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New Online Tool Helps Anglers Plan Michigan Trout Trips

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A new online tool provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources showcases quality trout streams and lakes accessible to anglers.

The tool, called Trout Trails, is a map that shows verified trout waters that are lesser known but are considered outstanding fishing sites.

“We hope anglers find the new Trout Trails map to be a valuable tool when planning future fishing trips,” said Suzanne Stone, education and outreach specialist with the DNR’s Fisheries Division in the official release. “The map format makes it easy to find the information you need to feel confident about visiting a new fishing location and helps to create an even better experience.”

The first phase of Trout Trails features 129 sites spread out over three areas of Michigan: western Upper Peninsula, north central Lower Peninsula and southwestern Lower Peninsula. Eventually the tool will provide sites statewide for anglers to pursue.

Each of the available areas include information such as trout species available, regulations, presence of stocked or naturally reproducing fish, driving directions (with a link to Google maps), area lodging, restaurants, guide services and noteworthy information (such as presence of fast water, canoe/kayak/tube accessibility, best times to fish, etc.). The information is available in a printable format.

Visit to access the Web-based Trout Trails application.

The Michigan DNR notes that Trout Trails is not a downloadable app, but it is compatible with all types of electronic devices.

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New Online Tool Helps Anglers Plan Michigan Trout Trips