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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Angler Rights On Public Streams

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On fenced or posted property or farm property, a fisherman wading or floating a navigable public stream may, without written or oral consent, enter upon property within the clearly defined banks of the stream, or without damaging farm products, walk a route as closely proximate to the clearly defined bank as possible when necessary to avoid a natural or artificial hazard or obstruction, including, but not limited to a dam, deep hole, or a fence or other exercise of ownership by the riparian owner.

Railroad Rights-Of-Way

Railroad rights-of-way are private property. Trespassing on railroad property, including the trestles and bridges, is a misdemeanor. Written permission must be obtained from the railroad company to be exempt from railway trespass.

Angler Harassment Information

Anglers in Michigan have the right to enjoy their sport free from unreasonable and deliberate interference. Michigan law prohibits individuals from obstructing or interfering with the lawful taking of aquatic species. The DNR supports fishing as a legitimate form of recreation and as a useful tool in the management of aquatic resources. Michigan Conservation Officers are committed to protecting anglers from the intentional disruption of the fishing experience. Individuals whose fishing is being obstructed should promptly report the violation to the DNR by calling a local conservation officer, the nearest DNR office, or toll free at 800-292-7800 (Report All Poaching hotline).

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)

When selecting a PFD, be sure to read the label to verify that it is appropriate for a person of your size and weight. Try your PFD on to make sure it fits properly and check to make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Craft under 16 feet long:

For Great Lakes and connecting waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard requires all vessels less than 16 feet to carry one wearable approved Type I, II or III PFD for each person on board. For inland waters not connected to the Great Lakes, each person on board must have either a wearable or throwable PFD.

Craft 16 feet or longer:

If your boat is 16 feet or longer, you must have on board at least one throwable PFD (Type IV), PLUS one of any of these wearable PFDs for each person on board:

  • Offshore Life Jacket (Type I)
  • Near-shore Bouyant Vest (Type II)
  • Flotation Aid (Type III)

Michigan law requires:

  • Everyone operating, riding, or being towed by a personal watercraft must wear a non-inflatable Type I, II or III PFD.
  • Persons less than 6 years old must wear a Type I or Type II PFD when riding on the open deck area of a boat.

Learn more at: www.boat-ed.com/michigan/handbook/book.html

Many of our rivers, lakes, and coastal areas are experiencing algae blooms that cover our favorite fishing spots with green slime and cause fish kills and “dead zones” where no aquatic life can survive. The cause is usually nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that comes from farm and lawn fertilizers, septic systems, animal waste, and sewage treatment plants. Here’s what you can do to keep the water clean:

  • Take care not to over fertilize and closely follow package instructions
  • Pick up pet waste and properly manage waste from livestock
  • Use green practices such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavements
  • Maintain septic systems
  • Encourage your community to invest in its wastewater infrastructure

Supporting water quality protection
supports great fishing!

Learn more at: www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/

Regulations in red are new this year.

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