Meetings planned across Michigan to solicit input on proposed trout regulation changes

Lansing — A series of statewide public meetings will be held on
proposed changes to trout fishing regulations to give anglers a
chance to provide input on the draft plan.

A copy of the draft plan is available online to review at
www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing
.

A year ago, the DNRE’s Fisheries Division presented a proposal
to the public for modifying regulations governing fishing for trout
on Michigan’s streams. After extensive public solicitation for
response to the proposals, a decision was made in the fall of 2009
to move forward only with combining existing Type 5, 6, and 7
streams into a new Gear Restricted Waters category.

In January 2010, the DNRE again solicited public comment on what
streams might be proposed for inclusion in the Gear Restricted
Waters category. Subsequent to that comment period, a draft
proposal has been developed with the help of the Fisheries
Division’s Coldwater Committee. The draft proposal is now ready for
public review, and the public is invited to learn about the draft
proposal and provide comment through a set of public meetings
around Michigan.

After reviewing the comments gathered during the public review
meetings, recommendations will be incorporated into Fisheries Order
200. The order will then be presented for information at the
September meeting of the Natural Resources Commission. Any changes
to Fisheries Order 200 that are approved by the DNRE Director in
the fall of 2010 will take effect on April 1, 2011.

The schedule of public meetings is:

Southern Lake Huron Management Unit:

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Bay City State Recreation Area
Visitors Center, 3585 State Park Dr., Bay City

Northern Lake Huron Management Unit:

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Crawford Au Sable Primary School
Cafeteria, 306 Plum St., Grayling

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at the Mio Community Center, 305 East
9th Street, Mio

7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the Northland Sportsmans Club, Old
Alba Road, Gaylord

Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit:

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Newberry Public Library , 700
Newberry Ave., Newberry

Western Lake Superior Management Unit:

7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, June 22, at the Negaunee Township
Hall, 42 M-35, Negaunee

6 p.m. (Central) Thursday, June 24, at Gogebic Community
College, E4946 Jackson St., Ironwood.

Lake Erie Management Unit:

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the Rochester City Hall
Auditorium, 1000 Rochester Hills Dr., Rochester Hills

Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit:

6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Dickinson County Library, 401
Iron Mountain St., Iron Mountain.

6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at the Escanaba DNRE Pocket Park, 2401
12th Ave. North, Escanaba

Central Lake Michigan Management Unit:

7 p.m. Monday, June 7, at the Bitely Conservation Club, 12016
Woodbridge (M-37) in Bitely.

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Crawford Au Sable Primary School
Cafeteria, 306 Plum St., Grayling.

7 p.m.Thursday, June 10, at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and
Fishing Center, 6093 E. M-115, Cadillac

Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit:

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
Interpretive Center, 34270 CR 652, Mattawan

7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Maud Preston Memorial Library,
500 Market St., St. Joseph.

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