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Anglers could receive reward for tagged walleye in Saginaw Bay area

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said 3,000 walleyes were jaw-tagged in a number of Saginaw Bay tributary rivers recently and is asking anglers to collect and report information. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

SAGINAW BAY (WPBN/WGTU) -- If you catch a tagged walleye in the Saginaw Bay area, you could get a reward.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said 3,000 walleyes were jaw-tagged in a number of Saginaw Bay tributary rivers recently and is asking anglers to collect and report information.

Since 1981, the DNR has tagged 100,000 walleyes as part of a long-term research project to monitor survival and harvest rates and to learn about walleye movement.

“This information is essential to measuring the health of the population and is critical data we use to plan future management direction needed to protect and enhance this important fishery,” said Dave Fielder, research biologist out of the DNR’s Alpena Fisheries Research Station. “Besides ensuring the walleye fishery remains sustainable, we also annually estimate the population size with the aid of these tag reports.”

Each tag is stamped with a unique identification number and a post office box address.

If you catch a tagged walleye, you can report it by mail using the address on the ag, by calling the DNR Bay City Customer Service Center at 989-684-9141 or online.

If reporting by mail or by phone, anglers are asked to provide their contact information as well as the tag identification number, the date the walleye was caught, the catch location, the fish’s length, the fish’s weight (if known), and whether or not the fish was harvested, released with the tag attached or released with the tag removed.

Anglers who report tagged fish online will be automatically prompted for this information.

Once reported, anglers will receive a letter detailing the history of their fish.

According to the DNR, about 20-percent of the tags include a $100 reward when reported.

Anglers can keep or release the fish, but in order to obtain the reward, a clear photo of the reward tag must be provided.

The DNR said this is the second year that a new, brightly colored disk tag will be used on some fish to test how well anglers notice and report the tags.





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