2018-02-01 / News

DNR Collecting Information at Les Cheneaux

Anglers fishing this winter could assist biologists by providing information to census takers. Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff will be out interviewing at popular fishing sites, including the Les Cheneaux Islands.

In brief interviews, Fisheries Division creel clerks will ask anglers about how long they fished, what species they targeted, what they caught, and where they live. In a few instances, the clerks will ask to measure or weigh fish and take scale samples to gather key biological information about catches.

These efforts are part of the Statewide Angler Survey Program, a long-term monitoring program designed to track recreational fisheries across Michigan waters of the Great Lakes and selected inland waters. These data are vital to fisheries management across the state and are used to guide actions that include developing appropriate regulations, addressing habitat improvements, and identifying fish stocking needs.

This winter, in addition to the Les Cheneaux Islands, creel clerks will interview anglers fishing Saginaw Bay, Munising, Au Train, Marquette, Keweenaw Bay, Mullett Lake, Wampler’s Lake, and Little Bay de Noc.

Starting April 1 and continuing into the fall, creel clerks will talk with anglers at a number of Great Lakes boating access sites, fishing piers, and shorelines as part of the effort to obtain estimates on the spring, summer, and fall fisheries.

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