Week of June 21, 2010


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Fishing beyond the Great Lakes

Potential World record Wels

Guided by IGFA Certified Captain Alberto Bartoli MERGEFIELD "CaptGuide"  and using shrimp for bait, Roberto Godi of Arcole Veroma, Italy landed a potential IGFA All-Tackle record after catching a wels (Silurus glanis) on February 5.  The giant fish weighed 113.5 kg (250 lb 3 oz) which Godi

caught while fishing Italy’s River Po. He said the fish fought for 45 minutes before he was able to pull it to shore onto a smooth surfaced mat where it was weighed, photographed and released alive. The current IGFA record is 242 lb 8 oz (110 kg) caught February 2009 also from the River Po.


For more info: www.igfa.org

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LaserMax offers complete Laser Kit for Rifles

Rochester, NY - LaserMax announces a new Value Pack for Rifles which brings together everything a rifle owner would need to fully equip his or her rifle with a state of the art laser sighting system. The bundle includes the popular Uni-Max® Rail Mount Laser, a Momentary Activation Switch (MAS) for remote activation, and the newly released MantaRail® Momentary Cord Control System that securely attaches the MAS to the Picatinny rail while managing the cord with supplied clips.


Since its inception in 2006, the Uni-Max Rail Mount Laser has quickly become one the most popular laser sights due to its light weight, compact size, durability, and the flexibility to fit on most anything with a Picatinny rail from pistols to rifles and shotguns.


Previously, the persistent challenge with MAS pressure pads was the loss of adherence demanding re-application of Velcro, tape, or other adhesives making a sticky mess of your rifle. The MantaRail solves this issue by eliminating the need


for any adhesives. Plus, with the clips included in the package, there's no need to worry about the 6" MAS cord dangling or snagging. The clips fasten the cord up close to the rail. These three high quality, rigorously tested products are now available in one convenient Value Pack for Rifles.


LaserMax is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high quality laser aiming systems. For more than 20 years, the company continues to proudly serve military units, law enforcement agencies and commercial markets worldwide. LaserMax products are recognized by professionals as providing First Shot Confidence your life can depend on. The company additionally delivers the most advanced laser products and optical systems for semiconductor, law enforcement, aerospace, biomedical applications, and telecommunications in harsh environments. LaserMax is a WBENC-certified small business and all products are designed and manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility in Rochester, New York, USA.


About $219.00





Beretta Reduces Price of PX4 Storm Pistol

ACCOKEEK, MD Beretta announced that it has reduced the price of its popular polymer pistol - the Beretta Px4 Storm. The Px4 Storm is now available for about $500.


Since it was first launched in 2003, the Px4 has been a recognized for its superior technological features and its myriad of customization options. Available in two operating systems, and three calibers (9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP), the pistol makes a great Father's Day gift.


One of the first pistols to be adaptable to hand size with interchangeable back straps and with a unique, recoil absorbing, rotary barrel design, the Px4 is available in full size, compact and sub-compact models. "Because the Px4 Storm is available in so many models, it's ideal for a wide range of use- from home protection to concealed carry to target shooting," said Ryan Muety, Director of Marketing and Consumer Direct at Beretta U.S. A. "This pistol has always had a great price per value story, and now we're able to offer it at an even lower price."


According to Gabriele de Plano, Vice President of Tactical 


Marketing at Beretta U.S.A. the Px4 Storm surpasses the performance of the legendary Beretta 92 model and the military version, the Beretta M9. Because of this technology the Px4 Storm is noted for its reliability, durability and accuracy. It also uses the exclusive Beretta designed locked-breech with a rotating barrel system, the strongest action to date.


Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel.


Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide


About $500.00






Winchester expands its Model 70 Line

If dangerous game is on your wish list, the new Winchester Model 70 Safari Express rifle should be at the top of your purchase list. Big, tough, dangerous game demands a cartridge that can handle the job. Offered in 375 H&H, 416 Rem. Mag. and the time tested 458 Win. Mag., the new Safari Express Model 70 is the finest big game rifle in the world.


The new rifle features the famous Pre-'64 style claw extractor along with double recoil lugs, which dangerous game hunters have relied upon for many years to provide maximum action strength.  The buttstock of the rifle features a classic cheek piece and Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad.   

The Safari rifle comes with an Express style rear sight and a hooded-blade front sight.  Last, but not least, the new rifle features Winchester's new M.O.A adjustable trigger. A hinged steel magazine floorplate makes unloading the rifle easy.



About $1,279.00






USGS Regional Study update
Things are going well again this year, and the study has taken a slightly different tack. We have more people collecting stomachs, so Ed and I have had to spend less time in the field. Our lab crew is processing the fish as they come in, and we have no sample backlog at all. When we run out of samples, we send the lab crew to Saginaw Bay to collect walleye stomachs from anglers, and to pick up stomachs from some of our central freezer locations.

What we are hearing are some reports of better fishing than last year with bit more diversity in the catch, and fish are definitely eating the small rainbow smelt we saw in last fall's acoustic survey. Gobies also remain prominent. We did see one power shad in a lake trout, but unlike last year we identified it immediately as a lure and not of natural origin. We also learned that lake trout do eat some yellow perch, at least in the Port Huron vicinity early in the year.

Our new interns Jacob and Michaela are working out wonderfully, and learned the finer points of prey identification quickly. Ethan has become our lab coordinator and trained Jacob and Michaela. Ethan did nearly all the stomachs himself last year, and he is a good teacher.

The steelheaders graciously supported our work by donating funds for a new laptop that will be used by Christina, our graduate student. Her work will focus on walleye/yellow perch interactions in Saginaw Bay, and the laptop will allow her to run models in the evening after working all day on the Huron-Erie corridor project. We hope to have the computer up and running within a week or two. It is still on order.

The thumb chapter of the steelheaders saved the day by collecting stomachs for us from the Can-2-Can tournament when it had to be rescheduled to a weekend that we could not attend. Thanks guys! That was a major source of samples for the month of May, and we would have lost some good data.


So, our June message is this: keep up the good work, and thank you for taking on the task of maintaining the study. You guys are definitely doing a larger proportion of the sampling this year. This makes individual efforts even more important than last year so those 5 or 10 stomachs that you save may be the only data we get from that time or place during the year.

Please let us know if you need a collection kit! We have some ready to mail out if you need them.

Now if only we had any free time to go fishing ourselves, things would be about perfect.


Ed and Jeff

Jeff Schaeffer
USGS Great Lakes Science Center
1451 Green Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-214-7250 (voice)
734-994-8780 (fax)
[email protected]



Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for June 18, 2010

Weather Conditions

The Great Lakes basin experienced overcast skies and scattered showers to start the week.  Over the last few days a high pressure system has settled into the area, increasing temperatures back to seasonal averages.  There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms for Friday, and temperatures will continue rising into the weekend with some locations exceeding 90° F.  The majority of the region is predicted to see mostly clear skies on Saturday.  The temperatures will remain above average with partly cloudy skies through early next week. To date, the month of June has brought much higher than average precipitation to all of the Great Lakes, which is in contrast to previous months so far this year.

Lake Level Conditions

Continuing a trend that has been consistent since April, water levels on all of the Great Lakes are below last year's levels.  Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron remain 6 and 9 inches, respectively, below their levels of a year ago.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 8, 6, and 12 inches below last year's levels.  Over the next month, the water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are expected to rise by 3 and 1 inches, respectively.  Lakes St. Clair and Erie are forecasted to drop 2" each, and Lake Ontario's level is predicted to increase by 2 inches in the next month. 
Forecasted June Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflows from both Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River

and Lake Huron into the St. Clair are forecasted to be below

average during the month.  Near average outflow is expected from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River and Lake Erie into the Niagara River.  The flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be below average throughout the month of June.


Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.





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New Fishing Guide posted online

The 2010 DNR Fishing Guide online publication is available for viewing at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2347.htm, by selecting “large format.”


The large-format version of the 2010 guide is an expanded version of what was available in a printed magazine in past years. In addition to regulations, the new online guide includes feature articles on bank fishing, creel surveys, the Brookville Lake bass survey and fishing for walleye, as well as a list of where to fish in Indiana, and many color photos.


The change to an online publication was made to save on printing costs. In lieu of that guide, a six-page regulations brochure was printed and distributed across the state. An online version of that document can be viewed at the link listed above by clicking on “compact version.”

The printed six-page fishing regulations document that was distributed across the state earlier this year contains an error under Largemouth Bass on page 3. The Sugar Creek verbiage under “20-inch minimum size and one-fish daily limit” should be listed under a new separate section called “Special Stream Black Bass Regulations,” along with the 12- to 15" slot size limit information for the Blue River, which is also incorrectly listed in the Largemouth Bass section on page 3. “Black bass” includes largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass.


A corrected online version of that document can be viewed at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2347.htm by clicking on “compact version.”




Workhorse plants for lake shores

Shoreland owners may want to consider adding Minnesota-hearty plants along their shore. The Minnesota DNR and the University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension Service recommend these three workhorse plants: giant bur-reed, sedges, and wild bergamot.  They will add beauty along the shore while reducing erosion, filtering pollutants and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. 

In the shallow water, add giant bur-reed. Its strong roots will stabilize the lake bed. This plant looks a lot like a cattail, but it doesn’t grow as tall. Both plants grow in shallow water. Both have blade-shaped leaves, but the cattail leaf is flat and the bur-reed leaf has a spine running down its center, so it is thicker.


These plants bloom in late summer, and that is when their differences become apparent. Cattail has brown hot-dog shaped blooms. Giant bur-reed has delicate white blossoms. Muskrats use the entire plant and the seeds are commonly eaten by waterfowl and marsh birds. Before planting in the water, a DNR permit is required. 


Where water and land meet, add sedges. Many have seed heads that resemble their common names like fox and bottlebrush. Bulrushes (one type of sedge) are found in many

Minnesota shoreland areas. Sedge is a common name for a family of grass-like and rush-like herbs found in all parts of the world. They differ from true grasses because they have solid, angular (usually triangular) stems. Most are perennial.


Try wild bergamot (also known as Beebalm) along the shore. This plant has pale pink flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This perennial plant grows to 2 to 4 feet tall with tubular pink or lavender globe-shaped flowers at tops of stems. Wild bergamot blooms in July and August. Its leaves are opposite, up to 5 inches long, toothed and lance-shaped. All plant parts have a minty fragrance. It often forms colonies. Leaves and roots are used medicinally by American Indians.


The DNR and U of M Extension can assist shoreland owners with choosing plants based on soils, substrates, and native plant communities.  Lists of native plant suppliers in northeastern and northwestern Minnesota are available online at:




 Everything we do on the land impacts our waters. Learn more at www.mndnr.gov


Other Breaking News Items

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Port Hope Marina not so far away

The redevelopment of Port Hope's East Beach, to accommodate a 250-slip marina, is underway.   The municipality received two bids for an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the east beach, with the lowest bid coming in at $564,393.47 and the highest at $829,175.


Michigan looks to double the cormorant kill
Michigan wildlife officials are pushing for more control of a fish eating water bird. They want to double the number of cormorants killed in Michigan each year, to about 20,000


Concrete blocking Menomonee River to be removed

A $1.1 million grant from the White House Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will allow Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to remove concrete blocking the Menomonee River. The concrete was put in behind Miller Brewing in the 1960s to ease flooding …


Bat, bird kills alarm group
A conservation organization reviewing the number of birds and bats killed by the wind turbines on Wolfe Island is calling the numbers "extremely high."

Work is underway for a new lock in the Soo
A long-term project has begun at the Soo Locks. At the end of the project, there will be three locks, instead of fou




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