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Freeland gears up for Walleye Festival

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The annual Freeland Walleye Festival kicks off later this week and there will be fun for the whole family including carnival rides, a parade, food and live music.

The fishing tournament officially begins Saturday at midnight, but that's not the only main attraction.

The community-wide yard sales always draw the largest crowds.

The festival kicks off Friday morning and runs through Sunday, rain or shine.

>>For the complete schedule of events, click here <<

Speaking of walleye, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers for help with a study of walleye in northern Michigan.

The DNR, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and students from Michigan State University are teaming up on the study. They are tagging adult walleye at key locations across the inland waterway, which consists of a number of rivers and lakes in the northern Lower Peninsula. The goal is to learn more about movements and seasonal distribution of the popular sport fish.

Adult walleye will be captured from electrofishing boats. Study participants also may conduct nighttime gill netting to improve population estimates.

Biologists are asking anglers who catch tagged walleye in the inland waterway to give the DNR the tag information and the stomachs from any fish harvested.

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