MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Division has proposed a new trout stream category, which would allow anglers to keep 10 fish each day on all or portions of designated Upper Peninsula streams.
The DNR said the effort is in response to requests from anglers to increase the daily possession limit on brook trout across the Upper Peninsula. If approved by DNR Director Ken Creagh in November, the regulation would take effect April 1.
Streams with waters included in the proposal are: Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties), Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County), Ford River (Dickinson and Iron counties), North Branch Otter River (Houghton County), Rock River (Alger County), Upper Tahquamenon River (Luce County) and West Branch Huron River (Baraga County).
This is what a brook trout limit catch from earlier this year looked like. The DNR Fisheries Division has proposed a new category of trout stream for the Upper Peninsula, which would allow anglers to keep 10 fish each day on all or portions of certain streams. (John Pepin photo)
Currently, there are four categories of trout streams; this proposed additional category is referred to as a Type 5 trout stream. On Type 5 stream segments, the daily possession limit for brook trout would be 10 fish and the minimum size limit would be 7 inches.
All or portions of 10 Upper Peninsula rivers and tributary streams are being proposed for the Type 5 category and have been selected from existing Type 1 streams (which have a daily possession limit of five fish and 7-inch minimum size limit).
Proposed Type 5 streams would constitute 6 percent of the current Type 1 stream mileage.
During the next several years, Fisheries Division will work with a variety of partners to assess the biological effects of the possession limit increase on the brook trout populations in Type 5 streams.
Maps and written descriptions of the upstream (where applicable) and downstream boundaries for the proposed Type 5 regulation are available at www.michigan.gov/fishing.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.