Higher water levels on Lake Michigan are bringing challenges and benefits to commercial fishing operations in Door and Kewaunee Counties. The rising lake levels have already forced Kewaunee's municipal boat launch to close. Charlie Henriksen, the owner of Henriksen Fisheries in Sister Bay, says commercial fishing operators also have trouble when mooring their vessels.
The rising waters, however, could also be working in commercial fishing operators' favor. Henriksen says there are signs that fish stocks are improving.
Henriksen says some commercial operators with sheds along Lake Michigan and some of the tributaries are finding their storage sheds unusable because water has flooded the buildings.