scientists and fisheries managers will share research and management updates, with time for participants to ask questions, trade insights and share input on a variety of fisheries management topics. Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become more scientific anglers, and fishery businesses – sportsfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops – can gain insights relating to Lake Huron fisheries resources around which their business depends.  More broadly, communities can gain an understanding of the opportunity that Lake Huron fisheries can provide, such as through coastal tourism.

These workshops are free, open to the public, and offer valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved.  Workshop dates and locations include:

  • Bay City: April 19, 2016, (Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at Knights of Columbus Hall, 360 S. River Rd. (M-13), Bay City, MI 48708
  • Ubly/Bad Axe: April 21, 2016, (Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at Ubly Fox Hunter’s Club, 2153 Ubly Rd, Ubly, MI  48475
  • Cedarville: April 26, 2016, (Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at Clark Township Community Center, 133 E. M-134, Cedarville, MI  49719
  • Alpena: April 27, 2016, (Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI  49707

Registration is requested. Please register online to participate in any (or all) of these educational opportunities.

For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant by email or at (989) 354-9885. Workshop details for these and other Great Lakes workshops are also available online t the Michigan Sea Grant website.

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.