2017-03-16 / Outdoors

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.

Public comments may be sub­mitted to DNR-FISH-Management­Plans@ michigan.gov by April 14. Written public comments also will be accepted at Marquette Fisher­ies Research Station, attention Troy Zorn, 484 Cherry Creek Road, Mar­quette, MI 49855.

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