Southwest Michigan News

Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educators are stationed throughout the state, keeping ahead of water-related issues along our Great Lakes coasts. This page features news and online resources from Dan O’Keefe, who covers the southwest district of the state.

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Lake Michigan Fish Talk

Anglers around Lake Michigan have had “Salmon Fever” since modern stocking programs began in 1966.

Dr. Dan O’Keefe will share results from Grand Haven anglers who volunteered to keep track of wild and stocked salmon in 2014, along with underwater video from Lake Michigan.

There is no charge for this event and registration is not required.

Thursday, July 30
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Spring Lake District Library
123 Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI 49456


Spring 2015: West Michigan Fish Notes

Volunteers report that wild salmon dominated catches in 2014

Anglers enrolled in the Salmon Ambassadors program found that wild fish made up 57-82% of the Chinook Salmon catch in areas around Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron. Full results from the 2014 season are now available.



New issue of Fisheries magazine features two articles on Great Lakes charter fishing

The May issue of Fisheries magazine includes an article on the status of the Great Lakes charter fishing industryResearchers and extension educators with Ohio and Michigan Sea Grant surveyed charter operators in all Great Lakes states to assess changes in business practices, revenues, and expenses. Results show a 27% drop in charter trips from 2002 to 2011.

A companion paper in the same magazine investigates reasons for the decline of charter fishing on Lake Huron. Charter trips declined by 51% in Lake Huron as Chinook Salmon catch rates dropped and gas prices increased. Catch rates for Walleye, Lake Trout, or combined trout and salmon species could not explain the decline of charter fishing as well as Chinook catch rate could. Similarly, Chinook catch rate alone did not explain the decline as well as a combination of gas price and Chinook catch rate.

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Fisheries magazine articles (electronic journal access required):


Grand River Plume Video

The mouth of the Grand River is a popular spot for a variety of fish species. Warm, nutrient-rich river water meets cold, clear lake water and creates an underwater edge. Schools of Alewife and a lone Chinook Salmon make an appearance in this short video.

Regional Contact

Dan O’Keefe
Southwest Michigan Extension Educator

(616) 994-4580

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