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DNR?seeks public input on U.P. brook trout limit

April 20, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for input from U.P. anglers on a potential change to regulations.

The DNR is considering a proposal to increase the daily bag limit for brook trout in U.P. streams from five to 10 and would like to get input from anglers.

The DNR has a presentation in the fishing section of its website at covering the data collected in the research process.

The limit was 50 fish for daily possession in the late 19th century but was gradually reduced to 10 by 1968 and then to five in 2000.

Since 2001, there have been requests to consider re-establishing the 10-fish limit in the U.P. Since then, the division has studied the biological feasibility of that change and found evidence to support the possibility.

"The reason there would be minimal effects is tied to brook trout life history: juvenile brook trout in Michigan typically grow fast and mature early, often at the cost of dying young," according to the report.

The DNR would also like to survey anglers to measure the implications of having different sets of regulations for the two peninsulas.

The information is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation that has been shared at public meetings throughout the state.

The survey (and another survey on pike regulations)?can be found at BrookTroutRegulations and can also be taken over the phone by calling Debbie Robinson, Plainwell Operations Service Center at (269) 685-6851.

Both surveys will close on May 25.



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