DNR Office of the Great Lakes invites entries for 7th Annual Photo Contest

MADISON – Professional and amateur photographers have until February 1 to submit their entries in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of the Great Lakes seventh annual Great Lakes photo contest.

Photos from all seasons are needed and will be accepted in the following categories: natural features and wildlife; cultural and historic features; people enjoying Wisconsin’s great lakes; and lake protection activities.

http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/article/?id=3177

New study shows residents surrounding the Bruce nuclear site are protected from nuclear releases and health impacts

D. Gordon E. Robertsonby Troy Patterson, Kincardine News

The public is protected from nuclear releases and health impacts from the Bruce nuclear site in areas of Kincardine, Saugeen Shores and around Bruce Power, according to the findings of an ‘Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP)’.

http://www.lucknowsentinel.com/2015/01/26/new-study-shows-residents-surround-the-bruce-nuclear-site-are-protected-from-nuclear-releases-and-health-impacts

The St. Clair and the Detroit: A tale of two rivers, Part III

Detroit_River_International_Wildlife_Refugeby Jim Block, The Voice

The Detroit River is being “rewilded,” according to environmentalist John Hartig, director of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. After decades of intense pollution and habitat destruction, nature and natural processes are being allowed to reestablish themselves along the 32-mile run of the river.

http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2015/01/23/news/doc54c2764b81cfb706921906.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Two wrecked canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario

The Associated Press

OSWEGO, N.Y. — The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren’t used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday.

The three-member team from the Rochester area said they discovered the boats using side-scan sonar last year while searching for shipwrecks on Lake Ontario’s eastern end. The sunken canal boats — one 65 feet long and the other 78 feet long — were found within a few miles of each other about midway between Oswego and Sackets Harbor, said Jim Kennard of Fairport.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/two-wrecked-canal-boats-from-mid-1800s-found-in-lake-ontario-1.2199314#ixzz3PZQJ4fiL

Ice fishermen try their luck on Lake Erie

by Jessica Denton and Jonathan Bird, News Herald

An air-boat pulled off the ice on the shores of Catawba Island State Park Wednesday, following a day of ice fishing for walleye.

Captain Tony Muscioni unzipped the protective wind cover of the boat and started unloading several large walleye as the fishing crew began unloading their gear.

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/story/news/local/2015/01/21/ice-fishermen-try-luck-lake-erie/22137653/

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters holding public information session Feb. 11 on Asian carp invasion

by Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner

With the threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is hosting a local information session to inform the public about the invasive species.

The OFAH, home to Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program, will be hosting an Asian carp information session at the Mario Cortelluci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre, located beside OFAH on Guthrie Dr., on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2015/01/22/ontario-federation-of-anglers-and-hunters-holding-public-information-session-feb-11-on-asian-carp-invasion

Winter trout fishing to open for first time on 24 Minn. lakes

by Minnesota DNR,

Anglers for the first time will be able to fish for trout in the winter on two dozen north-central Minnesota lakes, many of them within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. 

Trout fishing on these lakes, which contain stream trout, will be open from Saturday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, March 31. Stream trout are rainbow, brook and brown trout, and a hybrid of lake trout and brook trout called splake.

http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/01/12/winter-trout-fishing-to-open-for-first-time-on-24-lakes/#more-15808