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Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations

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The information in this section provides fishing regulations that pertain only to the taking of trout and salmon from inland waters. Check the Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations By County Listing, for specific waters and the regulations placed on each according to the Type listed for that entry. Regulations for lakes and streams are listed in either the Lake Regulations Table, Stream Regulations Table, or the Gear Restricted Streams Section below. Maps have been developed to assist anglers in identifying inland trout waters and the regulations associated with each Type as indicated by color scheme and text. Maps are only available online at michigan.gov/fishingguide. An all-species fishing license is required for all anglers, age 17 or older, to take and possess trout and salmon from any public waters (see License Types & Fees and License Requirements for more information). During closed season dates on inland trout and salmon waters, fishing is prohibited for all species. An All-Species license is required to fish on all designated trout streams or lakes and when targeting trout or salmon.

Inland Trout & Salmon Lake Regulations

The following regulations pertain only to inland lake Types A – F as listed on Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations By County Listing.

Maps are available online at: michigan.gov/fishingguide

Lake Type

Fishing Season

Possession Season

Tackle

Daily Possession Limit

Brook Trout

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, & Splake

Lake Trout

Coho, Chinook, & Pink Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

 

Minimum Size Limit (inches)

A

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

All except minnows

5/3*

10″

12″

15″

10″

15″

B

Open All Year

Open All Year

All

5/3*

10″

12″

15″

10″

15″

C

Open All Year

Open All Year

All

5/3*

8″

8″

8″

10″

15″

D

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

Artificial lures only**

1

15″

15″

15″

10″

15″

E

Open All Year

Open All Year

All

3

15″

15″

15″

10″

15″

F

Open All Year

Lake Trout+ Jan. 1 – Oct. 31

Other Trout & Salmon open all year

All

5/3^

10″

10″

10″

10″

10″

* 5 fish, with no more than 3 trout 15“ or greater.

** On Type D lakes, it is unlawful to use or possess live bait, dead or preserved bait, organic or processed food, or scented material on any of the waters or on shore.

+ The possession season for lake trout is Jan. 1 – Sep. 30 on Betsie Lake (Benzie County).

^ 5 fish in any combination, but no more than 3 fish of any one species, except up to 5 salmon (Chinook or coho) may be retained.

 

Designated Trout Lakes:

All Type A, all Type D and those Type B* lakes marked with an asterisk (*) are designated trout lakes (see Common Terms).

General Regulations for Lakes Not Classified by Type:

Except for lakes in the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters and Sylvania Wilderness Area, any other inland lake not classified by Type is open all year to the taking of trout with an 8-inch minimum size limit and 5 fish daily possession limit, no more than 3 of which may be 15″ or greater. Artificial lures and all types of natural bait may be used. See pages Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters and Sylvania Wilderness Area regulations under Michigan-Indiana Border Lakes.

Inland Trout & Salmon Stream Regulations

The following regulations pertain only to inland stream Types 1 – 4 as listed on Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations By County Listing.

Maps are available online at: michigan.gov/fishingguide.

All types of natural and artificial baits may be used on stream Types 1-4

Minimum Size Limit (inches)

Daily
Possession Limit

Stream Type

(Colors below are indicated accordingly on the maps online.)

Fishing Season

Possession Season

Brook Trout

Brown Trout

Atlantic, Chinook, Coho & Pink Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Splake

All Trout and Salmon

1

(Approx. 1,400 streams)

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

7″

8″

10″

5 fish, but no more than 3 trout 15″ or greater

2

(14 streams)

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30

10″

12″

3

(60 streams)

Open All Year

Open All Year

15″

15″

4

(130 streams)

Open All Year

Last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Atlantic Salmon

Open all year for all other Trout and Salmon

8″

10″

Research Areas

Research Areas: Portions of the East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette Counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron Counties), Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), and Salmon-Trout River (Marquette County) are under special regulations. Similarly, Spring Mill Pond (Livingston County) is under special regulations. All of these waters are indicated on the online maps (michigan.gov/fishingguide) with gray shading. Please see the county listings for specific regulations on these waters.

 

Designated trout streams:

All Type 1, all Type 2, and all Gear Restricted Streams are designated trout streams. Some Type 3 and some Type 4 streams are designated trout streams as indicated in FO-210. FO-210 is available at any Customer Service Center or online at michigan.gov/fishing.

General regulations for streams not classified by Type:
1-4 (listed above) or Gear Restricted Streams.

Except for streams in the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters, any other inland stream not classified by Type is open to trout fishing all year with an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 5 fish daily possession limit, no more than 3 of which may be 15″ or greater, except up to 5 salmon (Chinook or coho) 15″ or greater may be retained in the daily possession limit on these waters. Artificial lures and all types of natural bait may be used. Please see Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters regulations.

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The following streams have regulations that differ from those in Types 1–4. On all streams managed under gear restrictions, it shall be unlawful to use or possess live bait, dead or preserved bait, organic or processed food, or scented material on any of the waters or on shore. Gear Restricted Streams are indicated in red color on maps which are available online at michigan.gov/fishingguide.

Au Sable River

Mainstream (Crawford County) from Burton’s Landing (T26N, R3W, S11) to South Wakeley Bridge Rd. (Wakeley Bridge): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: closed all year; except for children under 12 the possession season is open all year; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for trout. Mileage: 9.0 miles.

Mainstream (Crawford County) from South Wakeley Bridge Rd. (Wakeley Bridge) to McMasters Bridge Rd. (McMasters Bridge): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 18”. Mileage: 8.0 miles.

Mainstream (Oscoda County) from Mio power line (T26N, R3E, S7; 44° 39’ 40.550” N/ 84° 7’ 24.280” W) to Evans Rd. (McKinley Bridge): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout – 7”; brown trout – 18”; rainbow trout – 10”. Mileage: 15.0 miles.

North Branch (Crawford County) from Sheep Ranch (T28N, R2W, S12; 44° 49’ 40.470” N/ 84° 29’ 25.933” W) to confluence with Mainstream: Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 18”. Mileage: 20.7 miles

South Branch (Crawford County) from Chase Bridge Rd. (Chase Bridge) to Lower High Banks (T25N, R2W, S13; 44° 33’ 49.735” N/ 84° 29’ 59.107” W): Fishing season: open all year; Possession Season: closed all year; except for children under 12 the possession season is open all year; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for trout. Mileage: 4.3 miles.

South Branch (Crawford County) from Lower High Banks (T25N, R2W, S13; 44° 33’ 49.735” N/ 84° 29’ 59.107” W) to confluence with Mainstream: Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 18”. Mileage: 11.5 miles.

Black River

(Otsego and Montmorency counties) from Tin Shanty Bridge Rd. to the Town Corner Lake Stairs (T32N, R1E, S31 SE/SE; 45° 6’ 50.872” N/ 84° 21’ 0.488” W): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout; open all year for brown trout and rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 5 trout; with no more than 2 brook trout; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 8”. Mileage: 4.4 miles.

Cooks Run

(Iron County) from US Forest Hwy 16 to confluence with South Branch Paint River:

  • From the last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30, this reach of stream shall be managed under Type 2 regulations.
  • From Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., this reach of stream shall be managed under gear restricted regulations as follows: Fishing Season: Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Possession Season: closed; except for children under 12 the possession season is open; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch the maximum size limit for all trout. Mileage: 4.5 miles.

Duck Creek

(Gogebic County) from Railroad Bridge (T44N, R39W, S16) to confluence with Middle Branch Ontonagon River: Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; Size limits: minimum size limit: all trout – 10”. Mileage: 6.5 miles.

Escanaba River

(Delta County) from Boney Falls Dam to Mouth of Silver Creek: Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout — 10”; brown trout and rainbow trout — 12”. Mileage: 14.2 miles.

Fox River

(Schoolcraft County) from Fox River State Forest Campground (T46N, R14W, S11; 46° 24’ 1.668” N/ 86° 1’ 50.271” W) to M-28:

  • From the last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30, this reach of stream shall be managed under Type 1 regulations.
  • From Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., this reach of stream shall be managed under gear restricted regulations as follows: Fishing Season: Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Possession Season: closed; except for children under 12 the possession season is open; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for all trout. Mileage: 7.6 miles.

Huron River

(Oakland County) from the Sign below Moss Lake Outlet to the Signs 100 Yards below Wixom Road:

  • From the last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30, this reach of stream shall be managed under Type 1 regulations.
  • From Apr. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., this reach of stream shall be managed under gear restricted regulations as follows: Fishing season: Apr. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Possession Season: closed; except for children under 12 the possession season is open; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for all trout. Mileage: 2.0 miles.

Little Manistee River

(Lake County) from North Peacock Trail (Spencer’s) to Johnson Rd. (Johnson’s Bridge): Fishing Season: Apr. 1 – Dec. 31; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open Apr. 1 – Dec. 31 for all other trout and salmon; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 fish, any combination of trout and salmon; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brown trout — 15”; all other trout and salmon — 10”. Mileage: 7.5 miles.

Manistee River

(Crawford County) from CO. Rd. 612 to M-72: Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 18”. Mileage: 9.2 miles.

(Crawford and Kalkaska counties) from M-72 to Sunset Trail Rd. (CCC Bridge): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; with no more than 1 trout 18” or greater; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 18”. Mileage: 16.7 miles.

Paint Creek

(Oakland County) from Gunn Rd. to Tienken Rd.: Fishing Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for all trout; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for all trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; Size Limits: minimum size limit: all trout — 14”. Mileage: 5.0 miles.

Paint River

South Branch (Iron County) from the Mouth of Cooks Run to the Mouth of the North Branch of the Paint River:

  • From the last Sat. in Apr – Sep. 30, this reach of stream shall be managed under Type 2 regulations.
  • From Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., this reach of stream shall be managed under gear restricted regulations as follows: Fishing Season: Oct. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Possession Season: closed; except for children under 12 the possession season is open; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for all trout. Mileage: 10.0 miles.

Pere Marquette River

(Lake County) from M-37 to the Downstream Edge of the Boat Ramp/Slide at Gleason’s Landing (T17N, R14W, S13; 43° 52’ 14.521” N/ 85° 55’ 21.752” W): Fishing Season: open all year; Possession Season: closed all year; except for children under 12 the possession season is open all year; Tackle: artificial flies only; Daily Possession Limit: zero trout and salmon; except children under 12 may keep 1 trout or salmon; Size Limits: for children under 12 there is an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 12-inch maximum size limit for all trout and salmon. Mileage: 8.5 miles.

(Lake County) from the Downstream Edge of the Boat Ramp/Slide at Gleason’s Landing (T17N, R14W, S13; 43° 52’ 14.521” N/ 85° 55’ 21.752” W) to the Upstream Edge of the Boat Ramp at Rainbow Rapids (T18N, R14W, S27; 43° 55’ 5.321” N/ 85° 58’ 30.719” W):

  • From Sep. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., this reach of stream shall be managed under Type 4 regulations, with the following exceptions: Fishing Season: Sep. 1– the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Possession Season: Sep. 1 – the Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.; Daily Possession Limit: 1 rainbow trout; Size Limits: rainbow trout — 10”.
  • From the last Sat. in Apr. – Aug. 31, this reach of stream shall be managed under gear restricted regulations as follows: Fishing Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Aug. 31; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. –Aug. 31; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout or salmon; with no more than 1 brown trout 18” or greater, and no more than 1 rainbow trout; Size Limits: minimum size limit: all salmon — 10”; brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout – 8”; except that the harvest of fish greater than 14” and less than 18” shall be prohibited for brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Mileage: 10.5 miles.

Pigeon River

(Cheboygan and Otsego counties) from Elk Hill Campground Horse Trail (T32N, R1W, S10; 45° 10’ 50.753” N/ 84° 25’ 27.866” W) to Pine Grove Campground Stairs (T33N, R1W, S17; 45° 14’ 38.497” N/ 84° 26’ 47.983” W):
Fishing Season:
open all year; Possession Season: last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30 for brook trout and brown trout; open all year for rainbow trout; Tackle: artificial lures only; Daily Possession Limit: 2 trout; with no more than 1 brown trout; Size Limits: minimum size limit: brook trout and rainbow trout — 10”; brown trout — 12”. Mileage: 5.3 miles.

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