In Owen Sound yesterday, we stood on the bridge in Harrison Park and watched the salmon fight their way upstream to spawn. The Sydeham River is about 50 feet wide and a foot deep here, running over a bed of gravel and boulders.
By the late 1950's fisheries experts were searching for something dramatic to change the situation. Howard Tanner, head of fisheries for the State of Michigan, decided to try introducing salmon. It was an overnight success. Salmon fed widely on the Alewives, growing fast, and creating some sort of artificial balance in the system. Today the sports fishery is far more valuable than the commercial fishery, though some old tugs still go out after Whitefish. The salmon are still widely dependent on stocking, but natural spawning is also part of the picture.
Here in Owen Sound you can go and see the salmon in action very easily.
Glad that someone actually took action against the destructive species and introduced one that would help feed the Masses.ReplyDelete
Great Pictures as always Stew.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
They have such beautiful colours, and crystal clear water. Lovely photos, so good you can get out again.ReplyDelete
So are you still making the photos with your phone are back to the heavier camera. Which ever it is, it is still giving you good results.ReplyDelete
Always fascinating to watch salmon fight upstream.ReplyDelete
Thanks for that close-up of Salmon finding their place to spawn.ReplyDelete
What a pretty spot! they look like good sizes too.ReplyDelete
I'd love to visit Owen Sound again! Great shots!!!!ReplyDelete
That is a wonderful sight to see , I remember watching them back in the 70's so many salmon you could almost walk on them across the river.ReplyDelete
I can honestly say that is something I've never witnessed. I always hear about it but never see it. Thank you for sharing the pictures and the history with us.ReplyDelete
Hello, the water looks clean and beautiful. Cool views of the Salmon, great photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!ReplyDelete
Wonderful to see. They spawn here too. Saw them a couple of weeks ago. Ours are kokanee and are orange.ReplyDelete
great article. We love our Pacific Salmon out here---Protect them and when the season is open----mighty tasty
That took a lot of patience to get to work.ReplyDelete
There's quite a sport fishery for Pacific salmon in Lake Erie and its tributaries in New York and Pennsylvania as well as yours in Lake Huron.ReplyDelete
A friend of mine is an artist. Your third picture reminds me of one she did of several salmon side-by-side going upstream. The colours are almost exactly the same. - MargyReplyDelete
Clean clear water. Yummy looking salmon too!ReplyDelete
I sure remember that lamprey eel problem a bunch of years ago. It was all over the local news for awhile.ReplyDelete
Lovely photographs you've shared, thank you.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Wow neat seeing the salmon. Great shots.ReplyDelete
Nice to see you wheeling around too. : )