Editorial: Time for the Brown Trout to take center stage

For 38 years now the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has attracted visitors to Alpena and Northeast Michigan and beginning today, the 39th version of this popular event promises to do more of the same.

Fishing, food and great entertainment await visitors down at the harbor area. As in years past, event organizers have strived to offer something for everyone in the family during the 10-day event.

Of course the magnet from day one always has been the fishing. In the 39-year period the species most prevalent in Lake Huron near Thunder Bay has changed from year to year with ecosystem changes in the bay, but there always has been one constant – the fishing here always has been exciting.

Just this week in the newspaper was a photo of a really nice-sized salmon caught by Phil Smigelski. The fish weighed in at 23 pounds.

Department of Natural Resources biologist Jim Johnson shared that the diversity of fish in Thunder Bay is very good this year, which should make for good numbers at this year’s festival.

“The overall catch rate should be very good this year, possibly the best in more than 10 years,” he said for a recent story.

That is great news for all of us, but especially so as this year’s festival gets under way.