Anglers are being invited to use the data from the Cook Nuclear Power Plant's high-tech weather buoy to help them find good fishing spots in Lake Michigan.

The buoy is used by American Electric Power to study water temperature patterns as they affect the plant's cooling water supply, but can also be used to pinpoint hotspots and temperature bands that lake trout and salmon follow.

Dave Lefor of the Cook Plant says they have plenty of employees who like to head out into the lake to fish that also use the information from the buoy.

This is the fourth year the buoy has been deployed, and it's located about two and a half miles off shore in 70 feet of water.

It was placed out in the lake on Tuesday and is providing real-time information about the water conditions.

A link can be found to that data through A replica of the buoy will be at Pier 33 in St. Joseph on Thursday for an open house from 5 to 7 pm.