Over 4000 steelhead, along wtih 2000 salmon, have moved past the fish ladder in South Bend, making for the best steelhead season in over five years, according to our friend Louie Stout, outdoor writer for the South Bend Tribune.
Here’s an idea we’ve been wondering about: why aren’t we trying to eat those stupid Asian carp before they ruin every water ecosystem in the U.S.?
According to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that is exactly what an enterpenure in Illinois is trying to do.
The Big River Fish Co. in Pearl, Illinois is currently processing the invasive fish. They recently signed a huge deal to ship “Wild-Caught” Asian carp to upscale restaurants in China where locally-produced fish, living in highly polluted rivers, don’t taste as good.
Apparently the Asian carp, being a plankton eater, is fairly tasty though very boney. It is also relatively free of mercury contamination due to its diet.
Another part of the initiative to is rename the fish. For instance, “Chilean Sea Bass” weren’t nearly so popular when it was called “Patagonian toothfish.” Hopefully the new term “Silverfin” will catch on with fish buyers.
The thing makes sense. Humans seem to be eating themselves out of house and home when it comes to seafood but with millions of pounds of unwanted but tasty fish roaming our major rivers, perhaps simple human greed take care of a serious environmental problem.
If you like your chinook salmon in the St. Joseph River, you won’t be happy with the latest news. However, if you’re a big fan of coho or love to fish in Salt Creek, Trail Creek or the Little Calumet River, you should be stoked for the salmon season in a year or two.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has eliminated the chinook stocking program from the St. Joe river due to poor returns, thus opening up production space for baby coho.
The DNR will stock 60,000 fingerling coho into the St. Joseph River and 30,000 coho into Salt Creek in Porter County this fall. Trail Creek and the Little Calumet River will also receive approximately 75,000 coho salmon.
According to a release from the DNR: “With the declines in steelhead returns each summer/fall season on the St. Joe and with improved access on Salt Creek, it makes sense to move these fish in order to provide balanced fall fishing opportunities,” said Brian Breidert, DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist. “We will continue to evaluate the lake fishery as well as coho returns on the St. Joseph River through the fish ladder passage program and creel surveys.
If you can’t find any hackles for your fly-tying bench, you can blame rocker Steven Tyler.
The front man from Aerosmith and current judge on American Idol popularized the new trend of wearing hackle feathers as an hair extension/accent. The idea originated in Colorado hair studios and is becoming more widespread.
The problem is that using the hackles as a millinery accessory is causing a shortage among fly-tying shops. It will also undoubtedly cause an increase in prices. Hopefully, the fad will be short-lived.
Story from The Indianapolis Star that was picked up by USA Today: People flock to fishy, feathery hair trend – USATODAY.com.
There might be fewer trout available in Indiana for stocking purposes.
As a writer, how can you pass up any story where you have the potential to use the term “rock snot” a half-dozen times.
Actually, Didymo or rock snot is an invasive algae that is a serious and growing problem. Found in some trout streams, the algae forms thick mats on the stream bottom and and wreaks havock with the ecosystem. It’s also nasty and slick in the extreme.
Unfortunately, the problem is being spread by fishermen on the bottom of their felt-soled wading shoes and boots, along with spores, larvae and all sorts of other biological nasties. Now, many states across the country are beginning to outlaw the non-slip but contamination-prone footware.
So far Indiana hasn’t moved toward legislating against the waders but that would certainly seem a likely step in the new few years. Moreover, traveling fisherman, especially those going east this summer, should be ready to comply with new bans on their favorite fishing grounds.
Soon, we can only imagine that you’ll only be allowed to go fishing after a full decontamination procedure; won’t that be fun!