The following illustrations show a few of the most serious aquatic nuisance species threatening Michigan:
Adult bighead and silver carp are large fish that can be easily identified by the position of their eyes. Both species have eyes that are below a line from the fork of the tail to the mouth. Juvenile Asian carp can be easily confused with minnows and you may find one in your bait bucket.
If you believe you have seen or caught an Asian carp, DO NOT RELEASE IT. Please visit michigan.gov/asiancarp to fill out an online Asian carp reporting form, or call us at 517-284-5830.
Anglers and boaters can help prevent the spread of fish diseases and other aquatic invasive species by taking the following steps:
Natural resource managers are concerned about introduction of new species and have set up an Angler’s Monitoring Network to report any discoveries. Anglers should save and report unidentified fish to the nearest DNR Customer Service Center.
If you have any questions, contact an Customer Service Center or visit
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.