FISHING ROD AND LINE INCREASE APPROVED|
FOR GREAT LAKES TROUT AND SALMON TROLLERS
LANSING--Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Director K.L. Cool today approved an increase in the number
of fishing rods anglers may use on certain Great Lakes and
connecting waters. The new regulations were announced at the August meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in
Beginning September 29, 2000, boat anglers trolling
for salmon and trout in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake
Superior and the St. Marys River will be allowed to use
three lines or three single rods and lines, which is an
increase from the present two rod and two line limit. No
more than six hooks total may be attached on all lines.
The increase in line limits will not apply to inland
lakes and streams or to pier or shore anglers fishing along
the Great Lakes.
The increase in rod limits will enable the average
boat angler trolling and harvesting trout and salmon in
these waters to enjoy the opportunity to use additional
fishing equipment without any change in the creel or size
limit of the species of fish.
"The ability to employ three rods per angler, rather
than two, should enhance the fishing experience for many
anglers without harming the resource," said Kelley Smith,
DNR Fisheries Chief. "From a management perspective, rod (or
line) limits are a relatively ineffective way to regulate
harvest. Minimum size limits and creel limits are much more
effective tools in the management of game fish populations."
A recent amendment to the Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection Act granted the DNR authority to
increase the number of fishing rods allowed per angler on
the Great Lakes and connecting waters.