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Today's Update and, ...or
11/23/14 Rough math says a 5 person
charter would need to boat .825 Kings an hour multiplied for
let's say, a 6 hour trip and would need approximately 5
Kings/Chinooks based on a season long charter boat average to
stay above the .165 threshold. This would keep the 5 King
limit in place for 2015, if I read FAQ 16 correctly.
Today, I plan on calling a few skippers local to my area for
their catch data and report more on this later.
11/22/14 Unless I miss my guess, and
there's ports doing a lot better than Manistee, MI the charter
catch rate of .165 Chinooks per hour, per person is not going to be met.
FAQ 16 discusses this, if you can understand the mumbo jumbo
text that's about as clear as mud. Basing data on just
charter boats is not fair to the sports fleet!
I predict FAQ 16 will be over-ruled by the low number of Kings
that were harvested at the Little Manistee River weir & a 3
Salmon limit per license will happen.
Click MDNR 16 FAQs
5 King limits per license were a long ways from happening on my
boat in 2014. 2 to 4 fish was all we could muster in a 6
rod spread until late Sept. Then, 6-10 fish boxes were
possible for a few days. Keep in mind, I said fish,
because what we caught was an even-Steven mix of Chinook/Kings
to Steelhead with a few Lakers and Coho.
11/21/14 "3. Chinook salmon
stocking was cut by 50% lakewide (67% in Michigan waters) in
2013. Will further Chinook salmon stocking cuts take place in
Lake Michigan Chinook salmon stocking levels will remain the
same as in 2013, meaning no further cuts will take place in
The above is an excerpt FAQ from the MDNR signed by Todd Kalish
dated March 2014. Alarming to us MI anglers is the 2/3rds
drop. 40% of the Kings my boat caught in 2014 were
confirmed planted fish equating to a future major decrease in my
stocked King fish take. So, if I caught 40 planted fish in
2014, in all likelihood this number indicates a drop to 13 for
2015 and beyond.
We can cut the MDNR some slack for the poor return numbers of
Kings in 2014. A lot of that is up to mother nature, but a
2/3rds cut while the rest of the states bordering Lk. MI only
cut by 50% sure don't sound one bit fair to me.
Be sure to read FAQ 15 that's a far-fetched natural reproduction
pipe dream after this fall's diminished King/Chinook Salmon
Click MDNR 16 FAQs
For tomorrow: have we seen the end of the 5 Salmon daily limits?
11/20/14 About 80% are voting to
replace the current leadership in the MDNR. That means 4
out of 5 you ...say it's time for a change. When you agree
to become the front man in the fisheries division, it's a given,
you're gonna take some heat.
I have no sympathy for any of the hierarchy in the DNR.
Reasons? ...raising the cost of fishing licenses a 1000% for
seniors and a dreadful 100% for non residents. "Hello,"
other states have lowered nonresident license fees to attract
While I see the cost of a fishing license a bargain at any
price, economics tell otherwise.
Even worse? ...finally, there's a poll where somebody polls
worse than Pres. Obama and that does not bode well for us
fishermen ...that reside in the State of MI.
My Manistee front yard snowometer reads 14" for
the 2014-2015 winter season.
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