Anglers fishing Lake Superior can help the Michigan DNR evaluate the splake fishery by reporting marked splake.
Splake, which are a hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout, have been stocked in Lake Superior most years since 1971, with annual stocking since 1990.
Since 2021, marked splake have been stocked in Lake Superior. At the Marquette State Fish Hatchery, staff from the DNR’s Lake Superior and Northern Lake Michigan management units, as well as field staff from across the state, put in long hours carefully marking the splake by hand. These fish then get stocked at three Lake Superior ports: Copper Harbor, Keweenaw Bay and Munising. Splake stocked at each port get a unique mark specific to each location for further analysis. The goal is to create nearshore fishing opportunities in the smaller bays of Lake Superior, where some fisheries are available year-round.
Michigan DNR Report
The flies are tied and rods and waders are ready as the April 29 statewide trout opener approaches.
Before heading out to that favorite fishing spot this season, the departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy are asking anglers to prepare for one more thing: decontamination.
Michigan’s trout streams are under increasing threat from harmful species that affect habitat and food sources for trout and other fish. Both didymo (rock snot) and New Zealand mudsnail can be moved to new locations on waders, nets and gear.
Didymo is a microscopic diatom (single-celled alga) that thrives in cold, low-nutrient streams generally considered pristine. Under the right conditions, prolific growth, or blooms, result in thick mats that can cover river and stream bottoms, reducing habitat for macroinvertebrates including mayfly and caddisfly nymphs, which are important food for fish.
The Indiana DNR is stocking nearly 50,000 trout across the state this spring in preparation for trout fishing season. Thirty-three bodies of water across 21 counties will be stocked before opening day of trout season, which is Saturday, April 29.
Lake stockings of rainbow trout started the week of March 20. Anglers do not have to wait for opening day of stream trout fishing season to fish for these aggressive biters because trout fishing on lakes is open all year.
By Louie Stout
The Indiana DNR is seeking angler feedback as they put together a chinook salmon management plan.
Surveys are being emailed to everyone who bought a license online last year and all anglers are urged to participate.
“We’re looking for public input about our chinook salmon stocking,” says DNR Lake Michigan Biologist Ben Dickinson. “The survey will cover angling habits and ask questions about the various management options the DNR is offering.”
Anglers who didn’t buy their license online or didn’t receive an invitation through email may take the survey by using a generic link: bit.ly/chinooksalmonstockingsurvey.
By JOHN BAUMAN, Michigan DNR
The Michigan DNR manages many inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
These trout lakes - less than 100 acres each - are often considered small compared with other inland lakes.
Depending on the lake, various regulations are in effect for anglers hoping to catch trout. In some of these lakes, anglers are restricted to the use of only artificial lures or all tackle is permitted, except minnows. On other lakes, all tackle is allowed.
Again, depending on the lake - designated by letters A through D in the Michigan Fishing Guide - there are minimum size limits for trout, ranging between 8 and 15 inches. There are also seasonal restrictions on some lakes, while others are open year- round.
These regulation variations provide anglers with diverse fishing opportunities.
"Many of these small inland lakes are also remote and provide an exceptional wilderness experience," said Darren Kramer, a DNR fisheries biologist in Escanaba. "For example, a series of remote wilderness lakes located in Alger County have been managed for brook trout since the 1950s."