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Selected pages from the March-April 1949 Michigan Conservation magazine:

Now we have the first issue of the Magazine in full color (the January-February issue had only blue, though was it done so skillfully with that single color that it didn't really 'seem' like only one color and you didn't notice that). But for this beautiful painting of a Brook Trout you need a wider palette! They've got a very fishy issue here to coincide with trout season... I'll bet John Voelker read this issue when it was new!

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After I'd originally posted this, and called that trout on the first cover by the wrong name, I got the following response from a Mr. Dan Vandenberg:

"I happened to find you website displaying some of the content of the old Michigan Conservation magazine. I wanted to point out an inaccuracy. On the cover of the 1949 March-April Issue is a Charles Schafer painting of a native Brook Trout, not a Rainbow Trout. Good ol' John Voelker would be rolling over in his grave if he found that anybody from his neck of the woods didn't know the difference! He'd have you hauled up before the Michigan Supreme Court and then thrown in full waders into Frenchman's Pond.

"... Voelker/Traver was, of course, markedly partial to Salvelinus fontinalis, the brook trout native to the U.P. And so am I. But the issue of the relative devaluing of non-native species is complicated I suppose. The rainbow trout, particularly in steelhead form, is such a wonderful sportfish and so beautiful. Although non-native, it has been reproducing naturally in the U.P. and many other Great Lakes tributaries for well over a hundred years. I have spent dozens and dozens of very happy days fly fishing for steelhead in U.P. Lake Superior streams. I suppose the steelhead have contributed to the decline of the big Coaster brookies that used to run most of the U.P. tributary streams.

"In southern Michigan none of the trouts are native. The brookie was only native in the northern tip of the L.P. The Michigan Grayling (Thymallus artcicus tricolor...extinct since around 1935) was native in streams a bit farther south into the L.P. But in the southern L.P. there were no trout. So there, technically, the Brown Trout (Salmo trutta...native of Europe), the Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss...native of the Pacific drainages of North America), and the Brook Trout are all "invasive" species, however desirable they may be. Some purists might equate them with Purple Loosestrife, Alewives, Sea Lampreys, Round Gobys, and Zebra Mussels!"

Which delighted me, as 1) I realized someone had actually looked at the site and, 2) I'd gotten useful content information and advice!


Front cover, Michigan Conservation Magazine, MArch-April 1949

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Table of contents and editorial info.

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Subscriptiopn card... note the price.

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Editorial.

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Ontanogon episode.

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Beaver vs. trout p. 1.

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Beaver vs. trout p. 2.

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Beaver vs. trout p. 3.

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Michigan grayling p1.

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Michigan grayling p2.

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On fishing for trout.

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Trout's eye-view, by Warbach!

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