Lake Ontario daily creel limits and current
daily limit& regulations will & remain in effect at least through Sept.30, 1998.
A proposal for a lower
daily limit for rainbow trout originated
from discussions at the Lake Ontario
Fisheries Congress, a diverse group of
fishery stakeholders convened by DEC
last winter to provide advice on
Some representatives to the Fisheries
Congress suggested lowering the daily
creel limit on steelhead as a way to
emphasize the trophy quality of this fish
and limit angler harvest, DEC staff discussed this approach
with a variety of fishing organizations
and other interest groups. While there
was substantial support for the
proposal, many anglers opposed taking
this step without also looking at other
management options to improve Lake
Ontario's steelhead fishery.
ILLINOIS' COMMERCIAL FISHING BAN
OFF AGAIN-ON AGAIN
What was originally considered a sure thing by the Illinois Department of
Natural Resources and the sport fishing community became unraveled when
the administrative rules committee of the Illinois Legislature voted 8 to
1 to rescind DNR administrative regulations banning any further commercial
fishing in Illinois waters of Lake Michigan.
But the ban is now back on. On Apr. 16, the Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules (JCAR) reversed their original ruling to rescind by
the surprising vote of 10 to 0.
The 1997 season also will be the first
year of a two-year experimental
stocking of 90,000 two-year-old brown
trout that average 12-to-13 inches in
length, with some as long as 15 inches.
These larger fish will be placed into 168
selected waters statewide to see if the
possibility of catching larger fish
enhances the early season trout fishing
Researchers have documented the first
adult American shad to utilize new fish
passage facilities at two major
hydro-electric dams on the Lower
Susquehanna River. The event marks
one of the most important milestones in
a multi-million dollar program to
restore migratory fish populations to the
river, an effort that has roots in the
This is the first hunting and fishing fee increase since 1991.
MADISON, WI -
The Wisconsin Legislature approved increases in Wisconsin
hunting and fishing licenses that went into effect April 1.
The fee increase package had broad support of hunting and fishing
organizations statewide and its approval avoided millions of dollars in
cuts the Dept. of Natural Resources would have had to make if fees had not
been increased, said DNR Secretary George E. Meyer.
Illinois June 6-8
Indiana June 7-8
Michigan June 7-8
Minnesota June 7-8
Ohio June 7-8
Pennsylvania June 7 & Sept. 27
New York June 28-29
Wisconsin June 7-8
Court of Appeals limits Ojibwe harvest to ceremonial or religious purposes
On April 9, 1997 the Appeals Court issued a stay order on implementaion of a treaty harvest, meaning the Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, and six other Ojibwe Bands from Wisconsin would not be allowed to implement any treaty harvest until after the Appeals Court made a final ruling late this summer.
The Bands had planned to spear and net fish from 29 lakes in east central MN, including 40,000 pounds of walleye from Lake Mille Lacs.
NEW 30 YEAR STUDY
INDICATES EATING FISH
CUTS CORONARY RISK
Men who eat an 8 ounce meal of fish twice a week are 40% less likely to
die of a heart attack, according to the 30 year study. Researchers at
North-western University in Evanston, IL conducted the longest study ever,
analyzing data from the Chicago Western Electric Study which followed
1,822 men employed there. The study began in 1957 and covered 47,153
person-years of follow-up.
The report was released by the New England Journal of Medicine April 10,
" Trout fishing brings an estimated $2.75
million to the local economy"
Record number of steelhead trout and
chinook salmon were harvested from
St. Joseph River during the 1996 fishing
season, according to Indiana
Department of Natural Resources
joint Michigan- Indiana project area,
more that 19,000 steelhead and 5,700
chinook were caught by trout
fisherman. Angler's fishing Indiana's
portion of the river harvested 8,889
steelhead while 10,489 steelhead were
taken in Michigan
For boaters who paid $115 or $75, refunds are available only if the
original license is sent in to the FCC with a request for a refund. The
amount refunded will only be for full, unused years left on the 10 year
term of the license and only for the "user fee" portion of the payment.
Boaters will not get the application processing fee of $45 they paid.
To get your partial refund, send in your license and request for refund
to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325-7235.
Exotics Likely to Enlarge Their Ranges
Spring thawing could be followed by summer flooding along the brimming
Great Lakes, experts are warning.
"We're not at the record high, but we are getting close," said Thomas
Baldini, chairman of the International Joint Commission's U.S. section.
But the big problem to our resources is nonindigenous animal and plant
species are posed to extend their ranges, and high flood waters may
expedite their invasion.
To Learn More About Exotic Invaders Visit these sites:
Indiana area residents along Lake Michigan can expect to see large numbers of dead alewife
again this spring on area beaches because of the harsh winter weather and
overpopulation of the small exotic fish, according to Indiana Department of Natural
Last year, Lake Michigan had a big die-off of alewife. Lakefront municipalities had to
rake the beaches at a considerable expense to remove the dead fish.