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Creel Survey, Winter 1935-36

  Institute For Fisheries Research, University Museums
  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: May 1, 1936
  Report Number 355
Title: Creel Census on Hamlin Lake, Winter of 1935 -36
Author: R. W. Eschmeyer
  The winter census on Hamlin lake was taken by men from the Ludington State Park Camp (SP-2) from January 6 to March 4. 1936. This census was taken by a crew of four men and covers fishing on Lower Hamlin and its connecting bayous only. It is reported that about two-thirds o£ the fishing was on Upper Hamlin. Because o£ the large size of Hamlin Lake and the paucity of winter fishing on the lake in general it did not appear advisable that a crew sufficiently large to cover the entire lake be used. Most of the fishermen on the area covered by the census (Lower Hamlin) were contacted. The work was under the general supervision of Foremen William Coulter and under the immediate supervision of Sub-leader Frank J. Horowski. The sheets were prepared well, indicating that the census was taken in a careful manner.
  Data for the period by half-month periods are given in Table l. The catch included 344 perch of an average size of 8.2 inches, 62 northern pike of an average 25.7 inches and 10 dogfish, 1 gar, 2 bullheads and 1 walleye. These fish were taken in a total of 377 fishing days averaging about 4 hours each. The records represent a total of 1474.5 hours fishing. Each fisherman­day yielded on the average 1.1 fish taken at the average rate of 0.3 fish per hour (1 fish every 3 1/3 hours of fishing). Almost three-fourths (72%) of those who fished caught no fish. The fish taken had an average length of 11.0 inches.
Table 1
Table 1
Creel Census Data for Lower Hamlin Lake, Mason County
 January and February 1936
January February Total or Average
6 - 15 16 - 31 1 - 15 16 - 29
1 Number of fisherman 171 154 23 29 377
2 Number of fish caught 157 195 43 25 420
3 Number of hours fished 684.3 590.8 82.5 117.0 1474.5
4 Catch per fisherman 0.9 1.2 1.8 0.8 1.1
5 Catch per hour 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.3
6 Average number of hours per fishing day 4.0 3.8 3.5 4.0 3.9
7 Number taking no fish 118 112 17 23 270
8 Percent taking no fish 69 73 74 79 72
9 Average size of all fish caught (in.) 13.2 9.8 9.2 9.2 11.0
10 Catch by species          
Perch Number 108 175 40 21 344
Average size 8.8 8.0 8.0 7.0 8.2
Northern Pike Number 38 17 3 4 62
Average size 25.5 26.8 26.3 21.0 25.7
Dogfish Number Not included in total Total for season 1
Gar Number   Total for season 1
Bullhead Number   Total for season 2
Walleye Number   Total for season 1
 

Most of the fishing for the two months was covered by the census. Fishing for the entire winter probably produced less than twice the number of fish recorded (less than 840 fish). Lower Hamlin has an area of approximately 3,100 acres; the catch was less than one fish per 35 acres. It must be concluded therefore, that fishing on Lower Hamlin was relatively insignificant, that the catch was too meager to influence fishing adversely during the coming summer.

   

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