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WI State Record Steelhead
1997 State Record
Contributed by Kevin Naze, Outdoor Writer

In less then one year, Wisconsin has another new state record steelhead to brag about! On Saturday, July 27, Debbie Morrison of Bloomington, MN caught the 27.11 pounder, fishing Lake Michigan, off of Algoma, Wisconsin, edging out a '96- Milwaukee record by over 1 pound.

Bass and Lake Michigan

Hybrid striped bass found in Lake Michigan.

The Chicago District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found three hybrid striped bass in lake Michigan's Indiana Harbor during their normal monitoring of the Chicago District's harbors.

USACE Chicago District Fisheries biologist Dr. Phil Moy informed us, "We were shocking Indiana Harbor during our routine monitoring program when we found two hybrid striped bass floating on the surface. The third one was rising to the top but got away." He also stated, "One was a female and the other was a male, both in the 7-8 lb. range."

To emphasize the predatory capability of hybrid striped bass, Moy exclaimed, "These are not cows, they're lions!"

Brown trout Although Minnesota state officials still don't know what killed an estimated 7,800 brown trout in a popular Minnesota stream in late July, they've found no evidence that bacteria, parasites or viruses were the cause.


Next May, the Canadian government intends to terminate its annual spending of $5 million on the Sea Lamprey Control Program.

The Province of Ontario has returned full responsibility for enforcing federal laws for fish habitat protection in Ontario to the federal government of Canada.

An interim agreement between the two levels of government ended September 18, 1997. Ottawa has shown no interest in a permanent agreement, and we believe the federal government would prefer to enforce fish habitat laws in Ontario, said Natural Resources Minister Chris Hodgson.

judge allow tribe harvest The Courts decision could have serious long-term consequences for every angler on Lake Michigan.

Native Americans will be allowed to continue commercial salmon fishing this year in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.

U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen ruled Thursday that the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians could take up to 80,000 pounds of salmon from the bay, instead of the 90,000 pounds allowed by tribal regulations.

Enslen also denied a request by the Department of Natural Resources for a preliminary injunction that would have required the tribe to remove its fishing nets from the bay.


Lake Erie biologists from Ontario and Ohio are studying the impact of changing environment factors in commercial and sport fisheries, including studies on plummeting phosphate levels. The fact that they recognize the issue as a problem worth studying is a point in their favor as will be the obvious results of their studies showing major declines and changes in fish stocks and food chains.

New Lake Superior fishing regulations

New fishing regulations for anglers on Lake Superior and its tributaries below the posted boundaries became effective Aug. 25, 1997.

The new regulations for rainbow trout will be catch and release only for all unclipped (wild) fish. The limit for clipped rainbow trout will remain at three, with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.

For salmon, the possession limit will be lowered from 10 to 5.

For brook trout, often referred to as coasters, there will be a minimum size limit of 20 inches, a possession limit of one, and a closed season from Sept. 2, 1997 through Apr. 17, 1998. The new brook trout regulations will not apply to Lake Superior tributaries in Carlton County and the Knife River upstream of Lake County Road 9.

    Michigan Lake Trout Record Broken Lake Trout record broken on Lake Superior
    A fifty-one year old , Michigan, Lake Superior Lake Trout record was broken on Sunday August 17, by 16-year-old Lucas Lanczy of L'ance, Michigan.

    Lucas was fishing with Charter Captain Duncan Price , Fisher Price Charter Service of Chassell, Michigan, when he caught the 61 lb-8 oz. monster, shattering the 1946 record held by Angler Ned Watson.

    Anglers Gain New Service Coastwatch Surface Temperature Maps

    [ Lake Superior] [ Lake Michigan] [Lake Huron] [ Lake Erie] [ Lake Ontario]

    Fishing on the Great Lakes has been excellent this season and now anglers have an added tool thanks to a cooperative state and angler effort lead by Michigan Sea Grant and CoastWatch.

    Sea Grant CoastWatch has expanded its on-line Surface Temperature Mapping Images" to include all Great Lakes regions including detailed surface maps for 44 ports.

    DEC Tightens Snagging Regs
    foul hooked salmon New regulation states that "attempting to take fish by snagging, which may be indicated by repeated exaggerated jerking motions of the fishing rod, is prohibited."

    Brochures spelling out the rule are being posted at fishing access sites and distributed to tackle shops in Lake Ontario shoreline communities this month.

    The DEC will be stepping up its enforcement of the no-snagging rules. DEC officials feel anglers have had two years to get used to this idea, and the time has come for enforcement.

    No New Ruffe Populations

    Ruffe graphic courtesy Mn Sea Grant
    confirmed Ruffe sightings

    Ruffe Control Committee Chairman Tom Busiahn reports no new populations of ruffe since 1995. Ruffe surveys are continuing in all five Great Lakes at a very intensive level. St. Louis Harbor in Lake Superior still maintains the highest population of ruffe—the largest of any fish species in the river. Surveys at Alpena showed five ruffe in April of this year, but none since then. The GLSFC is a member of the Ruffe Control Committee.

    DNA and Lakes

    Biologists say they've mapped out a plan to restock two Great Lakes with a species of fish thought to have died out more than 20 years ago.

    Fisheries experts from the United States and Canada want to restore the once-plentiful blue pike by isolating DNA from what they believe is a rare specimen caught in 1989.

    They hope to match the DNA to what are thought to be other scarce blue pike still living in lakes in Minnesota and Canada, then reintroduce positively identified fish into Lakes Erie and Ontario.

    N inety-nine bass got a trip to the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota for the weigh-in of the richest pro-tournament in sport fishing history.

    Two days later, 15 tournament-sized largemouth bass were found dead in Lake Minnetonka's Maxwell Bay, where the tournament fish were released.


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