Lake Michigan access restored

After repeated denials of access to Lake Michigan on the northern Indiana border, members of the Indiana B.A.S.S. Federation Nation had had enough. They contacted their state conservation director, Jill Snyder, for help.

"There are a lot of bass fishermen who fish the lake who feel the same as me, but we don't know what to do and we don't know who can help us," a member said to Snyder. "I feel that the lake is being taken away from us."

Snyder summoned assistance from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. which contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Cal Harbor, Lake County Marine, Lake Michigan biologists, the sheriff's department and Illinois conservation officers.

"All departments were educated on where anglers have access to fish and where they can no longer be 'kicked out,'" said Snyder. "Access to fishing on Lake Michigan has been improved by everybody working off current and accurate information.


This article is part of the Access segment of the larger report, 2011 Annual Achievements in B.A.S.S. Conservation.