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Fishing Seasons

Fishing Regulations Michigan Freshwater Fishing

2016-2017 Fishing Season

This table provides general hook-and-line fishing seasons/dates for the species listed. There are many other fishing regulations associated with these species and seasons.
Please refer to the rest of the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide for regulations concerning size limits, possession limits, and other restrictions.

Species

Season Dates

More Info.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

Catch-and-immediate-release on all waters

Open for Entire Year (2016 & 2017)

See 

General Regulations

Catch-and-keep on all waters, including Great Lakes

May 28 – December 31 (2016) & May 27 – December 31 (2017)

See 

General Regulations

Catch-and-keep on Lake St. Clair
& St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

June 18 – December 31 (2016)
& June 17 – December 31 (2017)

See 

General Regulations

Muskellunge

Lower Peninsula Great Lakes

Open for Entire Year (2016 & 2017)

See 

General Regulations

Lower Peninsula inland waters

April 30 – March 15 (2016) & April 29 – March 15 (2017)

See 

General Regulations

Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters
& St. Marys River

May 15 – March 15 (2016 & 2017)

See 

General Regulations

Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

June 4 – December 15 (2016)
& June 3 – December 15 (2017)

See 

General Regulations

Northern Pike & Walleye

Lower Peninsula Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair
& St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

Open for Entire Year (2016 & 2017)

See 

General Regulations

Lower Peninsula inland waters

April 30 – March 15 (2016) & April 29 – March 15 (2017)

See 

General Regulations

Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters
& St. Marys River

May 15 – March 15 (2016 & 2017)

See 

General Regulations

Salmon & Trout

Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Marys River,
St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

Open for Entire Year (See Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake row below as well) (2016 & 2017)

See Great Lakes Trout & Salmon Fishing Regulations and Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations

(Inland) Type 3 & 4 streams and Type B, C, E & F lakes

Open for Entire Year (2016 & 2017)

See 

Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations

(Inland) Type 1 & 2 streams and Type A & D lakes

April 30 – Sept. 30 (2016)
& April 29 – Sept. 30 (2017)

See 

Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations

Gear Restricted streams

Please see  Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations for information concerning seasons on these streams.

Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Cisco (Lake Herring), Lake Whitefish, Smelt, Sunfishes, White Bass, Yellow Perch & Other Species

All waters open for fishing

Open for Entire Year (2016 & 2017)

See   General Regulations

Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake – See Table 4, Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations

Lake Sturgeon – See Table 2,  Lake Sturgeon Regulations