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Michigan History Photo Gallery

The Detroit News
In the middle of the 19th century, Great Lakes fishing outfits favored pound nets, a long net system that involves pounding stakes into the lake bed, attaching the nets and trapping the fish in an enclosure. In this photo taken circa 1930, a fisherman hauls in a pound net.

The Detroit River was once teaming with whitefish, until overfishing, spawning ground destruction and pollution took their toll. This photo gallery takes a look at commercial fishing from the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century.

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