Fishing is the Order of the Day!

by Nancy Sajdak Manning


Midland County residents D.P. Burke, S.W. Delamarter, and A.J. Green pose proudly in 1900 with their huge catch of cleaned, beautiful rainbow trout. The trout were "snagged" after only four hours fishing, prior to today's fishing restrictions.

April reports in The Midland Sun and The Midland Republican reveal that around then Midland County residents of every sort-except some 1894 butchers-anticipated springtime fishing, in countless areas. One 1891 Midland report stated, "Quite a number from these parts are down by the Chippewa, fishing." Porter Township, in 1896, reported, "Quite a number have gone fishing at the dam." And, the April 13, 1906 Midland Republican even reported, "The Dow Chemical office force went fishing Monday noon for an hour, and at the mouth of the intake pipe caught six fish, two being good sized pickerel. Tuesday night they were entertained by the fish at the home of E.W. Bennett, in a most "delicious" manner. Photo courtesy of Midland County Historical Society.

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