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DNR is holding meetings on fishing regulation proposals
DNR is holding meetings on fishing regulation proposals

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit in Fisheries Division has announced meetings in the Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.

The meetings will be held on the following dates in the following locations:

  • Monday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Delta Township Library (5130 Davenport, Lansing)
  • Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Portage Library (300 Library Lane, Portage)
  • Monday, April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Plainfield Charter Township Office (6161 Belmont Ave, NE, Belmont)

Several local regulation proposals will be discussed at the meetings, including the following:

  • Removing Bluejay Creek (Berrien County) and Spring Creek (St. Joseph County) from the Designated Trout Streams list.
  • Removing Spring Creek (St. Joseph County) from the Type 4 Trout Streams List.
  • Removing Pike Lake and Lake 16 (Allegan County) from the Type C Trout Lakes list.
  • Implementing a new hook regulation on the South Branch Black River (Van Buren County) above Breedsville to prevent snagging.

Several statewide regulation proposals will also be discussed, including the following:

  • Brook trout daily possession limits for Upper Peninsula streams.
  • Northern pike size and possession limits.
  • Muskellunge size and possession limits.
  • Prohibiting the recreational take of the newly listed special concern species – queen snake and western lesser siren.

More specific information will be available at the public meetings and on the DNR’s website regarding the above statewide proposals. There will also be an opportunity to comment on these statewide proposals by email and through other public survey methods.

For more information on the Southwest Michigan Management Unit meetings, contact Jay Wesley at wesleyj@michigan.gov or (269) 685-6851, extension 117.

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.

Source:  Michigan Department of Natural Resources News Release

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