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Exceptions to General Regulations by County

Exceptions to General Regulations by County

Many water bodies have special regulations that differ from the general Hook & Line Fishing (Table 1 ,General Regulations), General Netting (Table 5, General Netting Regulations), and Bow and Spear Fishing regulations (Table 3, Bow & Spear Fishing Regulations. The following is a list of waters, organized by county, with special regulations that are NOT included in the following sections of the Fishing Guide: General Regulations tables cited above; Special Northern Pike and Muskellunge Regulations (see General Regulations); Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Water Regulations; and Sylvania Wilderness Area Regulations (see Michigan-Indiana Border Lakes).

Alger:

Rock R. closed to fishing from dam to lower foot bridge downstream from M-28 Apr. 1 – Jun. 30. Duck and Echo Lks. (Grand Island), catch-and-release on smallmouth bass. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (contact park for regulation specifics 906-387–3700).

Allegan:

Swan Cr. from mouth to dam at 118th Ave. fishing restricted to one single-pointed unweighted hook not more than 3/8″ from point to shank; from mouth upstream to diversion dam (“The Tubes,” T2N, R14W, S9) closed to fishing Sep. 1 – Nov. 30.

Antrim:

Intermediate R. closed to fishing from Bellaire Dam to M-88 Bridge Apr. 1 – May 14.

Arenac:

Saganing Cr. (upstream from State Rd.) and Pine R. (upstream from State Rd.) closed to fishing Mar. 16 – Fri. before last Sat. in Apr.

Baraga:

Lakes of Craig Lake State Park (Clair, Craig, Crooked, Keewaydin, Nelligan, Teddy, and Thomas Lks.) artificial lures only; northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass must be released, minimum size on walleye is 15″, no size limit on other species; possession limit on walleye is 2; otherwise, all general rules apply. Motorboats of all types prohibited on all except Thomas and Keewaydin Lks.; Sturgeon R. from Prickett Dam downstream to mouth of Clear Cr. (T50N, R35W, S12) closed to all fishing Apr. 1 – Jun. 30.

Barry:

Williams L. open season is last Sat. in Apr. – Dec. 15, catch-and-release only.

Bay:

Kawkawlin R. and all tributaries upstream of Euclid Ave., and Saganing Cr. (upstream from State Rd.) and Pine R. (upstream from State Rd.) closed to fishing Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr. On the Kawkawlin R. downstream from Euclid Ave. and the Saginaw R. and all tributaries, the following regulations apply from Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.: unlawful to fish with artificial baits or minnows (except that minnows may be used on both the Saginaw R. main stem and Kawkawlin R. main stem); natural baits may be fished only on a single-pointed hook with not more than 1/2″ between point and shank; weights may not be attached rigidly to hooks; no hook may be attached to the line between any weight and the rod except on an unweighted dropper line at least 3″ long; no beads, spinners or reflectors may be attached to the line within 6″ of any hook.

Benzie:

Platte R. restricted to only one single-pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8″ from point to shank; closed to fishing within 300 ft. of upper (hatchery) weir whenever weir is in place and closed within 300 ft. of lower weir whenever weir is in place; closed to fishing from US-31 bridge at Veteran’s Park downstream to Platte L. Jan. 1 – Mar. 31. Betsie R. closed to fishing all year within 100 feet of lamprey barrier and fish passage facility (T25N, R15W, S2). On all waters of the Betsie R., an artificial lure is defined as a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon. An artificial lure is not a device primarily constructed of lead. From Aug. 1 – Nov. 15, inclusive, terminal fishing gear is restricted to single-pointed, un-weighted hooks, measuring 1/2-inch or less from point to shank or treble hooks 3/8-inch or less from point to shank ONLY when attached to a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon.

Berrien:

Townsend Cr. (T6S, R17W, S19), and the mouth area of Lake Chapin, to a point 100 yards below the Townsend Cr. mouth into Lake Chapin), it is unlawful to use other than one single-pointed, unweighted hook measuring 3/8″ or less from point to shank.

Calhoun:

Harts L. catch-and-release only for all species.

Cass:

Corey and Stone Lks. minimum size limit on largemouth bass is 10″.

Charlevoix:

Medusa Cr. and area of L. Michigan for a radius of 100’ of mouth closed to fishing when weir is in place. Boyne R. from mouth upstream to dam (T32N, R5W, S5) restricted to one single-pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8″ from point to shank. On L. Michigan, within one-half mile of the following islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago: Beaver, Garden, High and Hog the possession season for largemouth and smallmouth bass is Jul. 1 – Dec. 31 and open to bass CIR all year.

Cheboygan:

Mullett L. proper, Cheboygan R. from Mullett L. downstream to Cheboygan Dam (T38N, R1W, S31), and Black R. from Alverno Dam (T37N, R1W, S35) downstream to its confluence with the Cheboygan R. (Cheboygan Co.): The daily possession limit for walleye is 3 and the season for harvest of walleye is May 15 – Mar. 15, inclusive. Cheboygan R., Indian R., or Black R. unlawful to fish during Apr. 1 – Jun. 15 with spear, bow and arrow, crossbow, dip net or gaff. Black R. between Kleber Dam and Red Bridge (T35N, R1E, S5) unlawful to fish in any manner during Oct.1 – Jun. 15. Lower Black R. from Alverno Dam down to Mograin Bridge, no fishing Apr. 1 – May 14. Black L. and tributaries no commercial minnow take; sturgeon fishing prohibited except under special season (Lake Sturgeon Regulations). Douglas L. Pike Marsh closed to fishing when marsh is in operation.

Chippewa:

Potagannissing R. from Potagannissing Dam downstream to Maxton Rd. (T42N, R6E, S15) closed to fishing Mar. 16 – May 14. L. Huron and St. Marys R., yellow perch minimum size is 7″.

Crawford:

Wakeley L. open season Jun. 15 – Aug. 31, catch-and-release fishing with artificial lures only. It shall be unlawful to use or possess live bait, dead bait, organic or processed food or scented material at any time on the shore or water. Jones L. open season Jun. 1 – Sep. 30, catch-and-release fishing with artificial lures only.

Delta:

Little Bay de Noc north of a line drawn from Peninsula Point Lighthouse to the mouth of the Bark R.; no more than 1 walleye 23″ or greater in daily possession limit. Rapid R. Borrow Pit (Stockyard Pond, T40N, R21W, S5) closed to fishing all year.

Dickinson:

See also Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Water Regulations. Fumee L. county ordinance currently prohibits access for the purpose of fishing. Hamilton, Louise, and Mary Lks. no possession of largemouth and smallmouth bass from the last Sat. in May – Jun. 20.

Emmet:

Bear R. from mouth upstream to Lake Street Dam (T34N, R5W, S6) restricted to one single-pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8″ from point to shank.

Genesee:

Flint R. downstream from the Holloway Dam and all tributaries, the following regulations apply from Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.: unlawful to fish with artificial baits or minnows (except that minnows may be used upstream of Hamilton St. Dam and all respective tributaries T7N, R7E, S7); natural baits may be fished only on a single-pointed hook with not more than 1/2″ between point and shank; weights may not be rigidly attached to hooks; no hook may be attached to the line between any weight and the rod except on an unweighted dropper line at least 3″ long; no beads, spinners or reflectors may be attached to the line within 6″ of any hook.

Gogebic:

L. Gogebic the daily possession limit for yellow perch is 25 with no more than 5 yellow perch 12″ or greater. Anglers may possess up to 2 walleye between 13″ – 15″ as part of their daily possession limit of walleye. See also  Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Water Regulations. Sylvania Wilderness Area regulations (see  Michigan-Indiana Border Lakes).

Grand Traverse:

Boardman R. closed to fishing whenever weir is in place from 300’ above to 300’ below. Arbutus and Spider Lks. largemouth and smallmouth bass minimum size limit is 10″.

Iosco:

Au Gres R. from 50’ upstream of Allen Rd. bridge to 500’ downstream closed to all fishing Mar. 16 – Fri. before last Sat. in Apr. E. Br. Au Gres R. between DNR lamprey barrier and Legget Rd. closed to fishing Dec. 1 – Fri. before last Sat. in Apr. Au Sable R. from Foote Dam (including the apron) to 175’ downstream from the dam closed to fishing all year.

Iron:

Winslow L. no possession of walleye. See also  Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Water Regulations. Chicagon L. and L. Ottawa, daily possession limit of whitefish and cisco (lake herring) is 5 in any combination. L. Ottawa no possession of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Fire and Indian Lks. largemouth and smallmouth bass possession limit is 1 fish and minimum size limit is 18″.

Isle Royale National Park:

Michigan fishing laws apply and state license required on L. Superior waters of park. Artificial baits only on inland waters. On L. Superior, within 4.5 miles of Isle Royale, no possession of brook trout. (Contact park for specific regulations 906-482-0984)

Kalkaska:

Cub L. (T27N, R5W, S19) largemouth and smallmouth bass minimum size limit is 10″.

Lake:

Big Bass L. (T20N, R14W, S34) largemouth and smallmouth bass minimum size limit is 10″.

Leelanau:

North Manitou L. bass minimum size limit is 18″, the possession limit is 1; fishing restricted to artificial lures only; live bait, dead or prepared bait, organic or processed food, or scented materials may not be possessed on the water or the shore. Florence L. (S. Manitou Is.) fishing restricted to artificial lures only; live bait, dead or prepared bait, organic or processed food, or scented materials may not be possessed on the water or the shore. No person shall take or attempt to take minnows for personal use from Hatlem’s Cr.

Livingston:

Spring Mill Pond (Island Lake Recreation Area) Mar. 15 – Mar. 31 no fishing; Apr. 1 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr., catch-and-release of trout with artificial lures only; last Sat. in Apr. – Mar. 14 statewide regulations apply. No person shall take or attempt to take minnows for personal use from Kent L. including the Huron R. upstream to the Hubbell Millpond dam in Milford.

Luce:

Unlawful to launch or retrieve motorized vessel (greater than 5 horsepower) from state land on the E. Branch Fox R. from M-28 to the mouth of Cold Cr. Tahquamenon R. and tributaries (upstream from Upper Falls) muskellunge minimum size limit is 38″.

Mackinac:

Mackinac, Shephard, and Flower Bays closed to fishing Mar. 15 – May 14. L. Huron yellow perch minimum size is 7″.

Macomb:

On the Clinton R. cut-off channel (T2N, R13E): from spillway weir to the Harper Rd. Bridge: the following regulations apply from Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.: unlawful to fish with artificial baits or minnows; natural baits may be fished only on a single-pointed hook with not more than 1/2” between point and shank; weights may not be rigidly attached to hooks; no hook may be attached to the line between any weight and the rod except on an unweighted dropper line at least 3” long; no beads, spinners, or reflectors may be attached to the line within 6” of any hook.

Manistee:

Little Manistee R. 300’ above and below the DNR weir is closed to fishing all year; from 300’ above DNR weir to Spencers Bridge closed to fishing Jan. 1 – Mar. 31; also from 300’ below DNR weir to mouth closed to fishing Sep. 1 – Nov. 14 and Jan. 1 – Mar. 31. South end of Manistee L. (south of a line from red post 100 ft. south of boat launch on east side of lake to a red post near south end of Packaging Corp. on west side of lake), closed to fishing Sep. 6 – Oct. 15 or to when the quota of Chinook eggs has been taken. On all waters of the Betsie R., all waters of Bear Cr. (Manistee Co.), and the Manistee R. from Tippy Dam downstream to Railroad Bridge below M-55 (T21N, R16W, S6), an artificial lure is defined as a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon. An artificial lure is not a device primarily constructed of lead. From Aug. 1 – Nov. 15, inclusive, terminal fishing gear is restricted to single-pointed, un-weighted hooks, measuring 1/2-inch or less from point to shank or treble hooks 3/8-inch or less from point to shank ONLY when attached to a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon.

Marquette:

Deer L. Basin, Carp R. downstream from M-28 (T47N, R27W, S4), and all other tributaries to Deer L. Basin fishing restricted to artificial lures, catch-and-release only; live bait, dead or prepared bait, organic or processed food, or scented materials may not be possessed on the water or the shore. Fish L. largemouth and smallmouth bass minimum size 18″ and possession limit is 1 bass only. Salmon-Trout R., from Lower Falls to mouth closed to fishing Aug. 15 – Fri. before last Sat. in Apr.

Mason:

On the Sable R. from mouth upstream to Hamlin Lake Dam, an artificial lure is defined as a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon. An artificial lure is not a device primarily constructed of lead. From Aug. 1 – Nov. 15, inclusive, terminal fishing gear is restricted to single-pointed, un-weighted hooks, measuring 1/2-inch or less from point to shank or treble hooks 3/8-inch or less from point to shank ONLY when attached to a body bait, plug, spinner or spoon.

Menominee:

Michigan waters of Green Bay: see note 3, General Regulations. See also  Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Water Regulations.

Midland:

Tittabawassee R. between Sanford Dam and mouth of the Salt R. and between Dow Dam and Gordonville Bridge, closed to fishing from Mar. 16 – Fri. before last Sat. in Apr. On the Chippewa, Pine, Salt, and Tittabawassee R. and all their tributaries the following regulations apply from Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.: unlawful to fish with artificial baits or minnows; natural baits may be fished only on a single-pointed hook with not more than 1/2″ between point and shank; weights may not be rigidly attached to hooks; no hook may be attached to the line between any weight and the rod except on an unweighted dropper line at least 3″ long; no beads, spinners or reflectors may be attached to the line within 6″ of any hook.

Montmorency:

East Fish, West Fish, and Middle Fish Lks., Fuller Cr. Pond, Hunt Cr. (above Section Z bulkhead T29N, R2E, S25), and Fuller Cr. (in the Hunt Cr. Trout Research Station Area), no fishing. North and South Blue Lks., open season is the last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30, catch-and-release only, artificial lures only.

Newaygo:

Baptist L., no possession of walleye, channel catfish, flathead catfish or bullheads; Brush and Sand Lks. no possession of channel catfish, flathead catfish or bullheads.

Oakland:

Upper Bushman L. catch-and-release only for all species. No person shall take or attempt to take minnows for personal use from Kent L. including the Huron R. upstream to the Hubbell Millpond Dam in Milford.

Oceana:

No person shall take or attempt to take minnows for personal use from Silver L. and all tributaries.

Ontonagon:

L. Gogebic the daily possession limit for yellow perch is 25 with no more than 5 yellow perch 12″ or greater. Anglers may possess up to 2 walleye between 13″ – 15″ as part of their daily possession limit of walleye. W. Br. Ontonagon R. from confluence with Victoria Hydro tailrace upstream to Victoria Dam is closed to fishing Apr. 1 – Jun. 10. Lake of the Clouds fishing restricted to artificial lures only. It shall be unlawful to use or possess live bait, dead bait, organic or processed food or scented material at any time on the shore or water. No spearing, no possession of smallmouth bass. Ontonagon R. no more than 1 walleye over 25″ may be possessed in the daily possession limit.

Otsego:

Otsego L. Pike Marsh closed to fishing whenever marsh is in operation. Otsego L. see   Lake Sturgeon Regulations.

Presque Isle:

Clinton Cr. closed to fishing Apr. 1 – May 14. Grand L. Pike Marsh unlawful for any person other than state employee to use or operate a motorized vehicle on the access road leading from US-23 to the Grand L. Pike Marsh during Mar. – May, closed to fishing whenever marsh is operating. Rainy R. from confluence with Black L. upstream to N. Allis Rd. Bridge (T35N, R2E, S15) closed to fishing Apr. 1 – May 14. Shuberts Cr. (Monaghan Cr.) from Long L. upstream to Clinton Cr. Rd. (T33N, R7E, S14), closed to fishing Apr. 1 – May 14. Swan R. from 300’ above weir to mouth closed to fishing whenever weir is in place.

Roscommon:

Backus Cr. from confluence with Cut R. upstream to Little Mud L. Dam closed to fishing Mar. 23 – Apr. 23. Cut R. from confluence with Backus Cr. upstream to outlet at Marl L. closed to fishing Mar. 23 – Apr. 23.

St. Joseph:

Big Pleasant and Corey Lks. minimum size limit for largemouth bass is 10″.

Saginaw:

On the Bad, Cass, Flint, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Tittabawassee Rivers and all their tributaries the following regulations apply from Mar. 16 – Fri. before the last Sat. in Apr.: unlawful to fish with artificial baits or minnows, except that minnows may be used on the Saginaw R., Swan Cr. and tributaries, and the Bad R. and tributaries upstream from confluence with Pickerel Cr. (T10N, R3E, S4); natural baits may be fished only on a single-pointed hook with not more than 1/2″ between point and shank; weights may not be attached rigidly to hooks; no hook may be attached to the line between any weight and the rod except on an unweighted dropper line at least 3″ long; no beads, spinners or reflectors may be attached to the line within 6″ of any hook.

Schoolcraft:

Thompson Cr. closed to use of hand nets. Seney National Wildlife Refuge waters have limited fishing, contact Refuge office (906-586-9851). On the Big Island Lakes Complex (Big Island, Bluegill, Blush, Byers, Coattail, Klondyke, McInnes, Mid, Townline, and Vance) no wheeled or motorized vehicles (including electric or outboard motors) are allowed; artificial lures only; no spearing, no netting, and use of live bait prohibited; muskellunge and northern pike open season May 15 – Nov. 30, minimum size limit 42″, and possession limit is 1 northern pike; muskellunge (including tiger muskellunge) is limited to 1 fish per year per angler and anglers must have a muskellunge harvest tag to harvest a muskellunge (see  Common Terms); bass fishing is open from Sat. before Memorial Day – Nov. 30, minimum size limit 18″, and possession limit is 1; perch, bluegill, and pumpkinseed open season is from last Sat. in Apr. – Nov. 30, possession limit is 5 fish in combination; all other fish no open season. Unlawful to launch or retrieve motorized vessel (greater than 5 horsepower) from state land on the E. Branch Fox R. from M-28 to the mouth of Cold Cr.

Van Buren:

S. Branch Black R. and all tributaries upstream of Breedsville (Mill Str.) restricted to only one single-pointed, unweighted hook no larger than 3/8″ from point to shank.

Washtenaw:

Huron R. from Mast Rd. Bridge in Dexter (T1S, R5E, S32) downstream to Delhi Rd. Bridge (T2S, R5E, S2) catch-and-release only on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Horseshoe L. largemouth bass possession limit is 1, minimum size is 14″; northern pike possession limit is 1, sunfish (Note 5, General Regulations) possession limit is 10.

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