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Coho Fever: Boom and Bust

Coho Fever: Boom and Bust

When: September 23, 2017, 7:00 pm
Venue: The Garden Theater
Address: 301 Main St Frankfort MI, United States (map)
Organizer: Interlochen Public Radio (This event have been posted on Facebook first)
Fifty years ago, Michigan transformed the Great Lakes into a sport fishing paradise by introducing Pacific salmon into Lake Michigan. The town of Frankfort was overrun by anglers in September of 1967 when the first fish returned to Platte River to spawn. Most had little or no maritime experience and a squall on September 23rd caught them off guard and took seven lives. The incident was just a footnote in the phenomenal success of the salmon program, an experiment that might be coming to an end in the upper Great Lakes.

Writer Jerry Dennis watched some of these men drown in Platte Bay that day and wrote an eyewitness account in his book "The Living Great Lakes." He’ll join IPR’s Executive Director Peter Payette on the 50th anniversary of the storm to explore the history of fishing on the Great Lakes and its future prospects.

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