Escanaba in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fishing the Bays de Noc
Beginning with the Native Americans to present day, people have found food, fortune and failure fishing the Bays de Noc. In 1866, commercial fishing at Escanaba began with catching fish for visiting trade vessels and local logging camps. In the next few years this industry expanded enormously. By 1881 the Booth Co. alone shipped over 1,500,000 pounds of whitefish, trout, dory, pickerel and sturgeon to Chicago. Commercial fishing continued to thrive in Escanaba until during the 1920's and 1930's, intense competition between fishermen drove the price down to 4 cents a pound. For many it was impossible to stay in business, and by the 1950's many Escanaba fish houses had closed. Today, the many commercial fishing boats have given way to recreational fishermen, and the shouts of success and moans of failure are still echoed across the bay.
Life for a fishing crew was difficult. The fishing season lasted from April 1st or when the ice broke up until January. The days began at 2am and lasted until the return to port at 4-5pm.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Ludington Street, Escanaba MI 49829, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Port - Today (a few steps from this marker); The Port - Early Years (a few steps from this marker); Little Bay de Noc (a few steps from this marker); The Ore Pellet (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peninsula Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Ore Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Before the Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Escanaba's Docks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Escanaba.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.