If you weren't at last night's meeting of the Lake St. Clair Walleye Association, you missed a good one. Bob Haas and Jim Francis from the DNR were there to present the proposed fishing regulations on Lake Erie walleye for 2004. The DNR is proposing a 15" minimum size limit (up from 13"), a 5 fish daily bag limit (down from 6 per day), and a closed season for the months of April and May. They are also looking to change the minimum size limit on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers to 15" (the minimum on these waters is 13" now). This would bring the Michigan waters of the St. Clair/Erie system in line with the rest of the state as far as minimum size goes. These regulation changes will be brought before the Natural Resources Commission at the August meeting and will be finalized by the September meeting. Any approved changes are scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2004.
The public is welcome to comment on these and any other topics before the commission. You can contact the commissioners through this web address. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-1...26986--,00.html