High gas prices hit Great Lakes sportfishing

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) - High gas prices are being felt in the Great Lakes sportfishing industry, where some say tournament entries are down and charter boat excursions are being scrapped.

The News Advocate in Manistee reports the increase in fuel prices to above the $4 a gallon mark has resulted in fewer boats on the lakes, fewer lines in the water and a decrease in the number of fish being caught.

Fred MacDonald owns Tournament Trail, a 15-event series of tournaments on Lake Michigan. He says he has seen the numbers dwindle at every stop.

Andy McQuillan is captain of Hawg Tide II in Frankfort. He says high gas prices make it a strain to fish at tournaments.

-- Information from: News Advocate