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Musky Planting

LDN Article

2012 Tonello Report

Fishing Map

1956 Crowe Survey



Tom Hamilton reports that five years of classes of musky have been stocked in Hamlin Lake with the class of 2005 predicted to have reached a legal size of 43 inches in 2011. 

During the years 2005 thru 2011, there have been 42,582 of musky planted near Victory Township Park.

In 2004 Mark Tonello, MDNR Fisheries Management Biologist, conducted a fish survey of Hamlin Lake.  In 2005 he presented the results at the annual HLPS meeting.  This was subsequently reported in an article by Steve Begnoche in the LDN on August 1, 2005.  The slides presented by Mark Tonello are currently available and can be viewed by clicking here.

Mason County Walleye Association operates a Walleye rearing project for the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Many of the lakes throughout Michigan are stocked with the fish raised by the project. Hamlin Lake is the grateful recipient of hundreds-of-thousands of these walleye fingerlings.  The Mason County Walleye Association significantly contributes to the plentitude and quality of local sport fishing, an essential contributor to the tourist economy of the Ludington area.  The President is Carter Koles.  Contributions can be made to the Community foundation for Mason County.

There is a Family Story about fishing in the fog at the Narrows here.

In 1956, Walter R. Crowe surveyed the fish population in Hamlin Lake.  He reports a large variety of species, but a lower quantity than comparable large lakes.

The Crowe report mentions two older reports.  We would be interested in obtaining a copy of them:

1. I.F.R. Report No. 160 "Survey of Hamlin Lake, Mason County, with Recommendations for Improving Fishing" by Carl L. Hubbs and R. W. Eschmeyer. Sept. 13, 1932.

2. I.F.R. Report No. 160a "A Second Fisheries Survey of Hamlin Lake, Mason County" by C. J. D. Brown and Hugo Kilpela. Nov. 23, 1942.

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