Multiple fishing seasons set to kick off in Michigan

Those fishermen who typically winterize their boats around Labor Day and put them away until the following spring may feel good about getting all in order before the first snowfall of the season, but they also miss out on some wonderful and enjoyable fall fishing opportunities.

Two Michigan fishing seasons involving multiple species open Saturday, April 29 — statewide fishing for trout and Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge.

Anglers are reminded that, in Upper Peninsula waters the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons open Monday, May 15.

Also, the catch-and-immediate-release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open all year on nearly all waters (unless otherwise closed to fishing – check the current Michigan Fishing Guide for specifics). The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May 27, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open Saturday, June 17.

The new license season began April 1, so anglers must have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018.

Also, this is the second year of the two-year Michigan Fishing Guide. The 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available online — visit the DNR website at michigan.gov/fishingguide for the most up-to-date information. You may view the complete guide online, or download it to your device for later use.

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