Date:          July 22, 2004
Contact:    Todd Grischke

State fisheries officials today announced 24 public meetings throughout the state in August to gather input on proposed bass season changes.

The DNR in April finalized a report called “Black Bass Fishing Seasons in Michigan,” now available on the DNR web site at The report identifies ways to provide additional recreational fishing opportunities without putting bass populations at risk.

At a May meeting of the External Coolwater Regulations Committee – a group that includes Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan BASS Federation, Michigan Musky Alliance, Michigan Darkhouse Angling Association, Pikemasters, Michigan State University and University of Michigan fisheries professors – the group reviewed the report and unanimously supported moving forward with the public review process.

Four of the seven scenarios identified in the report will be the focus of the public meetings. The forums are intended to provide background information on the proposed season changes, answer questions about the report, and take public input on the proposals. The meeting schedule includes the following:

Aug. 2: 7 p.m., Newaygo County Sportsmans Club, 7951 Elm Avenue (just north of M-82), Newaygo

Aug. 3: 7 p.m., Cadillac Junior High School Cafeteria, 500 Chestnut Street, Cadillac

Aug. 4: 7 p.m., Traverse City Civic Center, 1213 West Civic Center Drive, Traverse City

Aug. 5: 7 p.m., Gander Mountain, 43825 West Oaks, Novi

Aug. 10: Walli’s East Motor Lodge, G-1341 South Center Rd, Flint

Aug. 10: 7 p.m., Escanaba Civic Center, 225 N. 21st St., Escanaba

Aug. 10: 7 p.m., Charlevoix High School, library room

Aug. 11: 7:30 p.m., Jackson County Outdoor Club, 3550 Hart Road, Jackson

Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., Caledonia Sports Club, 10721 Coldwater SE, Middleville

Aug. 17: 7 p.m., Great Lakes Grill Conference Center, 817 E. State St., Cheboygan

Aug. 17: 7 p.m., Bay City State Park, near Bay City

Aug. 18: 7 p.m., Best Western, M-32, Gaylord

Aug. 18: 7 p.m., Chesterfield Twp., 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield

Aug. 18: 6 p.m., Dickinson County Library Conference Room, Iron Mountain

Aug. 18: 7:30 p.m., Three Rivers Community Center, 103 South Douglas Ave, Three Rivers

Aug. 19: 7 p.m., Van Buren Township Hall, 46425 Tyler Road, Belleville

Aug. 19: 7 p.m., Days Inn, 1496 M-32 West, Alpena

Aug. 20: 7 p.m., Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare

Aug. 23: 8 p.m., Tahquamenon Area Sportsmen’s Clubhouse

Aug. 24: 7 p.m., MSU Extension Office, 1040 S. Winter St., River Raisin Room, Adrian

Aug. 24: 7 p.m. (EST), Negaunee Township Hall, 43 M-35, Negaunee

Aug. 25: 7 pm (CST), Gogebic Comm. College, Solin Center, Room B-2, Ironwood

Aug. 31: 7 p.m., Manistique Courthouse, Manistique


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