"Sport Fishing" Historical

"Sport Fishing" Historical (HM1USK)

Location: Ludington, MI 49431 Mason County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 57.174', W 86° 27.667'

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By Bryce Petit, Durango, Colorado

—Mason County Sculpture Trail —

In the 1960's, the introduction of Coho and Chinook Salmon into Lake Michigan was the beginning of great expansion of sport fishing.
In 1964, over 600,000 Coho smolts were stocked in the Platte River and Bear Creek, both tributaries of Lake Michigan. In 1966, a similar program was implemented with Chinook (King) Salmon. It was not known whether the plant of a non-native species usually considered a salt-water fish, would be successful in the fresh water environment. The fish thrived.
The Chinook program was even more successful than the Coho since the species is larger and matures to a larger size in a shorter time span. In the autumn of 1967, the fishery erupted with large numbers of mature fish being caught. The fishery's success was so great, it attracted national media attention. Tourism boomed. The enormous economic impact on the region has continued for 45 years with the development of new fishing equipment, boats, and technologies as well as with restaurants, lodging facilities, and retailers.
This sculpture, signifying the significant impact of sport fishing on Lake Michigan is given by the Barry and Carol Polston family in loving memory of Barry, husband and father, who loved and lived sport fishing on his boat "Trust Me."

Year Placed2015
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Date Added Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 543238 N 4866782
Decimal Degrees43.95290000, -86.46111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 57.174', W 86° 27.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 57' 10.44" N, 86° 27' 40.02" W
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Area Code(s)231
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 298 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington MI 49431, US
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