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OxbowSeptember 20th, 2021, 7:13 am
South Haven, Michigan

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Been fly-fishing on this river system for over 55 years. Back in the 1960's and early 70's there was a defined season and a vibrant stocking program. Rainbow's were predominately stocked with some browns and bookies. There were size and take limits which (based upon the DNR's formula) kept the fishing robust. Today fishing is 24-7 365 days with no kill - no keep. The guided pressure has increased 50 fold along with the general fishing pressure.

I asked myself a few years ago why has the fishing declined so drastically?
Since then year over year the quality of fishing has been in steady decline. There are various conservation groups that are imprinting their agenda on the river system which has not improved but added to the decline of quality of fish and fishing. There are many aspects of the rules and regulations that appear to favor the fishing guide services and the local fishing camps that detract from improving the streams, fish and fishing. We are losing this wonderful natural resource a part of my life since 1956! Michigan needs a change soon!!

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