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Fish for fishermen are scarce in the St. Joseph River
WNDU-TV News Story
11/17/2002

On the average, 8,000 to 10,000 fish leave Lake Michigan each fall to swim up the St. Joseph River. This year's numbers are way below average. In fact, they are the worst on record. Only 2,000 fish made the trip. The absence of fisherman on the St. Joseph River this time of year is unusual. "We're a little concerned those fish didn't make it up here and we're not seeing a lot of people come up this year," said Bob Bell of the DNR. 

"We get a lot of publicity in Field and Stream and other big sporting magazines. People come up here to fish for big steelhead," says Dick Parker of Parker's Tackle. The steelhead fish are bred at the Mishawaka Fish Hatchery, then released into the wild. Up until now, the steelhead had returned each fall. But according to Parker, "The word's out, that there's no fish here. Sales are down."

The fish situation can be partly blamed on low water levels and warmer than usual water temperatures. Fishermen hope the fish will spawn in the spring. 


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