MARQUETTE—The DNR, Fisheries Division has announced public meetings to be held throughout Michigan to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.
The purpose of these meetings is to discuss local fisheries management and regulation proposals. Additionally, modifications to northern pike and muskellunge regulations were adopted for the 2013 fishing season and a presentation summarizing these changes will be given at each meeting.
Three regulations were adopted for northern pike in 2013: the statewide 24-inch minimum size limit, a five-fish bag limit with only one fish greater than 24-inches allowed in the daily limit and a 24-inch to 34-inch protected slot limit. For muskellunge, the possession limit has been modified to one fish per season for 2013. Depending on the geographical area, managers may discuss the modifying management for northern pike or muskellunge on specific local lakes based upon these newly adopted regulations types.
Meeting dates, times and locations in the U.P. include:
-Tuesday, April 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST) at Ishpeming Township Hall located at 1575 U.S. 41 in Ishpeming hosted, by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
-Wednesday, April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. (CST) at Gogebic Community College located at E. 4946 Jackson Rd. in Ironwood, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
-Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
-Monday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST) at Sydney’s Restaurant located at 400 Cedar St. in Munising, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.
-Tuesday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST) at Tahquamenon Area Public Library located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.
-Tuesday, April 9 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bay College Heirman Center located at 2001 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.
-Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST) at Bay College West located at 2801 N. U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.
Five additional meetings will be held downstate. For more information on these meetings, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.