Re: NANFA-L-- How Does Everyone Feel About.....

Bob Muller (
Sun, 27 Mar 2005 20:17:20 -0500

Here in Michigan Steelhead (lake running Rainbow trout) and coho and chinock
salmon are a multi million dollar business. All the river in northern
Michigan are trout steams with both steelhead runs and year round trout
populations. I have given native fish talks to both a steelheaders chapter
and trout unlimited chapter several of each are in the Detroit area. They
become very interested in what they thought was only bait and ask more
questions then nature groups. We do have bass but trout and salmon are
king. I am really in the minority fishing for native brook trout. Far more
rainbows and browns. Michigan fishing licenses even come in two ways
regular and all species meaning you can catch trout. Double the cost for
all species. Now I have to say, I have no idea why anyone would eat a bass
if they could get trout or walleye. Walleye are a big thing for night
fishing here. These are the guys that buy the fishing licenses and
therefore found the DNR so what they want is listened to, but they spend a
lot of time fighting river and lake pollution and working on stream
habitat. This may be the most messed up freshwater ecosystem on earth. I
am doing my bit for native fishes, I am catch and release for brooks and
plan to eat all the rainbows and browns I can catch. This is a sacrifice,
if you have ever tasted a brook trout out of and ice cold stream you would
use those rainbow and brown trout trash fish to feed your cat.

Bob Muller
Red Run (the ghost river or Royal Oak)
A tributary of the Clinton River
Great lakes watershed
North America

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