Season opening dates every angler should know

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The DNR advises anglers to prepare their fishing gear as several season openings are approaching.

The lower peninsula trout and walleye and northern pike seasons open on April 30. In the Upper Peninsula, the possession seasons for walleye and northern pike open on May 15th.

Possession season for Michigan muskellunges on all Great Lakes, inland waters, St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair, and St. Clair and Detroit rivers opens June 4. Muskellunge catch-and-release fishing is open year-round.

Possession season for bass opens statewide May 28except for Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and Detroit River, which open June 18.

Catch-and-release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open year-round in almost all waters (unless otherwise closed to fishing).

The daily possession limit for walleye caught in Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River remains at six fish until April 30, 2023.

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The new licensing season started on April 1. Make sure you have purchased a new fishing license for this season, click here to buy one if you haven’t already.



Clean and dry the waders before going to the new location

Anglers can help prevent the spread of invasive species by cleaning and drying their waders and gear before heading to a new location.

the New Zealand snail and didymo (rock snot) were detected in Michigan. Both thrive in high quality waters and can have adverse effects on stream ecosystems.

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the NZMS Collaboration has a few simple steps to clean boots and waders:

  • Trample and inspect as soon as you get out of the water to remove attached debris.

  • Brush waders, soles and laces to loosen remaining debris and mud.

  • Spray boots and waders thoroughly with a disinfectant.

  • Rinse after 20 minutes.

  • To dry waders carefully before next use.


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