Anglers allowed more trout under new limits set by DNR

Upper Peninsula Brookies

Upper Peninsula Brookies

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Trout season is quickly approaching and the daily bag limit for brook trout has been expanded for nearly 40 Upper Peninsula trout streams.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the new regulation, which was approved last fall, added a suite of 36 streams, or portions of streams, where 10 trout is the daily possession limit.

For the streams not on the list, the daily limit remains at five

The DNR said there were eight U.P. research area streams where a 10-trout bag limit was allowed during the 2016-2017 fishing season.

According to the DNR, five of those streams were removed from the final listing proposal and no longer have a 10-brook-trout bag limit.

These five streams include:

  • portions of Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties)

  • East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties)

  • East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County)

  • Presque Isle River and tributaries (Gogebic County)

  • Rock River and tributaries (Alger County)

14 of the U.P.'s 15 counties have at least one stream included on the 10 Brook Trout Possession Limit Water list.

“The intent of the regulation change is to diversify fishing opportunities across the whole U.P. landscape, while simultaneously being protective of brook trout populations,” said Jim Dexter, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division Chief.

Over the past six years, at the request of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, and with input from members of the Coldwater Regulations Steering Committee, DNR Fisheries Division staff investigated social and biological aspects of increasing anglers’ brook trout possession limit from five to 10 on a subset of U.P. trout streams.

“Staff worked to select specific stream segments or sub-watersheds to be considered for the 10-brook trout possession limit, based on criteria proposed by the DNR Fisheries Division and accepted by the Natural Resources Commission,” Dexter said. “Staff also looked broadly across all fisheries unit boundaries.”

The opening day of inland trout season on Type 1 streams, which include the increased bag limit, is Saturday, April 28.

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