Michigan fish hatcheries help balance the ecosystem

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a helping hand. That’s been especially true in Michigan when it comes to replenishing lost fish populations and establishing new ones in the Great Lakes and inland waters. By the late 19th century, fish had begun disappearing due to habitat destruction, over-fishing, dam construction and pollution. Intensive management practices then became […]

A Water Wonderland, Right in Southeast Michigan

Think the only place to play in the water is Up North? Think again. More and more metro Detroiters are finding all sorts of watery fun right here in southeast Michigan, according to travel experts. “Metro Detroit is an ideal location for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and just relaxing along a beautiful stretch of water,” […]

Hundreds of thousands of fish raised and released at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 If you go fishing this summer and catch a big one, there is a chance it came from one of Michigan's many fish hatcheries. One of those hatcheries is the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, which currently produces four species of fish in its indoor and outdoor […]

‘Dinosaur Fish’ May Outlive Us All

With their large suction mouth, shark-like tail, and rows of bony plates up and down its 6-foot-long body, lake sturgeon are pretty intimidating. But not to 12-year-old Elena Guc. “I think it’s really interesting how lake sturgeon have been around since dinosaur times and how their different features help them survive and live to be […]

Flygirls Find Peace, Friendship on the Water

Knee-deep in a clear Michigan trout stream is Ann Miller’s happy place. “Fishing is the only time when I can escape from all life’s worries and just think about what I’m doing on the river,” said Miller, co-founder of Flygirls of Michigan, a club born 21 years ago out of the need for more fly-fishing […]

5 buried treasures you’ll discover on Harsens Island

From the southwestern tip of Harsens Island you can just make out Detroit’s Renaissance Center on the horizon. But turn your back to the city and it feels like you’re a thousand miles away. “Harsens Island is a little bit of paradise,” said Leonard Sandbank, 73, a lifelong island visitor. Tucked away at the north […]

Father, son share a special bond

TUSTIN – Most parents only dream about this gift of time. For years now, Mark Romanack and his 21-year-old son, Jake, have traveled the roads together in their Dodge Ram pickup. They talk. They laugh. They plan a future. And when they arrive at their destination, they fish. “When we get a call that there’s […]

Top Michigan Wildlife Stories of 2016

Congratulations, Michigan! As 2016 comes to a close, we’re proudly celebrating what we believe is the best year ever of highlighting the rich and diverse stories that herald the amazing opportunities Michigan offers to experience our great outdoors and enjoy our state’s unique wildlife habitats. Together, we waded streams and helped conserve our waters with […]

Exploring the outdoors through fly fishing

Live in the D – WDIV Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Live in the D host Chuck Gaidica learned more about one group making a large impact on Michigan, Trout Unlimited. Jeremy Geist, Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager and Tom Quail, Chairman for Michigan Trout Unlimited stopped by the WDIV studio to talk about the organization's […]

Watch fish climb a ladder in Grand Rapids

It's the only spot in Grand Rapids where you can admire art and watch migrating fish at the same time. Fish Ladder Park features a sculpture designed to allow spawning fish to bypass the imposing Sixth Street Dam on the Grand River. "This beautiful sculpture is truly a unique way to allow species such as […]
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