The steelhead is one of Michigan’s premier gamefish, providing fishing opportunities for river, pier, surf, and boat anglers in a wide variety of waters around the state. Sea Grant is hosting this fishery workshop to provide a variety of perspectives on steelhead biology in both Great Lakes and river environments. There will also be some time for discussion of steelhead harvest limits.
For those who have not attended a fishery workshop before, these events offer a great opportunity to interact with scientists and fishery managers. In addition to taking a deep dive into existing data, we also discuss emerging management issues and areas for future research. We will even tell you how you can contribute to addressing research gaps by volunteering to collect data on stocked and wild steelhead.
This meeting will be hosted online using Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of Thursday, February 25. A call-in line will also be available for those without internet access.
6:00 Introduction and Michigan River Steelhead Volunteer Project Update
Dan O’Keefe – Extension Educator, MSU Extension & Michigan Sea Grant
6:15 Statewide Angler Survey Program – Steelhead Creel Studies in Rivers and Great Lakes
Tracy Claramunt – Fisheries Biologist, MDNR
6:45 Huron-Michigan Diet Study – What are Steelhead Eating, and is Anyone Eating Them?
Brian Roth – Associate Professor, Michigan State University
7:15 Comparison of Skamania and Winter Steelhead Performance
Jory Jonas – Fisheries Research Biologist Specialist, MDNR
7:45 Steelhead Harvest Limits and Lake Michigan Basin Management Updates
Jay Wesley – Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator, MDNR
8:15 Lake Huron Basin Steelhead Fisheries
Addie Dutton – Fisheries Biologist, MDNR
Registration for Steelhead Fishery Workshop 2021 is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 24, 2021.