It Is Unlawful To
- Possess or transport any live transgenic (genetically engineered) organism or any live specimen of the following non-native fish, crayfish, or freshwater mollusk: bighead carp, black carp, silver carp, grass carp (white amur), members of the snakehead family (Channidae), bitterling, Ide, Japanese weatherfish, rudd, tench, Eurasian ruffe, tubenose goby, round goby, rusty crayfish, zebra mussel or quagga mussel. To do so may result in civil fines up to $10,000.
- Import, plant or transplant live game fish including viable eggs of any game fish without permit.
- Buy or sell fish or parts of fish, reptiles, amphibians or crayfish taken under a sport fishing license.
- Take fish for the sole purpose of removing the eggs.
- Take or attempt to take freshwater mussels (clams or bivalves) whether living or dead, including the shell or parts thereof, from any waters of the state.
- Exception 1: Zebra and quagga mussels may be taken.
- Exception 2: A special cultural or scientific investigation permit may be obtained from the DNR for the taking of freshwater mussels.
- Take, attempt to take, or possess any threatened or endangered species except as authorized by the DNR. For more information, see michigan.gov/fishing and click on Managing Michigan’s Fisheries.
- Use multi-pointed hooks exceeding 3/8″ between point and shank and/or single-pointed hooks exceeding ½” between point and shank on all streams (including tributaries to the Great Lakes) from Aug. 1 to May 31.
- Use lures exceeding one ounce on all streams from Aug. 1 to May 31 except when fishing in the Detroit R., St. Clair R., and St. Marys R.
- Possess or sell a multi-pointed hook with a weight permanently attached.
- Possess illegally taken fish or mutilated fish that cannot be measured or identified.
- Possess more than the Michigan limit when fishing in Michigan waters even if holding licenses from more than one state or province.
- Commercially take, possess, or sell rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) in Michigan.
- Commercially take amphibians or reptiles in Michigan.
- Disturb or remove reptile eggs from the wild without a permit.
- Fish for any species or possess fishing devices along a stream or lake closed to fishing.
- Fish with your hands, firearms, explosives, setlines, poisons or methods other than lawful fishing methods.
- Fish anywhere in a fish ladder or within 100 feet of a lamprey control weir.
- Use a net to take a fish within 100 feet of a dam (landing nets are allowed to secure a legally hooked fish).
- Use a seine for any species other than minnows.
- Use cast nets in any inland water.
- Shoot reptiles or amphibians with a firearm (including spring, air or gas propelled), bow and arrow, or crossbow.
- Have a weight rigidly attached to a multi-pointed hook, or suspended from a multi-point hook.
- Fish on a river, stream or drowned river mouth (See Note 3, Great Lakes Trout & Salmon Regulations) using a weight suspended below any hook unless the hook is on a dropper line (a leader) that is at least 3″ long.
- Deposit litter, fish, offal or any foreign matter in any waters of the state or any lands, private or public.
- Take or attempt to take fish outside of the open season for that species.
- Commercially harvest wigglers from any state waters from Jun. 1 – Sep. 1.
- Snag a fish or retain a fish not legally hooked in the mouth.
- Possess largemouth or smallmouth bass during the Catch-and-Immediate-Release season. See Table 1 General Hook and Line Regulations, Note 2.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.
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