Very interesting, in spite of wretched ice conditions.
A native species, and the once most plentiful fish in Lake Michigan, may be poised for a comeback, especially if Charles Bronte of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has a say.
"The southern shores of Lake Michigan with its tall dunes, white sand, and blue water reminds me quite a bit of the east coast of Australia, well, except for the coral reefs and animals that can kill you."
In the span of 40 minutes Saturday evening, just outside the Michigan City Lighthouse, an unassuming, two-inch Rapala caught a sheepshead, a jumbo perch, a brown trout and a chinook.
Picking night crawlers and kicking dandelions. Not the kind of things typically done outdoors around here in January, but the weather was far from normal last weekend.
After flopping around like a fish out of water, the Lake Michigan Committee appears to have settled on a 27 percent reduction in lake-wide chinook stockings, according to a news release this week. This is better news for local big-lake fans.
Sporting shiny, pinkish-red sides and a contrasting olive-green back, the seven pound coho seemed better suited for a brightly-lit aquarium than the drab surroundings of a mud-banked Trail Creek.