BY CHARLES BRONTE, GREEN BAY FWCO
Senior Biologist Chuck Bronte, from the Great Lakes Fish Tag and Recovery Lab/ Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, was invited to present updates on the results of the coded wire tagging studies being conducted on Lake Michigan at the annual Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop. This annual meeting, always conducted in early January, is organized by Dan O'Keefe, Extension Educator of Michigan Sea Grant, and is organized to inform and update anglers on the latest information related to the fishery and ecosystem changes that are occurring in Lake Michigan. Speakers from U.S. Geological Survey, Michigan Sea Grant, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources among others are routinely invited to provide technical presentations and field questions from sport and commercial fishermen, charter boat captains, and others that attend. This is the fourth year that the Service Fisheries Program has been invited to speak. Bronte presented results from the interagency coded-wire tagging studies that provide insights into the movements of lake trout and Chinook salmon, estimate wild production of lake trout and Chinook salmon, and evaluating restoration strategies for lake trout in Lake Michigan. About 100 anglers attended the meeting.