DNR and CMU need your help snagging tagged bass

8-year old Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass.  Courtesy of the DNR.

8-year old Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass. Courtesy of the DNR.

The DNR has asked for help from Michigan anglers in recording tagged fish and their locations on Lake Michigan.

It’s part of a decade long study to examine changes in the Smallmouth Bass fishery.

Dave Clapp, with the DNR’s fishery division, said the state has partnered with CMU at the university’s Beaver Island Biological Facility.

He said their help has been invaluable throughout the years.

“We really get a lot of value adding projects by working with them. We have graduate students from CMU who work with our biologists and technicians. For example the past two years we’ve been working with a student who’s done an evaluation of Smallmouth Bass habitat throughout the Great Lakes. That kind of thing we wouldn’t be able to do, the really detailed additional studies, because we collaborate with CMU on this.”

Clapp said so far the study has helped determine that Lake Michigan is home to one of the strongest bass fisheries in the country.

“I really think the changing growth rate, and size of this fish is really a pretty remarkable thing. Ya know look at how much better fish are growing here than almost anywhere else in the country. The chance for people to have really big Smallmouth on a regular basis is pretty neat.”

The DNR is asking anglers to help by reporting any tagged bass they catch to their special website, here.