DNR Seeks Public Comment on Inland Trout Management Plan

     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.

Trout Unlimited Youth Fly Fishing Camp

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”.

New Arctic Grayling Initiative Could Bring Historical Species Back to Michigan’s Waters

New Arctic grayling initiative could bring historical species back to Michigan’s waters

Michigan DNR June 9 2016

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, has announced a proposed initiative that aims to bring back an extirpated species to the state – Arctic Grayling.

The proposed initiative, announced at today’s Natural Resources meeting in Gaylord, will seek to establish self-sustaining populations of Arctic grayling throughout its historical range. The initiative is aproposed objective in the DNR’s 2017 Inland Trout Management Plan, which currently is being drafted.

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Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Detected in East Branch Au Sable River

Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails detected in east branch Au Sable River

Michigan DNR June 9, 2016

The DEQ and DNR recently received reports from Grand Valley State University confirming populations of invasive New Zealand Mudsnails in the east branch of the Au Sable River near Grayling Michigan.

New Zealand Mudsnails are considered an invasive species and are listed as a Prohibited Species in Michigan. These snails are only about 1/8 of an inch long and can be difficult to see. However, they often cluster in high densities and compete with native snails and other macroinvertebrates for food and space. Originally from New Zealand, the snails are now widespread in many western states and present in Wisconsin. They are easily transported and resilient, and can survive in damp environments for up to 26 days. Where established, these snails can dominate the bottoms of rivers and streams and exhibit invasive qualities, outcompeting and displacing macroinvertebrates that are vital as food sources for many fish species. In addition, these invasive snails have no nutritional value for fish.

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