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New WTIP series: Climate change and its impact on Lake Superior fishing

The Impacts of a Changing Climate on North Shore Fisheries is a new series on WTIP. Learn more about the series below...

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.

PART 1:  Climate change and its impact on Lake Superior fishing
In part one of this series, WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Tom Beery from Minnesota Sea Grant, Jay Austin from UMD, Cory Goldsworthy from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Gord Ellis, a longtime angler on Lake Superior who lives near Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

Click here to listen to Part 1 of the series.

PART 2:  Rivers and streams
In this installment, we hear from Steve Persons, the Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor for the DNR; his counterpart at the DNR office in Finland, Dean Paron; and the DNR’s Lake Superior Area Fisheries Supervisor, Cory Goldsworthy. 

Click here to listen to Part 2 of the series.

(Photo by Stephan Hoglund)