If you don’t have a fishing buddy for the holiday weekend, the Department of Natural Resources says it’s got you covered. The state has released a new web tool to help anglers find just the right river or lake to fish for trout.
Trout Trails is a web-based map that gives information on waters that fisheries biologists say are good for trout. Some of the sites, the DNR says, are lesser- known, but outstanding trout fishing destinations.
Suzanne Stone is with the DNR Fisheries Division.
She said the web site is intended to make anglers feel like they’re going fishing with an old fishing buddy. A buddy who has a lot of information about the area, “Like how fast the water was, was it a stream or river, what was the best time to fish in any certain lake or the season, and then provide directions to the site, both written as well as a link that would take them to Google Maps”.
Stone said Trout Trails provides information on 129 trout destinations.
ON THE WEB:
Trout Trails http://www.michigan.gov/trouttrails
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