Week of JULY 8, 2013


  • Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for July 5

  • Grand opening of NRA Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Missouri

  • Lake sturgeon stocked in northern Michigan

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Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for July 5 


Temperatures across the Great Lakes basin have been below seasonal averages since the weekend but are expected to rise as the week continues. The forecast for the region shows occasional showers and thunderstorms over the next several days. Temperatures are expected to remain near seasonal averages through the weekend. Precipitation for the month of June was below average for Lake Superior, near average for Lake Michigan-Huron and above average for Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario.


The water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both 1 inch above their level from this time last year. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 3, 4, and 13 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are forecasted to rise 2 inches and 1 inch, respectively. The water levels of Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are expected to fall 3, 3, and 4 inches, respectively, in the next thirty days.


Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Marys River is projected to be below average for the month of July. Lake Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River and the outflow from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are also expected to be below average throughout the month of July. Lake

Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be near average and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is expected to be below average in July.


Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. 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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Grand opening of NRA Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On Aug. 2, 2013, the National Rifle Association will celebrate the grand opening of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, which is located at the Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Mo.


“We are thrilled to bring such a wonderful collection of firearms to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World,” said NRA museum director Jim Supica. “Featuring treasured guns from the NRA collection along with special exhibits from Remington and others, this museum promises to showcase a sporting arms collection the world has never seen.”


Covering approximately 7,500 square feet, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum brings to life an illustration of hunting, conservation and freedom. With more than a thousand guns on display, the exhibits include original prototypes and paintings from the Remington Arms Company, shotguns from the American Trapshooting Association’s Hall of Fame, and the full collection of guns from the Pachmayr Foundation.

“Visitors to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum are in for a treat. They’ll see firearms that figure significantly in the history of our country and trace the evolution of hunting and conservation,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “This museum houses a fantastic collection, from the firearms of Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne to historic U.S. military pistols and engraved Colt revolvers of the Old West. It has something for every firearms enthusiast.”


To see this one-of-a-kind collection, come to the grand opening of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 2. In addition, Bass Pro Shops’ Fall Hunting Classic begins Aug. 2, featuring free seminars on hunting basics from the pros and a Preferred Rewards Night on opening night.

The museum, which is located at 1935 S. Campbell in Springfield, Mo., will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours during the Fall Hunting Classic. Plus, museum-goers can take advantage of free admission and parking. For more information about the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, visit http://www.basspro.com/nramuseum.



Lake sturgeon stocked in northern Michigan  

The Department of Natural Resources announced that approximately 18,500 young lake sturgeon from a streamside sturgeon-rearing facility were stocked in several inland lakes in northern Michigan on Monday, July 1.


The rearing facility, located on the banks of the Black River in Cheboygan County, is operated to facilitate lake sturgeon rehabilitation in the Cheboygan River watershed. This facility is operated through cooperative efforts involving the DNR, the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Michigan State University (MSU) and Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership.


Along with raising fish for sturgeon recovery, the rearing facility conducts research on lake sturgeon thanks to state, federal, Great Lakes Fishery Trust and Sturgeon for Tomorrow funds. Results provide much-needed guidance for managers involved in lake sturgeon recovery efforts, while improving the effectiveness of lake sturgeon culture and stocking efforts.


Each spring, MSU and DNR staff members collect and fertilize gametes (eggs and milt) from adult sturgeon returning to the Black River and rear the young at the streamside facility for approximately four months before releasing them as fall fingerlings in select waters. Black, Burt and Mullett lakes in Cheboygan County are priority stocking locations for those fall fingerlings.


“Survival of the eggs and fry exceeded expectations this year,” said Dave Borgeson, Northern Lake Huron Management Unit Supervisor for the DNR’s Fisheries Division. “Because the Black River location is a small streamside facility, it is not able to accommodate the large number of fry

we had on hand. We stocked these young fish in appropriate locations that help us achieve our management goals of rehabilitating lake sturgeon populations in these waters.”


Selected and prioritized locations that were stocked with the small fingerlings on Monday were: Sturgeon River (a Burt Lake tributary), Pigeon River (a Mullett Lake tributary), Maple River (a Burt Lake tributary) and Otsego Lake. In addition, the DNR will transfer 3,750 of the young sturgeon to another fish production facility near Pellston, which is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, later this week. Fish will be reared there and stocked later this fall.


“It is important to reduce the densities of fish at the facility so we meet our target of healthy fall fingers later this summer,” said Dr. Kim Scribner, an MSU professor and lead researcher at the streamside facility. “Holding too many fish at this point in the rearing process compromises the health of the young lake sturgeon and, ultimately, our chances of successful fall fingerling production.”


“These circumstances [availability of fry] afforded us another opportunity for supplemental stocking of sturgeon as we work toward lake sturgeon recovery throughout the Cheboygan River watershed,” said Brenda Archambo, president of the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow. “We look forward to working with our partners, and we greatly appreciate and acknowledge the hard work of MSU and the DNR in their tremendous accomplishments in rearing lake sturgeon. Together, we are working to ensure our conservation legacy for future generations.”

For more information on lake sturgeon in Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/sturgeon.

Other Breaking News Items

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Fish Ohio rewards anglers
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Study identifies more reason to fear for lake fish
Whether the two most threatening species of Asian carp — bighead and silver — ever get a foothold in the Great Lakes is arguably less important than whether, upon arrival, they can reproduce and thrive.


Brown trout stocked in Wisconsin's Lake Superior waters
Lake Superior anglers near Duluth and Superior may soon be catching a new strain of brown trout.




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