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Trout and walleye season opens Saturday

Trout and walleye season opens Saturday

Fishing activity ratchets up a notch Saturday, April 24, as trout season opens on Type 1 and Type 2 streams and Type A and Type D inland lakes statewide, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminded anglers today.

In addition, walleye, pike and muskellunge seasons open on inland waters of the Lower Peninsula. And anglers may begin catching and immediately releasing bass in all Lower Peninsula waters, too.

“Trout fishing on opening day is one of the most long-standing traditions in Michigan,” said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries. “This is a day when people gather with friends and family to celebrate our outdoor heritage.”

Anglers who venture to the Upper Peninsula are likely to find favorable conditions this spring.

“The winter run-off is over with, the ground is warm, the streams are clear, and we’re seeing early hatches of insects this year,” said DNRE fisheries biologist George Madison in Baraga.

“The situation in the northern Lower Peninsula “looks good,” said DNRE fisheries biologist Dave Borgeson in Gaylord. “Anglers are getting out and seeing a lot of insect activity. The snow is long gone and the streams are in fine shape.”

In southwest Michigan, DNRE Southern Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Gunderman of Plainwell said the stream conditions are very good.

“The water levels are low so it should be easy for fishermen to wade,” Gunderman said. “And they may find the trout concentrated in some of the deeper areas.”

As for walleye, DNRE Southern Lake Huron Fisheries Supervisor Jim Baker says the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers should be good, again, depending on the weather.

“The walleye spawn probably peaked about a week early this year, so fish have started filtering back out to Saginaw Bay,” Baker said. “We’ve already had a significant high-water event and if we get another rain, there could be a lot more fish leaving. But there will be fish in the river and the season opens as early as it can this year, so maybe that will balance things out.”

Anglers are reminded that they must have an all-species fishing license to possess trout or fish on designated trout waters. Creel and size regulations vary. Please check the 2010 Michigan Fishing Guide for the regulations that apply to particular lakes and streams.

For more information about fishing opportunities in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.

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