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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Results are in for the first round of environmental DNA testing for invasive bighead and silver carp in tributaries of Lake Michigan. None of the 336 water samples collected in the Kalamazoo River, Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa tested positive for the genetic material (eDNA) of invasive carp. The eDNA surveillance program – a

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Excellent walleye fishing is expected at Lake Erie now through October, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Walleye catches are typically best during June, followed closely by July and August. The 2019 season is anticipated to produce walleye fishing results that could surpass last

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing, Lake Erie

Monday, May 27, 2019

If you fish the Great Lakes and catch a marked and tagged fish, the DNR wants to know. Since the 1980s, the DNR has used the coded-wire tag program to mass mark various trout and salmon species in Michigan. Mass marking provides critical data as fisheries biologists assess the value of naturally reproduced versus stocked fish, as well

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing

Thursday, May 23, 2019

With the amount of rainfall that Ohio has received this spring, the Lake Erie water levels continue to rise. Lake Erie water levels are currently at near record highs, will remain high and are anticipated to peak in the month of June. Lake levels will then begin to subside due to a normal seasonal decline. All of the Great Lakes are

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Erie

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Safe Boating Council are kicking off the annual Safe Boating Campaign the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week held May 18-24, with important safety reminders for boaters as the busy boating season gears up. “Don’t just have your life

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Education, Lake Erie, Safety

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

While the weather in Ohio will gradually warm up, it is important for residents to know that the water temperature in Ohio’s waterways are still extremely cold, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft. “Hypothermia sets in rapidly when people enter cold water because

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Erie, Safety

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for May 31 – June 2, in Marquette County. This will mark the 22nd annual summer BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Event, Events, Women in Boating

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds Ohioans that small numbers of dead fish may be common in ponds and small lakes this spring. Winter die-offs of fish that result from long periods of heavy ice and snow cover on small waters are referred to as “winterkills.” Winterkills may occur in some Ohio waters

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Lake Erie

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994) Part 413 has been amended with changes for boaters and anglers that take effect March 21, 2019. The changes are intended to strengthen protection for Michigan waterways against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. What boaters

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Law & Politics

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Boating season is just around the corner! During the week of March 17-23, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are encouraging boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course. “Education is key to having a safe and enjoyable

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Education, Lake Erie