The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is proposing to extend restrictive fishing regulations on the Pilgrim River.
Several years ago, the DNR included the Pilgrim in a group of nine rivers in which the coastal brook trout population would be protected and reestablished. From Paradise Road to Portage Lake, a 20-inch minimum size limit for brookies, lake trout and splake was implemented, with a limit of one fish caught per day.
Researchers have now observed larger fish in the upper section of the river.
At tomorrow’s Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing, members are expected to extend the fishing restrictions to the Pilgrim’s headwaters.