The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that select rivers across the Upper Peninsula again will be part of an angler survey effort during the 2015 inland trout season. The survey is designed to help evaluate public response and potential biological effects of an experimental regulation that allows an additional five brook trout to be harvested in specified research areas. Survey information will be used to improve future brook trout management in the U.P.
The experimental regulation originally went into effect April 1, 2013. Currently it applies to segments of Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties), East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), Presque Isle River and tributaries (Gogebic County) and Lower Rock River and tributaries (Alger County). The regulation’s upstream/downstream boundaries on these rivers are described on pages 52 through 66 of the 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide and are depicted as online maps on the DNR’s website.
Angler input is being sought through two methods: 1) from self-addressed, postage paid survey cards that will be distributed by DNR staff at the rivers listed above and also at other rivers chosen as experimental controls, or 2) from an online survey. Anglers are asked to fill out one card or online survey per person, per trip.
The Ansels have their own favorite brook trout stream that they fish while on their fall bear hunts. I won’t reveal the where-a-bouts of our “secret” brookie paradise, but suffice it to say we get plenty of tasty meals from our little know stream and adjacent beaver ponds. We have certainly not seen a decline of brook trout, but the brown trout seem to be less in number. Brookie fishing is a great way to pass the afternoon hours while in bear camp, or spend the day after “blackie” is hanging from the game pole.