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Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:00:51 PM »

Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan

At the March 20, 2014 Michigan Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee hearing on Senate Bill 869 (SB 869), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Legislative Liaison Trevor VanDyke stated the MDNR fully supports eliminating the existing bass season limits from state law because recent science has proven that some of their concerns they have had in the past are no longer as large of a concern. Giving flexibility to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to set an earlier season will be good for everyone in Michigan.

Here is the entire MDNR statement from the televised and recorded hearing (MDNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter was also present as Trevor VanDyke gave the MDNR statement):

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“We fully support the legislation that is in front of you today. SB 869 seeks to eliminate the requirement set in statute of what the bass season should be. Recent science has proven that some of these concerns that have had in the past are no longer as large of a concern as what has historically been there, and by eliminating this this allows the flexibility for the Natural Resources Commission to set a season earlier and this we think will be good for everyone in the state to get out there and do a little bass fishing. Also you can see some economic benefits that we’ve seen with some of the bass tournaments. One that was actually I believe in the Chairs district over the summer in the Muskegon area and it is a great economic boost for some of these local areas when you have such a great tourism, a great recreational sport. They can come in there and use our resources. We fully support this.”

After the MDNR’s Trevor VanDyke finished their statement, Chairman Senator Hansen asked MDNR Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter if he had anything to add to the MDNR statement. Jim said, “Thank you Senator. No. I think everything has been said. We’re all about providing more opportunity for anglers and this would be a great chance to do just that. Pretty simple move for us. Right now, we have about 5 months or so of the year that anglers can’t get out there and take advantage of getting on the water to fish for bass and this would provide that opportunity to the Natural Resources Commission to do that.

Senator Hansen asked Chief Dexter, “Now it’s my understanding that there are only 4 states out of the 49 that have bass that actually have a closed season?”

Chief Dexter replied, “Yeah, I believe – I think that’s right. Four states that have some type of closure. We are one of them.”

Read the complete update with further resources such as bill tracking and the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation statement on GreatLakesBass.com Conservation and Legislation News.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 11:03:31 PM »

Now, we need the House Natural Resources Committee Chair Representative Andrea LaFontaine to put SB 869 on a committee hearing schedule, get it passed without amendment favorably recommended for immediate effect, and then get SB 869 passed in the House. No schedule on the committee hearing yet.

SB 869 will strip the regular bass season limits from state law opening the door for the Natural Resources Commission to approve a longer bass season for Michigan in 2015.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 11:27:46 PM »

this would be implimented , if it passes for the 2015 year?
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 12:01:30 AM »

That is the goal. We miss 2015, we might have to wait 2 more years. We don't want to do that.

We have not received the MDNR response back on their ideas or alternatives or whatever they might suggest. I'm hoping we don't lost out on a year-round season for the couple poor reasons that seem to be left. Things are leaning our way more each day.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 12:53:26 AM »

well this is a much  better response than the one ya got  before . That one was total junk
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 05:13:23 AM »

Thanks Dan for all of the time you've put in on this for everyone to enjoy the benefits of. I'm glad it's all coming together.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 07:18:38 AM »

Well done Dan, it's nice to see all your hard work is starting to pay off, we can't thank you enough!!
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 08:24:54 AM »

This is awesome news. Lets keep pushing on this! Way to go Dan!
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »

Dan,

I for one want to personally thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance on this issue.

I think every hotel owner, bass guide, bait shop owner, gas station owner, etc, in this state owes you!

Not to mention all of us folks that reap the recreational benefits from additional fishing opportunities.

Thanks again my friend,

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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 10:29:10 AM »

^^^ what Mini Said ^^^ This is great news  8)
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2014, 10:56:43 AM »

Awesome! Excellent! Great! Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel?
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2014, 02:05:53 PM »

Nice work Dan. I am impressed!
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2014, 02:47:35 PM »

Amen to that!

Dan,

I for one want to personally thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance on this issue.

I think every hotel owner, bass guide, bait shop owner, gas station owner, etc, in this state owes you!

Not to mention all of us folks that reap the recreational benefits from additional fishing opportunities.

Thanks again my friend,

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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2014, 06:21:10 PM »

Awesome! Excellent! Great! Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel?

I sure hope so... I want to go fishing! ;D
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2014, 06:37:37 PM »

Lots of people, individuals, the bass federations, MUCC, groups, government types, upper MDNR staff, etc. etc. have been and are involved.

You know what would be real nice? In a few years if we're all saying remember when we used to not be able to bass fish all year... forgot about that... get the net!
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2014, 06:39:19 PM »

Another good piece of news recently - the Executive Director of the Steelheaders - Dennis Eade told me he can now actively support our bass season proposal too. Biggest membership fishing group in Michigan! We've already worked with them well on public access issues.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2014, 09:51:43 AM »

Awesome work Dan!  Do we now have to give you a cut of all tournament earnings won outside of what the standard fishing season was?   ;D

Great work though.  We all owe you one.
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Re: Michigan DNR Says Earlier Bass Season Good For Michigan
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2014, 12:46:37 PM »

My 'agent' didn't think of that?!? He's fired!! ;D

Of course, I'd have to split it with a whole bunch of other people and groups anyways...
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