Michigan DNR to Survey Fish Populations in Great Lakes

The Michigan DNR is tallying up the fish within the Great Lakes, conducting an official population survey.

Plenty of people will be seeing one of the DNR’s four vessels this summer and fall as they tackle the task.

The DNR says people are welcome to visit if they see one of their research watercraft in port.

Each vessel will have a home base, including Alpena, Charlevoix, Marquette and Macomb County’s Harrison Township.

Here’s a rundown of where each vessel will be and which fish species they are counting up:

  1. The research vessel Tanner focuses on Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay and the St. Marys River and their lake trout, walleye and forage fish populations.
  2. The Channel Cat studies walleye, yellow perch and lake sturgeon on Lakes St. Clair and Erie.
  3. The Lake Char assesses the status of Lake Superior’s self-sustaining lake trout, whitefish and other cold-water fish.
  4. The survey vessel Steelhead focuses on yellow perch, whitefish, lake trout, Chinook salmon and forage fish in Lake Michigan.