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March 5, 2013

Public meetings to be held in March and April to discuss fishing regulations

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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The Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division has announced public meetings to be held throughout Michigan to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss local fisheries management and regulation proposals. Additionally, modifications to northern pike and muskellunge regulations were adopted for the 2013 fishing season and a presentation summarizing these changes will be given at each meeting.

Three regulations were adopted for northern pike in 2013: the statewide 24-inch minimum size limit, a five-fish bag limit with only one fish greater than 24-inches allowed in the daily limit and a 24-inch to 34-inch protected slot limit. For muskellunge, the possession limit has been modified to one fish per season for 2013. Depending on the geographical area, managers may discuss the modifying management for northern pike or muskellunge on specific local lakes based upon these newly adopted regulations types.

The meeting schedule includes a session on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Portage Library located at 300 Library Lane in Portage, hosted by the Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit.

For more information on these meetings, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

Individuals attending these meetings are requested to refrain from using heavily-scented personal care products, in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for this meeting should contact the local meeting coordinator a minimum of five (5) business days before it occurs. Requests made less than five (5) business days before this meeting will not be accommodated.

Source:  News release from Michigan Department of Natural Resources


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