- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan fishing officials say they’ve decided not to change rules dealing with use of fish parts known as “chum” for bait in certain rivers.

The Department of Natural Resources says its staff heard comments on the matter during seven public meetings in July.

Some people say there’s too much use of chum in rivers that flow into Lake Michigan, especially the Muskegon River. But the DNR says it doesn’t consider the practice a biological threat to fish populations.

The meetings also dealt with a proposal from angler groups to lower the steelhead possession limit on the Muskegon, Pere Marquette, Little Manistee and Big Manistee rivers. It’s currently three fish per day.

The DNR says no change is needed because most anglers don’t catch that many steelhead in one day.

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