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What's New
Ohio biologists encouraged by 2014 Lake Erie hatch results survey
The Penn News (10/28)
Results from the 2014 Ohio Division of Wildlife bottom trawl survey on Lake Erie showed an average walleye hatch and a good perch hatch.

Michigan, New York, Minnesota test fisheater’s blood for contaminants
Great Lakes Echo (10/27)
Health authorities are waiting for the results of tests for elevated levels of chemicals and metals in people who eat lots of Great Lakes fish.

Michigan muskies getting fit to fight in Wisconsin
Post Crescent (10/23)
With a few months of steady feeding ahead, muskie fingerlings will soon gain the weight and size they need for a successful introduction into brood-stock lakes, managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as the waters of Green Bay.

Salmon River Hatchery continues to thrive
The Poughkeepsie Journal (10/20)
The Salmon River Fish Hatchery near Pulaski, N.Y., was originally constructed to help rebuild the Great Lakes fishery. Today, the fishery is thriving and is used to raise steelhead, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, brown trout and landlocked salmon.

Lake Erie phosphorus pollution causes blooms, and fishing problems
The Plain Dealer (10/16)
The phosphorus-fueled harmful algal blooms, or HABs, around western Lake Erie has provoked changes in the fish populations.

DEC seeks comment on 'Catch and Release'; stretch on Nine Mile Creek among other fishing reg changes
The Post-Standard (10/16)
The N.Y. state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on a series of proposed changes to the state's freshwater fishing regulations.

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General Resources
TEACH Great Lakes: Fish and Fishing
In the Great Lakes region you'll find one of the world's largest freshwater fisheries. Learn about familiar fish species in the lakes, threats to the fish population, and tips on how to keep safe.

BoatersDream
The ultimate resource for Great Lakes boating and Great Lakes fishing.

Contour Maps of the Great Lakes
Michigan Sea Grant
Marine observations, buoy data, water temperatures and more.

Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Provides maps depicting current and 6- or 24-hour forecasted conditions for several variables, including wind, wave height water surface and temperature.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Comprised of eleven sovereign tribal governments located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the Commission's purpose is to protect and enhance treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, fish, and gather on inland territories, to protect and enhance treaty guaranteed fishing on the Great Lakes, and to provide cooperative management of these resources.

Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
The council is a confederation of organizations and individuals who share a concern for the present and future of sport fishing, our natural and stocked resources and the ecosystem in which we live.

NOAA CoastWatch Great Lakes Node
NOAA/Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Features Great Lakes surface water temperature data--important information for anglers and commercial fishing operators for predicting where fish are likely to congregate, and for limnology and map studies.

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Charters
Charter Listings By State
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

Great Lakes Charter Association
 

Michigan Charter Boat Association
Search the MCBA directory for fishing charters at your favorite Great Lakes destination. The site also features specialty charters for cruises of Michigan's many islands and lakeshores, SCUBA diving on shipwrecks, duck hunting and parasailing.

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Tournaments
Fishing tournament listings
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

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Laws
ILLINOIS
Illinois Fishing Information
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Illinois Hunting and Trapping Information
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

INDIANA
Indiana Fishing Regulations
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Indiana Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

MICHIGAN
Fishing Guide
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Minnesota Hunting and trapping regulations
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

NEW YORK
Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Seasons and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
Ohio Fishing Regulations
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Ohio Hunting Regulations
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

ONTARIO
Fishing and Hunting Regulations
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

PENNSYLVANIA
Fishing Regulations
Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission

QUEBEC
Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Federation of Québec Outfitters

WISCONSIN
Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Wisconsin Fishing Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Licenses
ILLINOIS
Licensing (purchase online)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

INDIANA
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Licenses
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

MICHIGAN
Fishing and Hunting License Information
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

MINNESOTA
Fishing Licenses
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Hunting Licenses
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

NEW YORK
Fishing License Information
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Hunting License Information
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Trapping License Information
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
License Information
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

ONTARIO
Hunting and Fishing License Information
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

PENNSYLVANIA
Fishing Regulations
Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission

QUEBEC
Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Federation of Québec Outfitters

WISCONSIN
Nonresident Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Programs
Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Hunters are encouraged to donate their entire deer harvest or portions of the meat to food banks and charities in Illinois.

New York State's Angler Achievement Awards Program
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Have you Caught a Big Fish Lately? If so, you may qualify for an award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Publications
Fish and Wildlife Today
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

FOCUS - Indiana's Fish and Wildlife Newsletter
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
This biennial guide contains important information on consumption of sport fish from Ontario waters for both the general population and the sensitive population of women of child-bearing age and children under 15.

Midwest Fly Fishing
Providing information on warm and cold-water fishing in Midwestern waters, covering Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and Canada.

New York State Fish and Wildlife publications
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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Reports
ILLINOIS
Status of Bass fishery in Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Detailed information on Bass fishing around the state.

Status of Muskie fishery in Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Detailed information on Muskie fishing around the state.

Weekly Fishing Reports
iFish Illinois
Weekly fishing reports from selected waters are provided from local sources and are updated on the website on friday of each week when fishing conditions or fishing success changes from the preceeding report.

INDIANA
Fishing Reports
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
View reports from each region and body of water for individual fish species.

MICHIGAN
Weekly Fishing Report
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MINNESOTA
Lake Finder
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Excellent resource to find lake survey reports and lake depth maps for your favorite fishing spot.

North Shore Fishing Report
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

NEW YORK
The Fishing Line: Weekly Region 8 Report
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

OHIO
Ohio Fishing Reports
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania stream, tributary, and other reports
Fish Pennsylvania

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Outdoor Report
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Resorts
Cottage Link Resorts: Hunting and Fishing in Canada
Resorts Online: Fishing

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State and Provincial Resources
ILLINOIS
Chicago Fishing Guide
ChicagoPaddling.org

Fish Illinois
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

Illinois B.A.S.S. Federation
INDIANA
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Fish Indiana
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

MICHIGAN
Fish Michigan
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

MINNESOTA
Fish Minnesota
Great Lakes Fishing Council

NEW YORK
Fish New York
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

FishSalmonRiver
A complete source about fishing in the Salmon River, N.Y., and eastern Lake Ontario regions.

New York Fishing Forums
This site is dedicated to sharing fishing information on its online discussion forums. While you're looking around, check out their hotspot map with write-ups about fishing locations that you just might find handy.

OHIO
Fish Ohio
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

Fishing Information
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Hunting Information
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

ONTARIO
Fishing
Government of Ontario

Let's Fish Ontario!
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Provides information of fishing in Ontario, such as license and regulations guidelines, fishing statistics, exotic species control, and how to protect fish and the fishing industry.

PENNSYLVANIA
Fish Pennsylvania
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

FishErie
A complete source about fishing in the Erie, Penn., area. Includes angler maps and fishing reports.

Fishing Information
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

QUEBEC
Fishing Information
Québec Office of Tourism

Hunting Information
Québec Office of Tourism

WISCONSIN
Fish Wisconsin
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

Fishing Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Hunting in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Trapping in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Wisconsin Fishing
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Search under "Things To Do", then under "Recreation and Attractions."

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Related Resources
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Wildlife of the Great Lakes Region

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