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Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club hosts coaster brook trout presentation

PELKIE – The Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club will hosting Troy Zorn, Michigan DNR fisheries biologist, for a presentation on coaster brook trout rehabilitation in Michigan and the Keweenaw Bay region at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the OSC clubhouse on M-38, six miles west of Baraga.

Zorn will discuss proposed changes to stream regulations on the lower stretches of the Pilgrim, Silver, Slate, Ravine, Little Huron and Big Huron rivers. Currently, they have a regulation minimum size of 7 to 8 inches with a five-fish catch limit. The proposal is to have a 20 or 22 inch minimum and a one-fish catch limit.

The purpose of the new regulation is to improve coaster brook trout populations in the area, and will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission next week in Cadillac to go into effect in April 2015.

The coaster brook trout is a subspecies that primarily lives in Lake Superior but occasionally migrates into local streams. Voracious feeders, the coaster brook trout are easily caught in these streams.

The DNR proposal is patterned after programs proven to be successful in rehabilitating populations of large coasters in Minnesota and Canada.

The public is invited to the presentation to learn the details, ask pertinent questions and express concerns or support.