A fish disease known as Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) was discovered in Michigan waters. In an attempt to slow the spread of fish diseases like VHS, the following regulations have been put into place. NOTE: the regulations in effect concern only those species listed on the right. Be sure to check michigan.gov/vhs for the most up-to-date regulations and information.
Baitfish Exclusion Zones
The following locations are vital to hatchery operations and require greater protection. Therefore, baitfish shall not be used or possessed on the following waters:
Benzie County: Brundage Cr. and tribs., Kinney Cr. and Stanley Cr., from its confluence with the Platte R. (T26N, R13W, S7), to their headwaters, including Brundage Spring Pond.
Chippewa County: Pendills L. (T47N, R4W, S25, 26) including tributary Pendills Cr. downstream to its confluence with L. Superior (T47N, R4W, S28). Sullivan Cr. from its headwaters (T46N, R4W, S32) downstream to its confluence with the N. Br. of the Pine R. (T45N, R4W, S23). Viddian Cr. from its headwaters (T47N, R4W, S32) downstream to its confluence with Pendills Cr. (T47N, R4W, S28).
Marquette County: Cherry Cr. from the location of the Cherry Creek Rd. (T47N, R24W, S18) to the headwaters at County Rd 480 (T47N, R25W, S22).
General Statewide Provisions
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Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.