sport fishing

A man with a long dark ponytail stands in a river holding a 3-pronged spear.
Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

For April in the western Upper Peninsula, it’s a pretty warm day. The Little Carp River, surging with snowmelt, winds through a forest of hemlock trees.

Robert Rajacic is scrambling up and down riverbanks, expertly carrying a spear in his right hand. He’s hoping to use it on some rainbow trout.

Daily lake trout limits on Grand Traverse Bay are going down from one to two this year.
Gretchen Boyd

The daily lake trout limit for anglers on Grand Traverse Bay is reduced from two fish to one - effective immediately.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission announced the change Friday.

 

They say it was necessary because last year’s recreational harvest limit for lake trout in Grand Traverse Bay was exceeded by nearly 16,000 pounds.

 

“We would encourage anglers to keep the first lake trout they catch and then shift to targeting other species,” says Heather Hettinger, a local DNR fisheries biologist.

MDNR

People will not be able to catch as many lake trout in Grand Traverse Bay this year. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says recreational fishers harvested an extra 15,800 pounds from the bay in 2018. As a result, the harvest limit has to be reduced by around 30,000 pounds this fishing season.

Harvest limits are determined by treaty tribes, the federal government and the state. 

Weekly fishing report - 11/29/18

Nov 29, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.

Weekly fishing report - 11/15/18

Nov 15, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.


Weekly fishing report -11/08/18

Nov 8, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.


Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.


Weekly fishing report - 10/18/18

Oct 18, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.


Weekly fishing report - 10/11/18

Oct 11, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.


Weekly fishing report - 09/21/18

Sep 21, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, updates us on this week's fishing report for northwestern Michigan.

Weekly fishing report - 09/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, gives us this week's fishing report for northern Michigan lakes and streams.

 

Weekly fishing report - 09/07/18

Sep 7, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, brings you this week's fishing report for northern Michigan lakes and streams.


Peter Payette

State biologists want to stock Lake Michigan with more Chinook salmon. A new proposal from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would increase stocking by 67 percent over the next two years.

Last year, the DNR cut the stocking numbers. But Jay Wesley, the DNR's Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator,  says that plan got pushback from the public.

A fight is brewing over Great Lakes fish

May 4, 2017

The rules for commercial fishing in Michigan are being rewritten in Lansing. The law is old and needs to be updated. There are only 21 non-tribal businesses licensed by the state to catch fish for market. Tribes fish under their own rules.