Species Season Dates
 

April

May

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

March

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

Catch-and-immediate-release on all waters

Open for Entire Year 

Catch-and-keep on all waters, including Great Lakes

 

May 26 – December 31 

     

Catch-and-keep on Lake St. Clair
& St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

   

June 16 - December 31

     

Muskellunge

Catch-and-immediate-release on all waters

Open for Entire Year

All Great Lakes and inland waters and St. Marys River

   

June 2 - March 15

Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters
& St. Marys River

 

May 15 – March 15

Northern Pike & Walleye

Lower Peninsula Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair
& St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

Open for Entire Year 

Lower Peninsula inland waters

April 28 – March 15

Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters
& St. Marys River

 

May 15 – March 15

Salmon & Trout

Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, St. Marys River,
St. Clair & Detroit Rivers

Open for Entire Year (See Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake row below as well)

(Inland) Type 3 & 4 streams and Type B, C, E & F lakes

Open for Entire Year 

(Inland) Type 1 & 2 streams and Type A & D lakes

April 28 – Sept. 30

           

Gear Restricted streams

See the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide

Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Cisco (Lake Herring), Lake Whitefish, Smelt, Sunfishes, White Bass, Yellow Perch & Other Species

All waters open for fishing

Open for Entire Year 

Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake – see the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide

Lake Sturgeon - see the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide