Fishing in Michigan? Check New Regulations While Making Your 2022 License Purchases
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that along with renewing licenses in the state for 2022-2023 season by April 1, when the new season begins, there are also some new regulations to take note of. New licenses were made available to purchase on Tuesday, March 1. The new license season begins April 1, and the fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2023.
Anglers also are encouraged to take a look at these upcoming regulations changes that were adopted by the Michigan Natural Resource Commission. They go into effect April 1, 2022 unless noted otherwise.
LAKE ST. CLAIR AND ST. CLAIR RIVER - WALLEYE SIZE LIMIT
The minimum size limit has been increased from 13 inches to 15 inches, which is the same as the statewide regulation. The change will result in uniform walleye regulations throughout the connected waters of the St. Clair-Detroit River system, which includes Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.
LAKE SUPERIOR - ROUND WHITEFISH DAILY POSSESSION LIMIT
The round whitefish limit has been increased to allow anglers to keep 10 additional fish in Lake Superior as part of the daily possession limit.
LAKE MICHIGAN AND LAKE HURON - UNDERWATER SPEARFISHING REGULATIONS
Underwater spearfishing opportunities for walleye, northern pike and lake trout have been added for Lake Michigan (waters south of the southernmost pier at Grand Haven) and Lake Huron (waters south of the southernmost pier of the Thunder Bay River, extending south to the mouth of the St. Clair River [Fort Gratiot Light]).
This opportunity requires a new underwater spearfishing license along with monthly effort and harvest reporting requirements. The underwater spearfishing license is complimentary, unless a DNR Sportcard is needed, and will be available only online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses.
TORCH RIVER AND RAPID RIVER - SPECIAL HOOK FISHING REGULATIONS
Special hook regulations have been put into effect on the Torch River from the Crystal Beach Road Bridge downstream to Lake Skegemog including the Rapid River up to Aarwood Road Bridge from May 1 to July 1, where it is unlawful to use fishing gear other than a single-pointed hook measuring one-half inch or less from point to shank. This regulation replaces the fishing closure on these waters and allows anglers to fish while maintaining the desired protection to the resource.
INLAND WATERS - RAINBOW TROUT (STEELHEAD) POSSESSION
A new daily possession limit of one rainbow trout (steelhead) has been put into effect on some Type 3 and Type 4 streams and will be effective from March 15 to May 15, inclusive. This regulation will go into effect March 15, 2022.
All regulation changes will be acknowledged in the 2022 fishing guide, which is available now. Along with several locations around the state to physically purchase a license, you can also do it online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses. By purchasing a fishing license online, anglers will also have the opportunity to sign up for auto-renewal through the DNR's eLicense system. You can also learn more about fishing in general in Michigan at Michigan.gov/Fishing.