Trout opener slated for Saturday, April 30

Lovells Historical Society and Crawford County Library to host annual events centered around beginning of trout season
Fishing seasons for trout, salmon, walleye, and pike begin on Saturday, April 30, for most Lower Peninsula inland lakes and rivers, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the quality of fishing for the openers may depend a lot on the weather leading up to this weekend.
“Waiting for some nicer weather,” said Jack Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop. “We need some warmer temperatures in the evening and sun to warm it up during the day. Kind of spinning our wheels, waiting for it to happen.”
Millikin said rain could hamper the opener by raising water levels and pushing natural fish food into the river. High water levels make it more difficult for anglers to navigate through the river, he said, and cold water causes the fish to be sluggish. Higher temperatures could also help fishing conditions by bringing more fly hatches, Millikin said.
Millikin said water levels in the rivers were going down as of Wednesday, April 20, but rain between then and April 30 could bring them back up again.
“Water temperature is huge this time of year,” Millikin said. “Streams are in pretty decent shape. They just need to warm up.”
Millikin said walleye fishing during the weekend of April 30 could be an option for anglers because “ice is off the lakes” and they should be able “to get on open water.”
Fishing licenses are required in Michigan for anglers 17 and older.
“A license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles in public waters of the state. If you are 17 years of age or older and fish in Michigan, you must purchase a fishing license. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. If turning 17 at any point during the current season – April 1 through March 31 – you’ll need to buy a license,” according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Licenses can be purchased online at
The community has a couple of annual events planned around Saturday’s trout opener.
The Lovells Historical Society is bringing back its Leaky Wader 1K Fun Run on April 30 and the Lovells museum will kick off its 2022 season by opening on Saturday. The facility is located in Lovells at 8405 Twin Bridge Road.
“We’ll have various artists and artisans on hand to show off their wares and answer questions,” according to the Lovells Historical Society. “Before the (Leaky Wader 1K) we’ll be dedicating the new North Branch access site.”
Registration for the Leaky Wader 1K Fun Run is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. and the race will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m., according to the Lovells Historical Society.
The Crawford County Devereaux Memorial Library – located at 201 Plum Street – will host its annual Trout Opener Event on Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to library officials, the event will include guided tours, refreshments, music, and a slideshow presentation.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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