The Menominee River is being threatened by an open pit mine

If you are a smallmouth bass fisherman you probably know that the Menominee River is a terrific fishery. The river is a major part of the border between NE Wisconsin and the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, ending its 116 mile long journey when it flows into Lake Michigan at Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI.

This is a world class smallmouth fishery, a must stop for any angler interested in top quality bass fishing. It’s also a scenic river with mile upon mile of untouched shoreline, beautiful wildflowers and abundant wildlife from bald eagles to deer, even black bear.

This exceptional river fishery is facing a horrific threat: The possible construction of an enormous open pit metallic sulfide mine that would be located dangerously close to its eastern shoreline. The mine would be located downstream of the White Rapids Dam in an area known as “60 islands “, one of the Menominee’s most prolific trophy smallmouth sections.

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Dick Dragiewicz at the Badger Fly fishing show in Madison, WI