DNR surveying 3 eastern U.P. bodies of water

NEWBERRY – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials will conduct angler surveys beginning Wednesday to evaluate fishing efforts and angler attitudes and values on three water bodies in Luce and Chippewa counties.

The surveys will involve the Blind Sucker Flooding and Bodi Lake in Luce County and the Tahquamenon River in Luce and Chippewa counties.

DNR officials will place survey cards at each location and anglers are asked to fill out one card per trip. The survey cards are self-addressed and can be mailed free of charge. Another option is online surveys, available for all three locations.

The surveys are being conducted by the DNR Fisheries Division’s Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit and will be run through Oct. 31.

The Blind Sucker Flooding and Bodi Lake surveys are focused on northern pike fisheries with questions pertaining to type of bait used, number of days anglers fish for northern pike at each location and how anglers rank the northern pike fishery.

New regulations this year on those two bodies of water include northern pike having a new 24-inch to 34-inch protected-slot-limit with a daily possession of two northern pike on six waters in the state, including Blind Sucker Flooding and Bodi Lake.

The Tahquamenon River survey is focused on various fisheries and includes questions about types of bait used; number of days anglers fish for brown trout, walleye, muskellunge and smallmouth bass on the Tahquamenon River; and angler preference for either catch-and-release or catch-and-keep fishing. Participation in the surveys assist the DNR with fisheries management.

The web addresses for each of the online surveys are:

For more information on fishing related subjects, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.