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Major Regulation Changes

Fishing Regulations Michigan Freshwater Fishing

New regulations appear in red text throughout the guide.

NOTE: Always check online for the most recent information: or call 888-367-7060 for a pre-recorded message.


  • Chumming is prohibited in all types 1, 2, 3 and 4 streams

  • Minnows collected for personal use are restricted to the waterbody where caught

  • Bass, northern pike, walleye and flathead catfish limits are no longer combined (p. 12)
  • New bass tournament registration requirement (see General Bulletins)

Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters

Lake Michigan

Saginaw Bay (MH-4) and Saginaw R. up to Center Street Bridge

Lake Gogebic Walleye

Ontonagon R. Walleye

Special Hook Size Regulations

  • New artificial lure restrictions placed on Betsie R., Bear Cr., Manistee R., and Big Sable R. (See Common Terms).

NOTICE: This website is not a legal notice or a complete collection of fishing regulations and laws. It is a condensed guide issued for anglers’ convenience. Copies of Michigan’s regulations can be obtained from our website,

Michigan’s Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species

The state is doing many things to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Michigan’s waters to keep our rivers, lakes and streams world-class. Three specific efforts include grants, increasing awareness and reporting.

  1. Invasive Species Grant Program – $3.6 million has been dedicated to fund projects that prevent, monitor and respond and eradicate new and current invasive species.
  2. Attention anglers! You are our first line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species! We need your help, go online to to learn about what you can do.
  3. If you see something strange – report it! Take a photo of the species in question and contact the DNR through

Learn more about Aquatic Invasive Plants and Animals.