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MSU lifts fishing ban for portion of Red Cedar

Coho and Chinook salmon run up the Red Cedar River in the fall, steelhead in the spring. The portion of the river that meanders through Michigan State University’s campus supports healthy numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills and sunfish and walleye.

But, for decades, the riverbanks on campus have been closed to anglers. They are now open, at least in part.

The change, approved by the university’s Board of Trustees last week, came after a push by conservation groups and by Tim Nichols, a member of the state’s Natural Resources Commission, who approached Trustee Dianne Byrum over the summer.  more...

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Note MSU is still partially controlled by the anti-fishing clique to keep the sport fishers away from some of the best fishing area on the Red Cedar River. When I was a F&W fishery student at MSU during during the spring sucker runs, we honed our 'redneck' fishing skills of the Great Depression passed on to me by my father at the dam rapids between the library and Wells Hall. It was fun to watch the reactions of the spring sunbathers and walkers between classes which gathered around to cheer us on. The suckers cannot jump the dam. My Shaw Hall mates and I would set our books down, roll up our sleeves, and lie down along side the rapids wall. We would very slowly and skillfully work our fingers up the sucker's belly to grab and lift the fish out of the water. The crowd thought this was hilarious as we then released the suckers above the dam to continue upstream to spawn. By request we later on a Friday nights had two of us hand fishing, one person processing, and one person bagging giving fish away. Campus cops, no problem, two fish in a bag and they were happy. Campus life was fun in the old days for our MSU F&W Club. Tom Hamilton, Fishery Biologist (retired)12/27/2012 7:44:00 AM
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