Anglers fishing for lake trout in the waters of Grand Traverse Bay this year need to be aware of a new regulation now in effect. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission acted last week to reduce the daily possession limit of lake trout in these waters from two fish to one.
The lake trout season for the waters of the Management Unit MM-4 (covering the ports of Elk Rapids, Traverse City and Northport) runs Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. The previous daily possession limit was two fish with a 15-inch minimum size limit. Effective today, and for the rest of the 2019 season, the daily possession limit is one fish with a 15-inch minimum size limit.
Anglers fishing northern Lake Michigan are well known for targeting lake whitefish and lake trout - jigging off the bottom for them for eons.
But in the last decade a new fishery has emerged - and its one that's surprising a lot of people.
"The new thing in the area is cisco (formerly known as lake herring)," shared Heather Hettinger, a fisheries biologist based out of Traverse City. "Obviously these fish have been around forever but they used to not be very big in size. About 10 years ago anglers started catching much bigger fish - especially as the lake whitefish population numbers started to tick down."
During that time anglers started targeting cisco versus lake whitefish, with available locations to fish for them expanding as well.
The DNR will stock additional rainbow trout into nine northern Indiana streams before Memorial Day weekend.
Exceptional survival of rainbow trout at Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station allowed additional locations to be stocked and for some locations to get more fish than previously allocated.
Those streams are: Pigeon River in Steuben and LaGrange counties; Turkey Creek in LaGrange County; Little Elkhart River in Elkhart and LaGrange counties; Cobus Creek, Rowe-Eden Ditch and Solomon Creek in Elkhart County; Little Kankakee River and Slocum Ditch in LaPorte County; and Potato Creek in St. Joseph County.