Steelhead effort to include Platte River closure

11/4/2012 9:00 AM
By Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A portion of the Platte River will be closed for three months as part of an annual steelhead spawning effort aimed at protecting key stretches of the northwest Michigan waterway.

Department of Natural Resources officials say in a release that all fishing is prohibited during the closure that will last between Jan. 1 and March 31. The closure will stretch from the Platte River State Fish Hatchery to Platte Lake.

DNR officials say the closure provides enhanced protection of migrating coho salmon, many of which are used as broodstock for hatchery operations.

Since 2010, DNR's Fisheries Division has been annually stocking the river with 20,000 yearling steelhead. Officials say the stocking program helps bolster steelhead population and enhances angling opportunities on the Platte River.

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