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From the Journal of the House of Representatives,

May 8, 1913 (pp. 2254)

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

Sir: I herewith return without approval:

House bill no. 608 (file No. 251, enrolled No. 127) entitled

A bill to permit the catching or taking of rainbow or steel head trout by the use of spears or dip nets in any of the waters of the State o Michigan, from the first day of March to the twenty-fifth day of April, inclusive of each year.

This bill is returned without approval for the reason that spears and dip nets cannot be used for securing rainbow or steel head trout without injuring other kinds of fish. Furthermore, the State is planting our streams annual with the rainbow trout, and therefore this destruction of the trout is detrimental to the conservation of our fish interests.


Woodbridge N. Ferris

Source: Fuller, George, editor. Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Volume IV. (Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1927), 658.