There is reason to believe that Michigan bass season may take on a new look next year.
Michigan is one of only four states with a closed bass season during the spawn. As it stands now, the season closes from Jan. 1 through the last Saturday in April after which a catch-and-release only season is offered until Memorial Day weekend. Michigan anglers arent permitted to keep bass until the holiday weekend each year.
Another 1,100 steelhead moved through the South Bend dam last week, pushing Aprils totals to more than 8,000 fish and assuring the spring run is the second largest in history.
In addition, hatchery managers say this is the latest theyve ever recorded steelhead migrating into South Bend. The total steelhead run, including those few fish that ran into the river last summer, is 16,124 through April 30.
And its not over. Biologists expect a few more fish to move up over the next few days before the run ends.
This is one of those rare years when you can catch river steelhead into May, said Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert.
Michigans catch-and-release bass season opens Saturday along with walleye, pike, muskie and inland trout seasons.
Indianas bass season never closes.
Michigans regular season opens the May 24.
During the catch-and-release period, anglers may fish for bass, but its illegal to string em up or put them in a livewell.
There could be a change coming next year. A bill in the Michigan Legislature would open the bass season year-round. The bill has passed the Senate and now sits in the House Natural Resources Committee.
The Eagle Lake Improvement Association continues attempts to stall a public access development on Eagle and Juno lakes.
According to local newspaper reports, the association, Eagle Lake Dock LLC, Michael Mrocezk and Glenn Neely have filed a lawsuit against Ontwa Township, the Ontwa Zoning Board of Appeals and the Michigan DNR with hopes of overturning the ZBAs Feb. 25 decision that approved the DNRs zoning application. The lawsuit charges that the DNR access doesnt constitute a park.
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