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State seeks public input on walleye management plan

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

State officials are seeking input from the public on a walleye management plan that focuses on Michigan’s inland waters.

The plan was drafted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is available for review and written comment through April 1.

It aims to provide an overview of the status of the species in Michigan, the biology and ecology of inland walleye populations, angler perceptions about walleye management and fishing opportunities, and a brief description of previous management efforts.

The plan was developed to guide the department’s management effort toward maximizing both angler satisfaction and the ecological benefits of walleye fisheries, said Seth Herbst, DNR aquatic species and regulatory affairs manager.

Walleye are found in the Great Lakes, Michigan rivers and inland lakes. A healthy, abundant walleye population is a big part of Michigan’s fisheries. The fish provide exciting opportunities for world-class recreational fishing, according to the DNR.

Walleye also are an important ecological role as a top predator.