Select rivers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be part of an angler survey effort during the 2015 inland trout season, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The survey will look at an experimental regulation that allows anglers an additional five brook trout in specific research areas. Public response and potential biological effects of the regulation will be evaluated by the survey, and 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:
- 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
- an online survey
Anglers are asked to fill out one card or online survey per person, per trip. Learn more about this experimental regulation online.