Spartans Have a New Shot at Steelhead

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I was a proud alumna today when (pictured R to L) Michigan Trout Unlimited (Bryan Burroughs), Michigan State University officials (Trustee Dianne Byrum), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Natural Resources Commissioner Tim Nichols), and MUCC (Amy Trotter and Kent Wood) and several other DNR staff, dignitaries and MSU students got to take part in a momentous part of campus history. Approximately 3,000 steelhead were stocked this morning in the Red Cedar River at Michigan State University.
This stocking came on the heels of the MSU Board of Trustees approving an ordinance change this past December permitting hook-and-line fishing on campus grounds between the western edge of Brody Complex and the Sparty bridge on the north bank of the river only. This is the first time anglers can fish from the Red Cedar shore since the 1960s.
Previously the river was off-limits to shore fishing because the entire campus of MSU is considered a preserve and therefore, hunting, fishing and gathering were off-limits. Additionally, there were safety concerns with fishing along the river bank and bridges due to the amount of pedestrian traffic.
The steelhead stocking occurred at 11:30 a.m. at the bridge located off the southeast corner of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center’s parking ramp. Sparty was even in attendance, rod in hand and ready to go.
Fishing the Red Cedar’s designated area will be allowed during a three-year test period. Good angling opportunities will include steelhead and sucker fishing in the spring, smallmouth bass in the summer, salmon in the fall, and a host of other native species throughout the open season.
A fishing license is required to fish the Red Cedar and Michigan college students are able to buy resident licenses. If anglers plan to target trout and/or salmon they will need to purchase an All-Species license.
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