Resources to help you get started

  • Family Friendly Fishing Waters icon Family Friendly Fishing

    Fishing spots that are family friendly, easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish.

  • weekly fishing report icon Weekly Fishing Report

    This weekly report is intended to give you an idea of fishing conditions around the state.

  • license information icon License Info

    Information on who needs a license, how much they cost and where you can buy them.

  • fishing icon Fishing Home Page

    Visit the fishing home page for more information about fishing in Michigan.

  • Great Lakes icon Great Lakes Fishing Roadmaps

    Prime fishing sites on the Great Lakes and times of year when great opportunities exist.

  • Trout Trails icon Trout Trails

    Biologist-verified great trout waters with site descriptions, regulations and more.

  • icon for free fishing weekend Free Fishing Weekends

    Two weekends each year are designated as Free Fishing Weekend. No license needed!

  • kids fishing info icon Kid-Friendly Fishing Info

    Find fun activities for kids and sign up for our Fish Bites newsletter, dedicated to kids.


Learn to fish videos

  • Fishing safety and etiquette

  • Choosing the right equipment

  • How to: Fishing for Panfish

  • How to: Baiting Fish

  • How to: Catch and Release

  • Clean and care for your catch