Lake Michigan has been an important fisheries resource for hundreds of years. As the climate and lake ecosystem changes, fish populations will also change, which may have significant effects to economies that rely on fisheries. We work with fishing operators and businesses, anglers, scientists, and managers to address key fisheries issues such as invasive species, habitat restoration, and changing socioeconomic environments.

Programs & Initiatives

Fisheries Data

Comprehensive fisheries data in Lake Michigan have been collected by state agencies since the 1980s. In partnership with these agencies, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has collated and published these data in a user-friendly way via two interactive websites: Angler Archive and Fish Atlas.

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Education & Training

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant publishes educational material, hosts workshops and organizes outreach events to educate people on fisheries issues in southern Lake Michigan. This is essential to highlight the importance of fishing to local and regional communities, as well as promote collaborative and sustainable fisheries management.

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Research Projects

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant funds original research projects that support and complement our education and outreach activities. The link below will take you the Fisheries section of our funded research database, where you will find project descriptions, contact information, and final reports and publications.

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Fisheries Contact Information

Topic Specialist

Mitch Zischke
Fisheries Scientist
Jay Beugly
Aquatic Ecology Specialist

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator