Michigan offers chance to talk with DNR fisheries staff

Outdoors report

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will discuss management activities at upcoming “Conversations & Coffee” events online.

A session for the Northern Lake Michigan unit is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

The Lake Superior session is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 29.

Links to participate are available at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/managing-resources/fisheries/conversations-and-coffee.

The events will cover local and statewide regulation changes and other topics related to fisheries and aquatic natural resources on inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. It’s also a chance to provide feedback and get specific questions answered.

Anglers, meanwhile, are reminded that as March’s warmer temperatures and spring showers move in, winter ice cover on lakes moves out. Lake ice that supported vehicles, fishing shelters and snowmobiles becomes more unreliable and dangerous as temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing.

If you’re planning a spring break trip to a warmer destination and intend to rent a personal watercraft, don’t forget to take a copy of your Michigan boater safety certificate.

According to the DNR, many states require this documentation before you can rent and/or operate a boat or personal watercraft. If you’ve misplaced your certificate, you can request a duplicate.

To obtain a certificate, you can take recreational safety education courses online at Michigan.gov/RecreationalSafety.

On Monday, March 20, the Wisconsin DNR will hold the second in a series of four public meetings of the Lake Michigan Lake Trout Commercial Harvest Stakeholder Group. The DNR will present information and gather public feedback on the Lake Michigan lake trout population.

The public can join in-person in Cleveland, Wis., or virtually by registering via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqc–przgoGNR2cbTRc4SfPOnKuigY9fdl.

More information can be found on the DNR’s Lake Michigan Fisheries webpage at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/LakeMichiganLakeTroutManagement. A recording of the first meeting is available there.

Uphill truck drag racing takes place today at Keyes Peak in Florence, Wis. Free shuttles will run from various sites in Florence.

For more information, go to https://www.exploreflorencecounty.com/events/.


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