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The Impacts of a Changing Climate on North Shore Fisheries

Sea Lamprey Mouth

Sea Lamprey Mouth

Lake Plants

Lake Plants

Lake Superior Herring

Lake Superior Herring

Waves on Lake Superior

Waves on Lake Superior

Knife Lake

Knife Lake

Gill Net

Gill Net

Crayfish

Crayfish

Photo courtesy Vladimir Khmelnytskyi/Getty Images
WTIP recently completed a series about climate change and its impact on North Shore fish and fishing, and we're looking for your feedback! Please take a few moments to fill out a short survey about the project. All answers will be anonymous and not shared publicly. 
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Some trout lakes in Minnesota are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
During the fall and winter of 2018-19, WTIP reported on a variety of topics related to climate change and its impact on fish, and fishing here in the North Shore area.
 
On Thursday, Jan. 17, WTIP’s Joe Freidrichs led a discussion about what climate change means from a...
Ice fishing anglers might find fewer and smaller lake trout in the coming decades. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Inland lakes near the North Shore of Lake Superior are indeed some of the clearest, coldest and deepest bodies of water in Minnesota. That being the case, climate change, University of Minnesota Professor Mae Davenport and many other researchers across the region warn, is in the process of changing...
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Minnesota's North Shore, like the rest of the planet, is facing a changing climate. There are some who dispute the cause of why this is happening, but few can argue that temperatures are warming, including water temperatures on inland lakes, streams and rivers, and in Lake Superior. These changes to the environment will impact the fish that live in these treasured waters, as well as the many anglers who pursue them. WTIP created this project to cover not just the issues facing the Lake Superior North Shore watershed as the climate changes, but to provide awareness about the realities of these changes. 

This project was prepared by WTIP using Federal funds under award NA16NOS4190119 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. 

The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or the MNDNR.