The weather is starting to get warmer, and that means its time to get ready for fishing on Upper Peninsula lakes and streams.

The Department of Natural Resources held a Conversations and Coffee meeting Wednesday evening to discuss U.P. fisheries management activities and concerns with the public.

While there is fishing year-round, a lot of fishing season openers start in the next two months, including trout season at the end of April.

Fish hatcheries are already stocked with fish ready to be released into lakes and streams.

“We put out millions of fish this time of year and people want to know where these fish are going to be put, where they can catch them, and the variety of fish,” Western Lake Superior Management Unit Fish Supervisor George Madison said.  “We have brown trout, brook trout, walleye, salmon, all different things so for people who like to fish, these are very informative meetings for them.”

The nice weather will definitely make anglers want to get out on the water, but this time of year it’s important to be cautious.

“Be safe, that’s our message this time of year,” Madison said.  “There’s a lot of pent up energy after a long winter.  People want to get out and want to fish.”

“We’re going to have deteriorating ice conditions here soon, and if we get some sunny days people will want to get out and fish, so the big thing is to be safe.

More Conversations and Coffee meetings are scheduled across the U.P. over the next week:

  • Thursday, April 10 from 6-8 p.m. (CST) at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood
  • Monday, April 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. (EST) at Sydney’s Restaurant in Munising
  • Wednesday, April 16 from 7-9 p.m. (EST) at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton

Information on the upcoming fishing season, new regulations, and other information can be found here.