Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
- Published on Friday, 20 March 2015 12:09
Hook n' Look's Perspective on Michigan's Proposed Bass Regulations 215.15
Although we haven’t received official word from the DNR, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission rejected a proposal night that would haven opened the bass season to year-round catch and release and permit pre-registered tournaments after April 30 and prior to the traditional bass opener.
For details of the original proposal, click here.
The DNR’s proposal triggered a controversial debate over allowing tournaments to be held five weeks earlier than what they are now. Liberalizing the tournament season has been strongly supported by the Michigan B.A.S.S. Federation Nation while adamantly opposed by others.
The commissioners announced at Thursday night’s public meeting that it had agreed to reject the Fisheries’ Division proposal before opening the floor to public debate. Nonetheless, the public was permitted to voice its opinions, of which there were many.
Michigan angler Kim Stricker, producer of Hook ‘n Look television show, may have had an influential hand in the commissioners’ decision. Prior to the meeting, he provided each of the commissioners a video of his perspective on the impacts of early bass fishing on Lake St. Clair which has been a centerpiece of the debate. (See video above)
- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:30
By Louie Stout
If a new proposal gets through Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meetings over the next month, anglers could be fishing legally for bass as early as April 10 this year.
The DNR announced it has revamped original proposals that it presented at public hearings over the past year and will present a hybrid version at this month’s NRC meeting.
The new plan will be heard at the March 19th meeting in Lansing.
- Published on Friday, 27 February 2015 16:42
(Provided by Michigan DNR)
The Michigan DNR filed an appeal of a December 2014 federal district court ruling that returned wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin to the federal endangered species list and wolves in Minnesota to federal threatened species status.
The appeal - filed by the Michigan Attorney General in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia - asks the court to uphold the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s December 2011 decision that removed the Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of wolves from the federal endangered species list.
The federal district court’s December 2014 decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States, in which the State of Michigan participated as a defendant-intervener arguing against returning the Great Lakes DPS of wolves to the endangered species list.