The DNR is seeking feedback on plans to loosen fishing restrictions

Water is one way Michiganders differentiate themselves from other states, and fishing goes right along with the territory. The DNR is now seeking feedback on plans to loosen bass fishing restrictions.

Patrick Hanchin is a senior fishery biologist with the DNR.

He said bass angler groups say looser restrictions could bring people and money to Michigan.

“The bass groups have used that point that you know “Hey you’re going to have people coming to Michigan because we have tremendous fisheries all year”. And you’re going to put tension to increase tournaments which at times can be an economic boon to an area. So they have used that point,” Hanchin said, “We don’t know how much of effect it could have but it certainly could have economic benefits.”

Hanchin said proposals could impact when bass can be harvested and the timing of tournament seasons as well as catch limits.

He said decisions will be made after public input, and information is analyzed and would take effect spring 2015.

Public meeting schedule:

Monday, July 14, 6-7:30 p.m. (CDT), Dickinson County Library,
401 Iron Mountain St., Iron Mountain
Tuesday, July 15, 6-8 p.m., Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center,
6093 M-115, Cadillac
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Oshtemo Branch Library,
7265 W. Main St., Kalamazoo
Tuesday, July 15, 6-8 p.m., Saginaw Bay Visitor Center (in Bay City State Recreation
Area), 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City
Tuesday, July 15, 6-7 p.m., Tahquamenon Area Public Library,
700 Newberry Ave., Newberry
Wednesday, July 16, 7-8:30 p.m., DNR Customer Service Center,
1801 Atwater St., Detroit
Wednesday, July 23, from 7-9 p.m., Ishpeming Town Hall,
1575 U.S. 41 West, Ishpeming.
Wednesday, July 23, 6-7:30 p.m., DNR Field Office,
1732 W. M-32, Gaylord
Thursday, July 24, 7-9 p.m., Portage Lake District Library,
58 Huron St., Houghton

For more information
Michigan Bass Fishing Opinion Survey