Multiple U.P. openers kick fishing season into high gear


LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to get ready for the fishing seasons that open next Sunday, May 15, in the Upper Peninsula. Seasons for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge for all U.P. waters including the Great Lakes, inland waters and St. Marys River open May 15.

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Anglers currently can catch-and-immediate-release largemouth and smallmouth bass on most waters statewide. The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May 28, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open Saturday, June 18.




Please note, anglers fishing the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, Big Island Lakes Complex, Sylvania Wilderness Area and Seney National Wildlife Refuge should check the 2016-2017 Fishing Guide for specific regulations governing those areas.

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 2016 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2017.

The 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available online; visit the DNR website at Michigan.gov/fishingguide for more information.

Information about spring U.P. fishing can be found in the 2016 Fishing Forecast videos on the DNR’s YouTube channel.

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