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Major Regulation Changes

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Major Regulation Changes
New regulations appear in red text throughout the guide.

NOTE: Several regulations were not able to be finalized prior to printing this guide. They are identified by use of the following symbol (). Check online after April 1, 2015 for the most up-to-date information:

License Items & Fees

  • A discount of 10% has been approved for non-resident annual fishing licenses for 2015.

Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters

  • Lac Vieux Desert walleye limit now is 3

Inland Trout & Salmon Regulations


  • Bass season

Lake Michigan

  • Lake trout changes
  • Early walleye boundary change

Lake Huron

  • Lake trout and splake season change

Special Hook Size Regulations

  • New restrictions

As of March 1, 2014, the price and structure of fishing licenses have changed. The current structure creates a simpler, more fair and efficient license buying process. All fishing licenses are “all species” licenses. There is no longer a restricted license type. A $1 surcharge is added to the combination hunt and fish licenses, resident annual, nonresident annual, and resident senior annual all-species fishing licenses, as noted with the asterisk*. Revenue generated from these funds will be used to educate the public on the benefits of hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan, and the impact of these activities on the conservation, preservation and management of the state’s natural resources in accordance with statute. Learn more at

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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