Saturday, April 6, 2024

 Michigan’s new fishing licenses now available for purchase 

Michigan's new fishing license and regulation season kicked off this past April 1st, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new license for this fishing season in order to enjoy some great fishing opportunities. The 2024 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2025. 

Fishing licenses can be purchased at or by downloading the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app and purchasing your license through the app. Michigan DNR Hunt Fish, an official app of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, gives you a mobile path to buy and store hunting, fishing, ORV and snowmobile licenses and permits, report harvests, access guides and digests, and get the latest outdoor recreation updates. Make future online fishing license purchases even quicker by selecting auto-renew at checkout to automatically receive licenses in the future. Licenses are also available at a number of retail outlets. 

2024 fishing seasons 

     · The statewide trout opener and the Lower Peninsula inland                 walleye and northern pike seasons all open Saturday, April 27. 

     · In Upper Peninsula waters, the walleye and northern pike                   seasons open Monday, May 15. 

     · Michigan’s muskellunge possession season on all Great Lakes,           inland waters, the St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair and the St.              Clair and Detroit rivers opens Saturday, June 1. (Remember that        catch-and-release fishing for muskellunge is open all year.) 

    · The catch-and-immediate-release season for largemouth and              smallmouth bass is open all year on nearly all waters (unless              otherwise closed to fishing – check the current Michigan Fishing        Regulations for specifics). 

    · The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May          25, except for Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers          which open Saturday, June 15. 

The 2024 Michigan Fishing Regulations and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available online along with a lot of other helpful fishing information. Visit the DNR website at for the most up-to-date information. For fishing license questions, contact DNR eLicense at or call 517-284-6057. 

Help protect Michigan's waters 

Remember to start and end each fishing adventure by doing your part to prevent the spread of invasive species. Start with a clean boat and clean gear. End by cleaning debris and plant material from boats and trailers and draining live wells and bilges. Decontaminate waders and gear by applying a chemical disinfectant such as Formula409® Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner after each use, and prevent the spread of fish diseases by disposing of leftover bait in the trash.

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