Statewide DNR News
March 13, 2017
Contact: Troy Zorn, 906-249-1611, ext. 308 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839
DNR seeks public comment on inland trout management plan
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its draft inland trout management plan and is seeking public comment on it. The plan, available online at michigan.gov/fishing under Angler Alerts, focuses on the ecology and management of populations of inland trout in rivers and inland lakes of Michigan.
The intent of the inland trout management plan is to provide an overview of inland trout habitats in Michigan, the biology and ecology of inland trout populations, and management activities directed toward inland trout and their habitats. This information provides a basis for understanding the role of inland trout in current and future management of fisheries in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams.
This report does not cover species such as Chinook or coho salmon and migratory rainbow trout (steelhead), which reside in the Great Lakes and migrate inland on a seasonal basis. It does cover inland trout that primarily reside in streams and inland lakes throughout their lives.
Sections of the report focus on distribution of trout waters in the state, origin of inland trout fisheries, biology of inland trout in streams and lakes, fishing regulations, status of fisheries and other topics.
Public comments may be submitted via email to DNR-FISH-ManagementPlans@michigan.gov by Friday, April 14. Written public comments also will be accepted at Marquette Fisheries Research Station, attention Troy Zorn, 484 Cherry Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855.
/Editors’ note: An accompanying photo is available for download. Suggested caption follows. The public is welcome to comment on the DNR’s draft Inland Trout Management Plan, designed to protect species like Michigan’s state fish, the brook trout./
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Applications are now being accepted for this years Youth Fly Fishing camp
The annual fly fishing camp is now accepting applications for this year’s annual event. The camp will be held on June 25-29, 2017 and will be based from the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on north shores of Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 years old, who will become our next generation of conservation leaders and anglers. You don’t need to be a great angler or have any knowledge of conservation issues, what you do need is a love for the out of doors and a willingness to learn. The highlights of the camp will be: Learning how to cast a fly rod, fly tying, proper catch & release, canoe trip, fishing the AuSable and Manistee Rivers, river restoration project and many more interesting things during the four day camp. The Adams Chapter of Traverse City will be sponsoring three young campers to this year camp, so don’t delay, application deadline is May 31, 2017 with no exceptions.
More information and the Application can be found under the “Events” tab – “MI TU Youth Fly Fishing Camp”.
Nestle Water Withdrawal Request
We want to update you on an issue in the news that concerns a recent water withdrawal request by Nestle at their White Pine Springs well No. 101 in Osceola Township, north of Evart
Their request asks the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to increase allowed pumping from 150 to 400 gallons-per-minute. On face value this request has alarmed many in the conservation community. Digging deeper into this request, Dr. Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director of Michigan TU, has provided the following summary of this request.
Michigan TU staff is familiar with water withdrawal impacts on streams, the approach the state uses to assess a specific request and the history of the Nestle water withdrawal requests.
You may access the full Michigan TU analysis of this request at: www.michigantu.org/images/pdffiles/water_withdrawal/Nestle%20Withdrawal%20Info%2012-13-16.pdf