M. Tonello
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M. Tonello

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    1. CaughtMoreCatfishOnTinder
      CaughtMoreCatfishOnTinder
      Hey M. Tonello,

      I have a question!? do you think the Coho that were planted in lake huron will return to the harbors which they were planted in, or will they find a river in NW and or Canada to run in? I do remember some 20 years ago fishing for kings in the harbor in Lexington with my dad in October, but I don't remember if Coho were there as well or if they were planted at all. Any response is appreciated!
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        I think they'll likely return to the ports where they were stocked, or they'll find small creeks nearby and run those. It will be interesting to see how many of those stocked coho survive and make it to spawning age.
        Jul 12, 2020
      2. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        By the way I also grew up fishing those east side ports for salmon, mostly Port Sanilac. Wasn't very good at it, but every now and then I'd get one. It hurts to know that fishery I knew as a kid is pretty much gone.
        Jul 12, 2020
    2. Bud man
      Bud man
      Hi Mark

      I know this isn't your area but do you know who I can or should contact about an excessive caterpillar outbreak in the Brethren area. I believe they are gypsy moth Pillars. Does the DNR do anything or care to hear this kind of activity? Thank you

      Tom
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Tom- Let me check with the foresters. I'll get back with you.
        Jun 26, 2020
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      2. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Bud Man- Heard back from the Foresters, and yes they do keep track of that sort of thing. If you want to talk to one of them, call Andy at 231 383 2808. Thanks again!
        Jun 30, 2020
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      3. Bud man
        Bud man
        Thank you
        Jun 30, 2020
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    3. Dpricher
      Dpricher
      I am a middle school science teacher and I teach a class the we talk a lot about sea lamprey and other invasive species. Is there a video that details the application of the lamprecide or something similar? My kids participate in the salmon in the classroom and last year we had two sea lamprey we got from the DNR. Looking for something I can add to my instruction for my kids. Thanks in advance-
      Dave
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Dave,
        My guess is that you got those lampreys from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They are responsible for sea lamprey control in the Great Lakes, not DNR. I would inquire in the Ludington office. I think they do school visits and may have some videos and other educational materials. See here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/Ludington/index.html
        Thanks for teaching on environmental issues like this!
        Mark
        Aug 25, 2019
    4. chromer101
      chromer101
      Mark,
      You were stating on one thread that the state of Michigan now clips all hatchery steelhead. Could you give me insight on estimated percentage of hatchery fish reproducing? In an ideal world would we rather not have hatchery fish reproduce with wild, or does it not make a difference? Just debating if I should be keeping more hatchery fish moving forward.
      Thank you in advance for any information, Ted
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Chromer101,
        It all depends on the river. On our non-stocked rivers like the Little M, Bear Creek, and the PM, it would run pretty high, like 70-80%. When we've studied rivers like the Manistee and Muskegon in the past, it was more like 2/3 hatchery and 1/3 wild.
        Apr 11, 2019
      2. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Regarding hatchery fish and wild fish spawning together- I'm not too worried about hatchery fish spawning with wild fish. A geneticist might, but in the real world we have to be a little more practical than that!
        Apr 11, 2019
      3. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Whether you keep hatchery, wild, or some combination thereof, is a personal decision based on your own ethics. Remember that even wild steelhead are a renewable resource, and if someone decides to keep them (within the legal limit of course) there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
        Apr 11, 2019
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    5. streamerheaver
      streamerheaver
      Hi Mark,
      Thank you for an insightful and enjoyable discussion yesterday. As I mentioned, if you need volunteers to support some of your efforts (eg., electro-fishing & others), I'm eager to lend a hand. My direct email address and cell phone number are: [email protected] & 732.841.5304, respectively. I look forward to hearing from you down the line, but in the meantime keep up the good work and be well.
      Lee
    6. streamerheaver
      streamerheaver
      Mark, sorry for my delinquency but thanks for your reply. Now that it appears the weather is starting to break looking forward to getting out on the rivers soon. Lee
    7. streamerheaver
      streamerheaver
      Hi Mark ...

      I recently read your 2015 reports on Upper & Lower Herring lakes in Benzie County with an eye towards targeting springtime smallmouths on the fly rod. Are there any other inland lakes in the area that you can recommend for this?

      Thanks
      Lee
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Lee,
        Lower Herring for sure would be good. I would also think about Tippy Pond. It has a great smallie population, plus it is mostly undeveloped and gorgeous. It's our most "Canada esque" lake. Portage Lake has a mix of largies and smallies. Platte Lake should also be good for smallies. Crystal Lake too, although it might be harder to find them on such a huge lake. Hope that helps.

        Mark
        Feb 19, 2019
    8. bjm989
      bjm989
      Hi Mark,
      You mentioned earlier this summer that Cohos might be returning to the Big Sable this year after the recent plants.

      I saw that the first plant was in April of 2017. Would Cohos get out to the lake and return that quickly?

      Thanks for educating me on this!

      Ben
    9. cruzer
      cruzer
      HI, Mark
      Is there any plans to increase/return the Chinook planting in lake Michigan soon? I fished off Manistee a lot this summer myself and others have not seen baitfish like we did, in years. There was bait everywhere, shallow and way deep. I would love to hear your thoughts. Btw your doing an outstanding job at what you do for us sportsman, keep up the great work! Thanks Mike
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        Cruzer,
        That totally depends on what happens in the lake. If the alewife population continues to build, then for sure we would start stocking more Chinooks. But we are not to that point. Lakewide alewife levels are still very low statistically.
        Sep 7, 2018
    10. dirtyfisheyes187
      dirtyfisheyes187
      Hi mark
      Can you tell me the last time chemicals were sprayed into Cadillac and Mitchell?
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        If you're referring to 2-4,D for Eurasian milfoil, then it was likely this summer. We've gotten the spraying of copper sulfate stopped, but spot treatment for milfoil is still a necessary evil. Luckily the amounts are much smaller than in years past.
        Aug 9, 2018
    11. KS up north
      KS up north
      Hi Mark, I was wondering if you know anything about the smallmouth bass with the red eyes in Higgins lake? Have been catching a few of them. Hybrids?
      Thanks in advance.
      Keith
      1. M. Tonello
        M. Tonello
        KS,
        Good question, and unfortunately I don't have a good answer. To my knowledge this has never really been studied scientifically. We have seen smallies with red eyes (and without) in many different lakes all across Michigan. I've heard some folks say they think it may be diet-related, but I've never seen any direct evidence of that. Sorry, wish I had a better answer!
        Aug 14, 2017
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    Mark Tonello
    MDNR Fisheries Mgt. Biologist
    Cadillac District Office