Public meeting May 23 on Pilgrim River brook trout regulations

Contact: George Madison, 906-353-6651
Agency: Natural Resources

May 9, 2019

Opportunity to discuss options for protecting coaster brook trout

side view of a trout laying on a measuring tape over water and rocks

Ongoing research by Michigan Technological University has shown that recent 2015 brook trout regulations on Houghton County’s Pilgrim River may be contributing to the establishment of quality-sized brook trout in the Pilgrim River watershed.

The Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting Thursday, May 23, at the Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Research Center, in order to review opportunities to expand those brook trout regulations to the headwaters of the Pilgrim River. Michigan Tech doctoral student Christopher Adams will present on the current status of his study of the fisheries of the Pilgrim River watershed, as well as the migratory behavior of these fish.

The meeting will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the center, which is located at 1400 Townsend Drive, in Houghton.

According to Adams’ study, the brook trout have ventured into the headwater reaches of the Pilgrim River. To ensure that these larger fish, which draw both new and seasoned anglers, reach a quality size, the DNR will evaluate additional regulations to protect them within the extended portion of the Pilgrim River.

The original Pilgrim River brook trout regulations were approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in 2015.

DNR senior fisheries biologist George Madison will lead the discussion on the potential regulation change to promote the enhancement of this fishery.

“If you’re interested in knowing more about what’s happening with brook trout in the Pilgrim River watershed, this meeting is for you,” Madison said. “The DNR has a long history of partnering with Michigan Tech on fisheries research and management, and the university partnership is a great asset for making sound, science-based decisions about Michigan’s natural resources.”

Learn more about fishing rules, regulations and research at Michigan.gov/Fishing.