Michigan anglers may get some stiff fishing competition with new legislation that could allow commercial fishers to cast a wider net. Right now, only Michigan’s recreational fishers can legally catch most game fish, which include sunfish, walleye, lake trout and more.
Commercial fishers, who harvest fish to sell wholesale or to stock their own fish markets, are allowed to catch only one type of game fish, perch, from Saginaw Bay. A pair of bills being weighed by the state Legislature would allow Michigan’s commercial access 10 percent of the state’s catchable lake trout and 20 percent of walleye, based on quotas from the Department of Natural Resources.
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