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Fishing Seasons

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2014-2015 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 2014 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 Lower Peninsula waters, including Great Lakes

April 26 –

May 23

General Hook & Line Regulations

Catch-and-immediate-release on Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

April 26 – June 20

General Hook & Line Regulations

Catch-and-immediate-release on Upper Peninsula waters, including Great Lakes

May 15 – May 23

General Hook & Line Regulations

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

May 24 – December 31

General Hook & Line Regulations

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

June 21 – December 31

General Hook & Line Regulations

Muskellunge

Lower Peninsula Great Lakes

Open All Year

General Hook & Line Regulations

Lower Peninsula inland waters

April 26 – March 15

General Hook & Line Regulations

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

May 15 – Mar. 15

General Hook & Line Regulations

Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

June 7 – December 15

General Hook & Line Regulations

Northern Pike & Walleye

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

Open All Year

General Hook & Line Regulations

Lower Peninsula inland waters

April 26 – March 15

General Hook & Line Regulations

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

May 15 – Mar. 15

General Hook & Line Regulations

Salmon & Trout

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

Open All Year

Great Lakes Trout & Salmon Regulations or Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake Regulations

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

Open All Year

Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations

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

April 26 – September 30

Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations

Gear Restricted streams

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

Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake – See Table 4

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

Waters open for fishing

Open All Year

General Hook & Line Regulations

Lake Sturgeon – See Table 2 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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