For now, better fisheries management has helped Lake Michigan see a return of lake trout.
The sport has changed for fishermen like Bentley, but he said there’s always been something biting on the end of his line.
Last year was the best in several years, he said. Though king salmon catches remained low, many of the fish from yesteryear, like lake trout, seem to be returning.
“We’ve seen Lake Michigan go through a lot of changes, but it all seems to work out and it always ends up being OK,” Bentley said. “Last two years, I’ve been encouraged by the comeback. I don’t think we’ll ever see the heyday of king salmon, but I think they’ll always be available.”