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Fishing regulation change

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission on Thursday approved a fishing regulation change to end the experimental 10-fish daily possession limit.

An experimental regulation that allowed for 33 streams in the Upper Peninsula to have a 10-fish daily possession limit for brook trout is no longer in effect. During its regular meeting on Thursday in Lansing, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted to return the five-fish daily limit to those streams, effective immediately.

The regulation expired Oct. 1 and the commission then voted in November to extend it.

Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists had recommended against re-instituting the 10-brook trout daily possession limit on the select streams because of concerns based on biological and social science.

The newly approved regulation means all U.P. Type 1 streams, which are designated trout streams, are back to having a five-fish daily possession limit for brook trout. The streams with previously higher daily possession limit represented about 8% of the total mileage for Type 1 streams in the U.P.The 2020 season on Type 1 trout streams will open April 25.

For more information on Michigan’s fishing regulations, check out the 2019 Michigan Fishing Guide at Michigan.gov/DNRDigests.

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