Lake St. Clair

"Muskie Fishing Days"

Date

Location

Jurisdiction

Starting Time

Ending Time

July 2nd

Mt. Clemens Fisheries Research Station

US

10am

4pm

August 6th

Mt. Clemens Fisheries Research Station

US

10am

4pm

September 3rd

Mt. Clemens Fisheries Research Station

US

10am

4pm

October 1st

Mt. Clemens Fisheries Research Station

US

10am

4pm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resouces (DNR) will coordinate sampling of live muskie with volunteer anglers on four dates during 2003. The purpose of the sampling will be to further investigate infection of Lake St. Clair muskellunge with Piscirickettsia bacteria.

Logistical details:

Volunteer anglers must register with the MDNR prior to the fishing day. Registered volunteers will be provided with a permit to allow retention of sublegal muskellunge and exceedence of the daily limit. The Michigan DNR will set up a holding tank at the Mt. Clemens Fisheries Research Station at starting times listed in the table above. Volunteer anglers will deliver live muskies (and any attached lamprey) to the site between the starting and ending times as listed above. Fish will be held on site until lab personnel from MSU arrive and obtain tissue samples.

Other biological information to be collected:

In addition to samples collected for bacterial analysis, the following biological data will be collected from all muskies sacrificed.

Anglers interested in registering for a Muskie fishing day should contact:
Mike Thomas
Fisheries Research Biologist
33135 South River Road
Harrison Township, MI 48045
Tel: (586) 465-4771
Email: thomasmv@michigan.gov