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State seeks input on trout regulations changes

Lansing – The long-awaited draft plan of recommendations for
gear restrictions on some Michigan rivers and streams has been
released by state fisheries biologists. It’s available for review
at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The lengthy 81-page document is the culmination of an effort by
state biologists, individual citizens, and the Coldwater
Regulations Review Committee, which is composed of coldwater
resource stakeholders.

“This is a document that is basically a review of streams that
were nominated for gear restrictions, and a review of Type 2
streams to see if they look good for gear restrictions,” said Todd
Grischke, a DNRE fisheries manager.

“January through March we solicited input from the public on
streams to consider for gear restrictions,” Grischke said. “Over
the course of the winter, we did an evaluation to see which streams
met our criteria. This document lists the recommendations that we
feel should be considered for gear restrictions.”

The Fishery Division recommended a series of trout-fishing
regulation changes a year ago, some of which were met with concern
from anglers. Last fall, the DNRE backed off on the plan and
decided to move forward only with the proposal, which was approved,
to combine types 5, 6, and 7 streams into one Gear-Restricted
Waters category. The recently released draft plan, entitled “A
Review of Michigan Trout Streams Nominated For Gear Restrictive
Regulations,” recommends which streams or sections of streams
should be included in this category.

“We’re a year away from any changes being put in place,”
Grischke said. “We’re taking public comment through the summer and
hope to have a final recommendation ready to present to the NRC in
October.”

Any changes that are approved by the DNRE director this fall
will take effect on April 1, 2011.

Anglers can learn about the draft proposal and provide input
through a series of public meetings scheduled around the state. The
schedule of those meetings follows.

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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