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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

All rivers along the North Shore could feel the impacts of climate change. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Fishing and time are two things that don’t often go hand in hand. Many anglers complain there simply isn’t enough time to go fishing, while others wail when it takes too long for a fish to strike.

That being the case, for fisheries biologists along the Baptism River in...
Lake Superior surface water temperatures are rising in recent decades. Photo by Joe Friedrichs
Many of Minnesota and Ontario’s lakes, including Lake Superior, are getting warmer. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have found that surface-water temperatures in Lake Superior have consistently increased for decades. ...
Lake Superior herring
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...
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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.