OK ... held my thoughts from text long enough. Please be thoughtful of these points when expressing your opinions..
Lake trout have been planted at +3 mil a year for over 10 years
Totals for LT are are over 50 Mil planted in 20 years
The DNR decides how many LT and where to plant
There has been known natural reproduction of LT for many years
Some areas as high as 50%
They live for many years .. we caught some this year aged at 25 +
Many research papers suggest diets of alewives in LT at 40 to 60 %
Diets of all are estimated /measured by stomach caught / harvested fish?
If so, what are they really eating at all other times?
The predatory inertia of LT is huge.. hard to impact changes quickly.
So why have we waited so long for any changes?
1985 rehabilitation plan for LT (nothing changed in their world since then) ? If so, is that responsible management?
Estimated tonnage in Lake Michigan of LT is nearing King Salmon
Those estimates are truly "ESTIMATES" no one knows real numbers but many think it is low
Current proposal for increased harvest and reduced plantings of LT will have minimum to no impact on Lake wide numbers.
I do like fishing for LT on a limited basis and eating them... but
Most people that fish with me, approximately 300 people / year, prefer catching kings
Only way to get our LT portfolio numbers in Balance quick under this "emergency situation for bait" is immediate commercial harvest.
There is a research paper by "scientist" that suggest part of the demise to alewives and salmon in Lake Huron was a phenomenon called the "predator pit" LT and walleye numbers climbed so high that when alewives dipped low ... consumption by these two predators stomped reproduction of alewives.
Alewives have been "birth control" pills to LT... what happens when alewives are low?
Alewives populations are trending lower than they have been. There is no way to know the exact number in the lake.
All numbers are "estimates" based on an ACCURATE number of LIMITED trawls and soundings. How much do the trawls and soundings cover, 300 to 600 miles a year? How big is the Lake... 22,300 square miles or 1,180 CUBIC MILES.
Estimates could be HIGH or LOW for predators and bait
We know as fisherman the lake has changed greatly.. we have to fish different and wander more to find fish... it moves a lot.
This all effects accuracy and causes variation.
We are making estimates on estimates.. agreed its the best we have.
There is Natural reproduction of King Salmon....how in the world can you accurately measure that???? with out counting smolts !
Mother nature probably causes wide swings in natural reproduction of King salmon.
Facts are being thrown in % of natural reproduction of kings... be careful.. thats based on number of kings caught and checked.. they should say 60% of kings checked at boat ramps appear to be natural... the rest is "assumed"
Part of the natural king reproduction is from planted fish ! How do you think the natural repro started?
Would "0" plants begin the dwindle demise of " natural reproduction" ?
JUST MY THEROY... LT are also predators of our salmon smolts and brown trout plantings. They are "opportunistic!
It is a "numbers" game... what is the tipping point for planting and natural returns?
Kings are king... they are probably the most valuable of the species for our total Lake Michigan Sport fishery and economy.
So WHY do we keep picking on Kings for more reductions?
Lets get our lake in total balance for the most valuable species!!!
If the bait is truly in a crisis situation, does the DNR need to get out of the "BOX" for change?