Lake Huron fishery recovers, but anglers skeptical

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Huron's fish populations are bouncing back after a collapse of two key species more than a decade ago. But state biologists and industry leaders say many anglers remain unconvinced.

The second-largest of the Great Lakes in terms of surface area had a booming chinook salmon fishery until the early 2000s, when it crashed because of a sharp decline in alewives, their favorite food. The chinook's feisty spirit makes it a favorite with anglers.

But native fish such as walleye, lake trout and steelhead have made a big comeback. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is spreading the word that there's plenty of good fishing to be had.

Yet the agency's Todd Grischke says surveys show the lake continues to get much less attention than before.

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