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Grayling plan released

Discussion in 'FlyTyingForums.com, Fly Tying, Trout Fishing' started by kzoofisher, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. kzoofisher

    kzoofisher

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    Streams that will receive Grayling have not been named, don't know that any have been chosen or which are on the list of candidates except that they will be in the Manistee watershed.

    New action plan shares direction for state's Arctic Grayling efforts
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 07/14/2017 10:11 AM EDT
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    Statewide DNR News
    July 14, 2017

    Contact: Todd Grischke, 517-284-5830 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839

    Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative announces action plan mapping out future efforts
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    The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative – a statewide partnership effort focused on restoring self-sustaining populations of this native fish – unveiled its official action plan at Thursday's Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing. The plan details the initiative’s goals and various activities it plans to accomplish over the next several years.

    This initiative, founded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, was announced in June 2016 and consists of 32 organizations.

    The action plan is the result of multiple meetings of the partners where ideas, questions and information gaps were identified and then condensed into four main focus areas: research, management, fish production and outreach and education.

    “Large populations of Arctic grayling were once found throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and even in an Upper Peninsula stream – in fact, this iconic, cold-water fish species was native only to Michigan and Montana in the lower 48 states,” said DNR Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter. “With the launch of the Arctic grayling action plan, we’re moving an important step closer to making it possible for residents and visitors to once again find this slate-blue beauty with the distinctive dorsal fin in Michigan waters.”

    This initiative is looking for resources from a variety of sources to help reach its goals, like the Consumers Energy Foundation grant the DNR, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Michigan Technological University received in February 2017. These funds are being used to collect habitat and fish community data in the upper Big Manistee River and create an outreach plan to engage Michigan citizens in the reintroduction efforts and once again make Arctic grayling an important part of Michigan’s heritage.

    “Contributions by organizations like the Consumers Energy Foundation are invaluable as this initiative works toward making a dream a reality,” said Frank Beaver, director of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' Natural Resources Department. “It’s so exciting to see so many partners working to try and bring back this significant species.”

    Representatives from both the DNR and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians were on hand at yesterday's Natural Resources Commission meeting to share details of the plan.

    For more information on the history of Arctic grayling in Michigan, visit the initiative’s newly launched website at migrayling.org.



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  2. hypox

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    This would be awesome. I hope it works!
     

  3. Gamekeeper

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    Excellent! Better and BIGGER Brown trout!
     
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  4. Steve

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    This should be interesting. Should make for some great fly fishing if they can survive.
     
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  5. DecoySlayer

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    Grayling are a LOT of fun on a fly rod! I used to fish for them all the time when I lived in England. They take a fly like it's going out of style. My favorite grayling fly was a "Tups Indispensable" tied size 18 or 20. I fished it upstream, traditional English style.

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  6. kzoofisher

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    I hope I live long enough to find out. I think we are many years from having fishable populations.
     
  7. Boardman Brookies

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    I too really hope it works out. Not sure exactly how it will but one can hope. I wonder where exactly they are planning to stock.
     
  8. Gamekeeper

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    If I read right, they hope to treat and stock creeks that are unattractive to brown's that flow into the Manistee.
    They are following the Montana re-stocking model.

    Good thing the Native American's have a Casino to pay for the Brown Trout Weight gain program.

    In a bunch of the places I fished in the west, we had to through every Brown back up on shore, BY LAW.
    They naturally out compete the native fish after they were stocked.

    I suppose with enough money you could accomplish re-introduction. Sustaining it?
    Prove it to me.
     
  9. Steve

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    I think there are some tribs to the Manistee that have mostly brookies right now. I wonder if any of these would be suitable for the grayling.
     
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    I hope it works out. It would be awesome to see a population once again and catch Grayling in our home state.
     
  11. -Axiom-

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    I like the idea but I suspect that this is huge waste of resources that could be better spent elsewhere.


    The browns are going to eat them all.
     
  12. kzoofisher

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    Most, if not all, of the money is coming from private sources so I guess they can spend it however they want. The action plan is clear that they are looking for streams with very low brown trout populations. As Steve mentioned there are some that fit the bill in the Upper Manistee drainage, I know a couple and I don't even fish over there much. There are others in other watersheds and they might be candidates after the initial phase is complete. There is an agreement among all parties NOT to *treat* streams for brown trout removal.

    I think it is great that some people in Michigan are willing to push the envelope and try something new. It may not work as well as it did in Montana but they will learn a lot and maybe be able apply that knowledge to other areas. That's how we advance.
     
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    Why would you think the browns are going to eat them all?

    Every where I fished for grayling, both in England and Scotland, they lived in the same water with browns. Brown trout and grayling are both native there.

    Grayling also did well in rivers that that sea trout runs as well.

    Stock them in enough numbers, and large enough to fend for themselves, they should take. They were native here, we should be able to bring them back. IF money becomes a problem take it from the non-native stocking programs and use it to return the grayling to Michigan.
     
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    The Manistee received a small planting of grayling in the late seventies early eighties. caught a few each year.
     
  15. Gamekeeper

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    That is what happened every other time they were planted since the Brown trout were introduced.

    Maybe they'll have a Grayling stamp, and anyone that wants to do catch and release Grayling fishing can buy one. Then grow them to a decent size, and just plant them.

    To my knowledge, which I admit is incomplete, unless there is a wholesale habitat and predator change, there is no reason to expect a different outcome.
    This, what I would characterize as a "Bad Idea", seems to pop up every 10 years or so. Makes one wonder if anyone pay attention to prior results down in Fisheries.
     
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