Monday, July 20, 2015

Fishing in Lake Michigan

Coho and Chinook Salmon, Pacific Salmon are now being caught in Lake Michigan. People are now catching perch and lake run steelhead from piers.
 Read more about fishing in the Great Lakes in The Dynamic Great Lakes.  The book is available online at bn.com, Amazon.com, The Bookman in Grand Haven, MI, Schuler's Books and Music in Grand Rapids and Lansing and many other places.

Critically acclaimed by those interested in fishing and the freshwater seas.











Thursday, July 2, 2015

Native Fish in Great Lakes Make a Comeback

Steelhead, perch and lake trout are making a comeback due to the decline of the alewife.  For more information about fishing in the five Great Lakes, here is a link: The latest fishing information

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lamprey Eels in Canada and the Great Lakes

The so-called “vampire of the lakes” has been found for the first time in a creek west of London.
Sea lamprey are a blood-sucking scourge that once threatened to ruin the multibillion-dollar fish industry in the Great Lakes.
Now, with a $22-million annual program to monitor lakes and treat tributaries for lamprey and their larvae, they number “about 10% of what they (once) were,” says Brian Stephens, who heads the sea lamprey control program for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. “They almost decimated the populations of lake trout in the upper Great Lakes in the 1950s.”
But lamprey larvae keep popping up in new places. And the newest location to be treated with a lampricide will be a tiny tributary of the Thames River, in Komoka Creek west of London.
“This is the first time Komoka Creek is scheduled for treatment,” Stevens said.
Adult lamprey swim from lakes to spawn in clean, gravelly tributaries. The adults then die but their larvae stay in the stream-bed for about five years until they’re large enough to float downstream to the lakes.
There, they attach themselves to native fish and literally suck the life out of them.
The Komoka Creek larvae were found during survey efforts in 2013.
The population estimate is there are 730 larvae longer than 100 millimetres, or the width of a human hand.
At that stage, they’re ideal for chemical treatment to prevent them from growing into adults.
In the oceans, sea lamprey are parasites that live off large saltwater fish.
But as an invasive species in fresh water here, they threaten a $7-billion fishing industry.
“Unfortunately, in the Great Lakes, the fish aren’t as big as the host they feed on and they kill the host,” Stephens said.
Before the U.S. and Canada began a joint program in the mid-1950s to monitor, trap and apply lampricide, commercial fish populations had plummeted to just 2% of their previous average.
The lamprey larvae have low levels of an enzyme that would allow their systems to break down the species-specific lampricide, Stephens said. Fish have higher levels of that enzyme and are not harmed in the treatment.
A trout hatchery set up on the creek by Thames River Anglers Association wouldn’t be harmed by the lampricide.
Monitoring takes place continuously through the Great Lakes basin.
In the London region, Big Creek and Big Otter Creek — which feed into Lake Erie — have also been treated with lampricide in past years. This week, a team has also been treating creeks near Oshawa.
Komoka Creek was originally to have been treated this spring, but heavy rains have tentatively postponed that to August.
debora.vanbrenk@sunmedia.ca 


Read more about invasive species in The Dynamic Great Lakes: available on a Kindle reader and also in paperback.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fracking: What Does it Mean?

Click the link for the Fracking Song.

"http://www.youtube.com/embed/timfvNgr_Q4?re

I just have signed a petition to put a ban on fracking in Michigan for 2016.  This is an important piece of legislation for the sake of the environment and all living things.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kite Festival

                 Go fly a kite.  It's a green sport.  No motors; only wind and skill. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bookman in Grand Haven MI June 20 10:30-11:30 a.m. Celebrate Summer Solstice

I will be at the Bookman in Grand Haven MI from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday June 20 to celebrate the Summer Solstice with poetry and music by the Trace Duo.




Robin Spring fishing



Dutchman's Breeches and the Bookman in Grand Haven, MI


I will be at the Bookman in Grand Haven MI on May 1 declaiming poems and showing a few of my watercolors.  I will be at the Bookman again on June 20 at 6-8 pm with my new book, Between Sweetwater and Sand.  See you there.



Dutchmans Breeches

Delicate dances in strong April winds
blowing off Lake Michigan
Delicate wild flowers grow
Under tall pines
Under high sand dunes
Called Rosy Mound.

Tiny white wild
Flowers tremble on green stems
Dance amid lacey green leaves.
They are called Dutch mans breeches.
Did Dutch men ever dance like this?
                                        --Barbara Spring