Mich fisherman sues state to keep, sell walleye
Written by Chicago Tribune   
Friday, 27 November 2009 20:41
One of Michigan's most successful commercial fishermen is suing the state to try to overcome a decades-old ban on catching walleye in the Great Lakes.

Dana Serafin of Pinconning is forced to release thousands of walleye from his nets while catching other fish in Lake Huron. In 2008, he proposed a three-year study of the walleye population that included a provision for him to keep and sell some of his haul.

No thanks, replied the state Department of Natural Resources.

Authorities Search for 4 Missing Fishermen on Lake Erie
Written by Fox News   
Friday, 03 July 2009 14:30
The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian authorities are scouring Lake Erie for four fishermen whose 19-foot boat sailed from a Michigan park a day earlier.

The men, who are between 50 and 70 years old, left Sterling Park in Monroe, Mich., Thursday morning and had planned to return by 4 p.m., Greg Fondran, a search and rescue controller at the U.S. Coast Guard's District Nine Command Center, told FOXNews.com.

Muskegon River spawns state's walleye supply
Written by Muskegon Chronicle   
Saturday, 04 April 2009 10:53
Rich O'Neal arrived at the Muskegon River's Pine Street boat launch earlier this week to find a small army of biologists engaged in the annual ritual of collecting walleye eggs from fish captured in the river.

"We've got a lot of hands here," said O'Neal, a fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. O'Neal has helped shepherd the recovery of the Muskegon's walleye fishery over the past three decades.

Lake Erie walleye limit in peril as international group cuts quotas for 2009
Written by Cleveland Plain Dealer   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:13
Ohio sport anglers and Ontario commercial fishermen were allocated about 30 percent fewer walleye for 2009 by the international Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission at its annual meeting Tuesday.

The lake-wide allowable yellow perch harvest was increased by almost 20 percent.

Fisheries officials around Lake Erie, including the Ohio Division of Wildlife, have been studying the spawning woes of walleye for decades. They're still looking for answers. Ohio manages the vast walleye spawning grounds of Western Lake Erie, including reefs along the Ohio shoreline and the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, the major spawning rivers of the spring season.

Dicey ice? Not for walleye anglers on Saginaw Bay
Written by Grand Rapids Press   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 22:23
It's a little unnerving to look across the vast expanse of ice and see pepper specks of life three or four miles offshore, the huddle of ice fishermen on a cold winter day.

It's even more unsettling to saddle up an ATV or snowmobile and think you are about to become one of those guys after a 20-minute ride across Saginaw Bay.

The whole way out there, you can't help think: You've done a lot smarter things in your lifetime.
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