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Forecast predicts good lake trout fishing this summer

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says anglers should enjoy productive fishing for lake trout in the state's Great Lakes waters this year.

The DNR's annual assessment is based on trends observed by research teams that focus on Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.

According to the forecast, trout abundance in Lake Superior's Michigan waters has remained stable during the past 10 years, although juveniles are in decline.

In Lake Michigan, the DNR says catch rates should be boosted by an expanding lake trout population and falling numbers of Chinook salmon.

Stability is predicted for Lake Huron, where the wild trout population is rising as the number of stocked trout drops.

The DNR says there's been a big decline in the number of Lake Huron fish wounded by parasitic sea lamprey.

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