The SLA was recently advised that the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (“MDNR”) is planning to conduct a Creel Survey on Sanford Lake. The MDNR has hired a Creel Survey Clerk, Ms. Jessica Haller, to perform angler interviews to collect information on effort, target species and other biological data. This information will complement the MDNR’s broader statewide Status and Trends Fisheries survey scheduled to kick off in mid-June. Jessica will be working out of a boat as well as by vehicle at various fishing access points and boat launches around the lake.
The MDNR plans to begin the Creel Survey on Sanford Lake shortly and will continue their efforts through the end of August. Creel Surveys, such as this one, help the MDNR to access the strength of the fishery as well as to inform fish stocking and other resource management decisions.
The SLA encourages you to welcome Jessica to the lake if you see her and to cooperate with her as she and the MDNR work to aid the Sanford Lake fishery.
Scott Scarpelli & Bill Gebo
Co-chairs of the SLA Water Quality Committee