Anglers to encounter Creel clerks during fishing season

Anglers to encounter Creel clerks during fishing season

HARVEY — Ice fishing enthusiasts across the Upper Peninsula may encounter a member of the Department of Natural Resources during their efforts this winter to snag a few fish.

That’s because the DNR is looking to collect information about how the fishing season is going. DNR officials say collecting certain kinds of data, from measuring and weighing fish to finding out how long you’ve been fishing in a particular area, is very useful in determining future fishing regulations.

“It’s a very valuable management tool because it helps us gain information that can later be used for say regulations on particular bodies of water,” said DNR Public Information Officer John Pepin. “Sometimes they will also ask if they can take a fin sample or a scale sample from the fish. It helps us age fish and other things like that.”

Creel clerks plan on interviewing anglers fishing in Munising, Au Train, Marquette, Keewenaw Bay and Lake Gogebic among other places. For a link to past creel results, click HERE.