Brook trout bag limit increased by five in additional U.P. streams

Brook trout from an Upper Peninsula stream. (Michigan DNR)

Anglers heading out for the trout season opener at the end of the month will have portions of nearly 40 Upper Peninsula trout streams where an additional five brook trout may be kept as part of the daily bag limit, the Michigan DNR said in a news release.

The new regulation approved last fall added a suite of 36 streams, or portions of streams, where 10 trout is the daily possession limit. For streams not on the list, the daily bag limit remains at five.

During the 2016-17 fishing season, there were eight U.P. research area streams where a 10-trout bag limit was allowed.

Five of those streams were removed from the final listing proposal and no longer have a 10-brook-trout bag limit. Those include portions of Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties); East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties); East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County); Presque Isle River and tributaries (Gogebic County); and Rock River and tributaries (Alger County).

With the exception of Menominee County, 14 of the U.P.’s 15 counties have at least one stream included on the 10-brook-trout list.

Over the last six years, at the request of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, and with input from members of the Coldwater Regulations Steering Committee, DNR Fisheries Division staff investigated social and biological aspects of increasing anglers’ brook trout possession limit from five to 10 on a subset of U.P. trout streams.

Public opinions were gathered using several methods, including more than two dozen public meetings, various surveys conducted via the Internet, postcards and creel clerks (384 responses received), consultations with sport clubs and other governing agencies, and from e-mails, letters and telephone calls.

Biological information was gathered on seven streams using electrofishing surveys, while creel clerks collected catch, effort and harvest data on four streams.

The opening day of inland trout season on Type 1 streams, which include the increased bag limit, is Saturday, April 28.

For a complete listing of the streams where a 10-trout bag limit is allowed, click here.

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