DNR Fish Survey

Photo Credit: Noah Bradow

Fish Committee Chair, Pete Taylor reports that the DNR will be conducting a netting survey on North Lake Leelanau, starting Monday, May 9 and extending through Thursday, May 12th. If you see someone netting fish on the lake, please know that this operation is “kosher” and do not worry. Fish will be caught, measured, weighed, and released. According to DNR Fisheries Management Biologist Heather Hettinger, “All fish will be returned to the lake, except for a few bass and trout which we will send in for containment testing.  If folks have any concerns they can contact me by phone at (231)922-5280, ext. 6870, or by email at hettingerh@michigan.gov.”

Some of you may have already noticed a net at the mouth of Houdek Creek (see picture), which Pete Taylor tells me was put there to help young fish find their way away from shore when they are released, as they tend to be dazed and confused straight out of the fish pipe, understandably.  This release has already happened, and I believe the net is now gone.  As most of you know, I am a keen photographer myself, and I want to give credit to Noah Bradow for this excellent photo of that net, stretching south towards the moon.  Please visit his Facebook page, give him a “like”, and hey .. maybe buy the picture and frame it!

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Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up “Up North”. Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory – three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!

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