Reel in Michigan's Fisheries, April 2016 edition

This quarterly publication is an outreach item to Michigan anglers to describe what the DNR's Fisheries Division does and why we do it. Specifically it strives to highlight the work Fisheries Division employees are accomplishing on inland lakes and streams. Reel in Michigan's Fisheries will often showcase waters that are actively managed and provide the public with enhanced knowledge and the opportunity to access the wealth of information contained in survey reviews and management reports.

Check out brief descriptions about each story below. To read more, simply click on the corresponding link.

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund celebrates 40th anniversary
The fund, bankrolled by royalties paid on the sale and lease of state-owned oil, gas and mineral rights, has quietly generated more than a billion dollars to buy land or land rights, and to develop quality outdoor recreational facilities and opportunities in Michigan.

Read the whole MNRTF story here!

50 years of salmon stocking
In April of 1966 no one expected that an out-of-the-box fisheries management idea would accelerate Michigan's fishing reputation and effectively change the face of the state's sportfishing industry.

Read the whole 50th anniversary story here!

DNR updates online system for registering bass tournaments
The department has updated the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System (MFTIS) - a useful tool for individuals and organizations coordinating bass tournaments in the state. Since Jan. 1, 2016, bass tournaments are required to be registered and results reported via the MFTIS.

Read the whole MFTIS story here!

Largest inland lake in Southeast Michigan offers plenty of angling opportunities
Devils Lake in Lenawee County offers a diverse, good-quality fishery to those who care to pay it a visit. And if you're into targeting panfish - you might want to pay that visit soon.

Read the whole Devils Lakes story here!

Silver Lake Basin access acquisition
A year ago, during the May 2015 Natural Resources Commission meeting, the DNR director approved going forward with a 14.3-acre land acquisition that would secure public access to Marquette County's Silver Lake Basin. The goal was to ensure public access to this waterbody for current and future generations. Other lakeshore parcels around this lake were either private lands or corporate forest holdings and there was no guaranteed public access.

Read the whole Silver Lake Basin story here!

Great diversity can be found at Green Lake
Off M-137 in Grand Traverse County you'll find the 2,000 acre Green Lake - a diverse fishery with plenty of angling opportunities. Mark Tonello, a DNR fisheries biologist out of Cadillac who oversees this waterbody, says lots of different species can be found there, including bluegill, rock bass, sunfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike. Most anglers fishing Green Lake in the summer target these species, and they do very well.

Read the whole Green Lake story here!