Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America
Enhancing Conservation Stewardship
and Outdoor Recreation for ALL Americans

Our Priority:
Promoting recreational hunting and fishing on public lands, recruiting and retaining sportsmen and women conservationists, with an emphasis on engaging youth, veterans, minorities, and underserved communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities.

Biological Technician Janine Lajavic with Alpena Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Office-Waterford, Michigan Sub-station instructs young
anglers in rigging and casting at the 7th Annual Detroit River
Kids Fishing Fest. Credit: Detroit River Conservancy

And this is how we do it…

1. Greater Public Access to ALL Department Lands and Waters for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation.

2. Expanding Access for Recreational Fishing and Hunting

3. Improving Cooperation, Consultation, and Communication with States

4. Improving Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

5. Managing Fish and Wildlife Populations

These two brothers joined by their dad experienced the 1st Annual Youth Deer Hunt held at Iron River National Fish Hatchery in northern Wisconsin. Credit: USFWS
This proud veteran shows off his catch at the
6th Annual Veteran’s Fishing Derby held at
Neosho National Fish Hatchery
Neosho, Missouri. Credit: Bruce Hallman, USFWS
As part of collaborative fisheries management these largemouth bass were stocked into popular fishing destination, Crab Orchard Lake on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Colby Wrasse, USFWS
The Pendills Creek/Sullivan Creek
National Fish Hatchery Complex in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stocks “retired”
broodstock, adult lake trout, into inland lakes to
augment recreational fishing opportunities.
Credit: USFWS





A happy land owner and his son helping to construct one of the Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office wetland restoration projects. Credit: Ted Koehler, USFWS










For more information about Conservation Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation and Public Access Opportunities within the USFWS Midwest Region Fisheries program contact Tim Smigielski, Regional Fisheries  Coordinator at or at (231) 584-3540.