Multiple Openers Kick MI Fishing Season Into High Gear

Lansing, MI - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to get ready for the opening of three fishing seasons Saturday, April 26.

Opening is:

- The statewide trout season
- The Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons
- The catch-and-immediate-release bass season for all Lower Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes

Anglers are reminded that in Upper Peninsula waters the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons and the catch-and-immediate-release bass season open on Thursday, May 15. Please note most areas of the Upper Peninsula will not have seasonable roads plowed yet and therefore will not be passable. Please contact a local DNR fisheries management unit for additional details.

The possession season for bass opens statewide on Saturday, May 24, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open on Saturday, June 21.

The new license season began April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2014 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2015. Michigan’s fishing license options were restructured this year; anglers now have five options to choose from when making their purchase. All fishing licenses are good for all species. Fishing licenses may be purchased at a local retailer or through elicense.

The 2014 Michigan Fishing Guide and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available on the DNR website at