Fishing season kicks into high gear with quickly approaching openers

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources would like to remind anglers to get ready for the opening of three fishing seasons this Saturday, April 27. The statewide trout season; the Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons; and the catch-and-immediate-release bass season for all Lower Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes all open on the 27th.

Anglers are reminded that in Upper Peninsula waters; the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons and the catch-and immediate-release bass season open on Wednesday, May 15. A new muskellunge harvest tag is required to harvest a muskellunge or tiger muskellunge in Michigan waters. The harvest tag is available at all retail license vendors and DNR Customer Service Centers. Check the Michigan Fishing Guide or visit www.michigan.gov/muskie for more information.

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

The new license season began on April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2013 fishing licenses are valid until March 31, 2014.

The 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide and inland trout and salmon maps are available online – visit the DNR website atwww.michigan.gov/fishingguide for more information.

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