King salmon have been the linchpin of Lake Michigan sport fishing almost since the moment it was introduced in the 1960s. But anglers are catching fewer fish, and the ones they’re getting are nowhere near the 30-pounders longtime fishermen recall from decades past.
Some fear the collapse will be as hard as the one that hit Lake Huron a dozen years ago, forcing some charter operators to move to Lake Michigan or forcing many others to go out of business. Overall, sport fishing in the Great Lakes is a $4 billion-a-year industry.
Link (via Detroit Free Press)