By Howard Meyerson
GRAND RAPIDS, MI. — Anglers will be able to keep 10 brook trout per day on eight Upper Peninsula streams when the 2015 fishing season opens. DNR Director Keith Creagh earlier this month approved experimental regulations for three new U.P. streams where the usual five-brook-trout daily limit will be doubled.
The new additions come two years after similar regulations were approved for five other U.P. streams. The experimental 10-fish bag limit will stay in place until 2017 while state fisheries managers study the impact on native brook trout populations, and angling activity across the U.P.
“This was part of the original agreement (in 2012) with the Natural Resources Commission when the first five were designated,” said Phil Schneeberger, Michigan DNR’s Lake Superior Basin Coordinator.
The newly minted experimental brook trout streams are Bryan Creek in Marquette and Dickinson counties, Lower Rock River in Alger County, and Presque Isle River in Gogebic County. The other five include portions of the Dead River in Marquette County, Driggs River in Schoolcraft County, East Branch Ontonagon River in Houghton and Iron counties, East Branch Tahquamenon River in Chippewa County, and East Branch Huron River in Baraga and Marquette counties. Continue reading