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Michigan Legal Bluegill Size

Combined licenses are also available, which grant a fishing and hunting license in the state of Michigan. A resident must pay $76.00 for an annual hunting and fishing licence, while a non-resident must pay $266.00 for this licence. Please note that persons 65 years of age and older, as well as those who are legally blind, can purchase a combined permit at a reduced price of $43.00. Page 10 -10 – per acre up to an average of 2.5 pounds. According to the model, at a recovery rate of 0.35 (1p), the yield per recruit is expected to decrease from 3,137 at a minimum size of 10 inches to 1,188 at a minimum size of 16 inches or a decrease of 62% (Table 6). While predictability is excellent for Sugarloaf Mountain, it is not present for Lake Fife. On Lake Fife, under a size limit of 16 inches, the harvest remained the same as under a size limit of 10 inches. Only a few samples of catch scales are available, but this lack of yield drop is apparently the result of one or two classes of strong vintages moving through the fishery. In 1954-58, the size limit was lifted for Duck and Fine Lake, and crops increased slightly on both lakes, 6% on Duck Lake and 12% on Fine (Table 5). According to the model, a reduction in the size limit to 8 inches at a utilization rate of 0.35 is expected to result in a yield reduction of approximately 10% unless operation increases (Table 6). This could certainly have been the case with the liberalisation of the regulation, and a slight gain on the harvest is not surprising. In fact, few bass with a length of only 8 inches were retained, and interpolation with a higher utilization rate (2p) with a size limit of 9 inches would result in a value between 2,820 and 3,590, which would be slightly higher than the expected performance of 3,137 below the standard minimum of 10 inches and a usage of 0.35 (1p) (Table 6). In this analysis, the predictability of the model was satisfactory in three out of four cases.

Recruitment As mentioned earlier, biomass affects recruitment, predation and catch-and-release fishing. Among these, recruitment is crucial to the success of the population. In the model, I assume that recruitment is constant, although it is known that many populations have variable recruitment. The relationship between spawning stock and age class size produced is unknown. Neither Bennett (1954) nor Johnson and McCrimmon (1967) found a correlation between the number of adult bassists and the number of young bassists produced. However, Bennett suspected a negative relationship, i.e. a greater number of young when the progenitors were few. Page 8 Table 5 Size in millimeters Bluegills at different ages An equivalent size in inches is given for the combined height of the sexes STEARN`S BAYOU, OTTAWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Season Sex I II III IV V VII VII VIII IX Winter male… 160 (1) 173(11) 183 (4) 187 (1) 192 (4). Female…… 150 (1) 200 (1). 199 (2)…

Sex?. 102 (1) 152(10) 166(30) 178(16) 188(28) 197 (4) 192 (2). Combined. 102 (1) 1,2.7(11) 167.4(42) 180(21) 188 (29) 195.4(10) 192 (2) _4__._ _ 6_.6./8 7 1/8 7 3/8 7 3 7 /8. 154 (6) 166(14) 173(10) 182 (4) 178 (1) 194 (1)… Female. 155 (1) 164 (9) 170 (10) 174 (3) 177 (4) 203 (2) sex? 89 (1) 111(18) 136 (4)…………. Combined 89 (1) 123(25) 161(27) 171.5(20) 178.5 (7) 177.2(5) 200 (3) 3 1/2 47/8 6 3/8 6 3A_ 7 7 7/8._. Combined annual average 89 (,) 122(26) 158(38) 168(62) 179(,8) 186(314) 196(13) 192 (2). 3 1/2 4 7/8 6 61/4 6 5/8 7 1/ 7 3/8 7 3/4 7/ Page 1 MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FISHERIES DIVISION Fisheries Research Report No.

1818 December 26, 1974 FISHING REGULATIONS FOR LAGEMOUTH BASS IN MICHIGAN v By W. C. Latta SUMMARY Michigan`s largemouth fishing regulations were analyzed in Ricker`s yield equation and with a review of previous fishing experiences of the state and the entire country. Average growth, mortality, exploitation and reproduction rates for Michigan were used in the equation. At an average exploitation rate of 35%, the largest harvest takes place at a minimum size of 10 inches. However, as the operation increases, the largest harvest occurs at a minimum size of 12 inches. The yield difference between 10 and 12 inches at minimum size is small, but the increase in biomass at the upper size limit is significant. Although the relationship between spawning stock and offspring is not known, it seems advisable to protect 12-inch adult biomass as exploitation increases.

It is unlikely that increasing biomass with increased size limitation will have a measurable effect on associated sunfish populations. In terms of numbers, increasing the minimum size to 12 inches will significantly reduce the catch. The barrier limit is essentially ineffective as a general rule to limit catches or to ensure a more even distribution among fishermen. A spring closure season has the potential to limit catch, as does the minimum size limit. Currently, a minimum size of 12 inches, combined with the existing limit of 5 fish and an open fishing season from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day until December 31, appears to be an appropriate fishing regulation, issued by Dingell-Johnson Project F-35-R, Michigan. Page 27 -27 – Table 10. — Number of largemouth yellow perch seedlings estimated to survive from June biomass for females 10 to 12 inches long. The ratio of fall fry produced to fry per 1,000 pounds of recruits needed is in parentheses. Minimum utilization rate. Size 0.35/ 0.55 0.70 (inches) (1 p) (2 p) (3 p) Maturation at 10 inches 10 79 372 49 647 38, 530 (2.4) (1.5) (1.

1) 12. 96,987 87,885 (2.9) (2.6) Due to 12 inches 10 51,332 21,607 10,490 (1.5) (0.6) (0.3) 12. 68 947 59 845 (2. 1) (1.8) Y Current fishing mortality, p, equal to 0. 581. Page 32 -32 – 36 X __-_. 35% utilization rate o —oMinimum size -u32 – 10 inches /x —-x Minimum size 12 inches a_28 – o ~ No harvest 024 = 20 3pn – _-~ E o typical Michigan population, without crop and with a harvest at minimum sizes of 10 and 12 inches and a utilization rate of 35%. 10 and 2 and a35% of exposure.

Page 21 -21 – Table 4. — Age and size of the mule at maturity Location Author Age Length (years) (inches) Canada Wisconsin Minnesota Maine Michigan Michigan v. California New York / North Central States Alabama / W. B. Scott and E. J. Crossman, 1973 D. Mraz, S. Kmiotek and L. Frankenberger, 1961 R. H.

Kramer and L.L. Smith, Jr., 1962 J. W. Kelley, 1962 M.D.Clady, 1970 R.C.Ball, 1952 D. A. LaFaunce, J. B. Kimsey and H. K. Chadwick, 1964 H.A.Regier, 1963 G.W.Bennett, 1971 H. S.

Swingle and E. V. Smith, 1950 3-4 4-5 3-4 10-12 * * – 3 4 2 1 2 2 11,5-20. 1 12. 2 to 20. 5 11,6 10. 0 0-12 10-12 1 — — — — V Farm ponds. Page 2 -2 – Introduction In the late 1940s, there was a trend towards liberalization of trapping rules for largemouth perches (Micropterus salmoides) by removing size restrictions, closing seasons and sometimes door limits (Pelton 1950; Churchill, 1957; Mraz and Threinen, 1957; Mraz, 1964). In 1967, 35 states allowed year-round fishing with no length restrictions for perch, and only three states lifted restrictions on canned food (Stroud and Martin 1968). In the last two years, however, there has been a literature suggesting overexploitation of largemouth perch in some waters and proposing more restrictive regulations (Clady 1970; Rawstron and Hashagen, 1972; von Geldern, 1972; Anderson, 1973; Rawstron and Reaves, 1974). Below is an analysis of Michigan largemouth perch in terms of average growth, mortality, exploitation and reproduction, with the goal of deciding if more restrictive fishing regulations are needed. The largemouth perch is one of the largest representatives of the sunfish family Centrarchidae.

It prefers warm, calm, sometimes adventitious water from lakes and reservoirs. Like all sunfish, the male deploys a shallow depression in the seabed in the spring to lay eggs through the female. The eggs, and then the resulting brood, are kept by the male for several days until the brood begins to spread throughout the lake. Southern Michigan spawns from early May to mid-June (Carbine 1948), while the Upper Peninsula breeds from late May to late June (Clady 1973, personal communication). The construction of the nest begins when the water temperature reaches 60 F. Young yellow perch eat zooplankton and small insects until they reach about 2 inches in length, how long the fish penetrate their food. The adult perch eats larger insects, fish, crabs and frogs. In Michigan, the largest bass caught is 11 pounds, 15 ounces, but a 6- to 8-pound fish is remarkable. Michigan basses rarely live more than 10 years. Page 4 -L Size of fish caught in summer and winter It has long been claimed that large fish are caught in winter, making summer fisheries poorer in terms of the size of fish caught.