Perch situation on Lake Michigan
I've heard reports of people catching quite a few around Chicago still. Chicago river and calumet channel to be specific. They were on fire at Navy Pier until the big storm around Thanksgiving which muddied up the water and scattered them.
The fish will be bred and raised indoors in tanks that resemble hot tubs in a vacant downtown building, said Ken Webb, a research associate at the university. Small fingerlings will be sold to fish farmers, who will raise the fish until they’re large enough to eat.
tommy never said anything about hot tubs. I would have been all in if he had ........
Walranger5 (tommy) may have been on to something............
I read the journal article.Don't know what's up with that.Have caught hundreds of perch this summer just very few keepers.Why does he always blame mussels?Never mentions the DNR let the lake get netted out of perch in the 1990's.Also have seen tons of 2-3 perch in the rocks.
Those numbers of alewives aren't accurate... I've had conversations with the guy who actually does the trawling. No doubt the numbers are down historically and are low - but the trout and salmon in the lake are surviving very well. I even pulled a 7" alewife out of a 24" coho (one of 12 alewives in this cohos belly). I don't think we're out of the woods yet. We've gotten extremely lucky we haven't had a harsh winter in a few years. That could've finished the alewives off. I'd still love to see the lake trout stocking stop, but that's a different conversation.
Anyways, back to perch. Don't think this article has been posted yet... Not looking good.