GR rapids project may give fishermen more space

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fishermen Austin Bagge and Bishop Arp cast a line along the Grand River near Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids about once a week. Their spot can get busy.

“They (the fish) jump up the dam obviously and then they go around the smaller part of the fish ladder, but they also school up here ’cause obviously they have to get up the dam. So that’s why you have so many people fishing here rather than upstream,” Bagge told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday. “Completely shoulder to shoulder, like completely packed in.”

“That’s not a safe place for fishermen to be because it gets real crowded in there and as they get closer to the dam, it’s pretty dangerous in there,” Grand Rapids Whitewater President Richard Bishop said.

He says the project to reconfigure the Grand River and restore the rapids that his nonprofit group is leading would change that.

Full story: WOOD TV8


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