DNR highlights fishing rule changes for U.P.

MARQUETTE – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials were reminding anglers of several new fishing regulations which went into affect Monday, including a few affecting Upper Peninsula waters.

DNR officials said fishing regulations are adjusted each year to ensure the state’s fisheries resources are managed properly and to provide the best benefits to anglers and the public.

The DNR fishing guide is produced each spring, providing information on regulations and other information helpful to anglers.

For the upcoming fishing season, the DNR highlighted several new regulations:

  • Bow and spearfishing regulations: Crossbows are included as lawful gear on the waters where bow and arrow use is lawful.
  • Netting regulations: Netting regulations have been modified and some season dates have changed.
  • Muskellunge possession limit change: Only one muskellunge (including tiger muskellunge) may be harvested per season per angler. A new non-transferrable muskellunge harvest tag is required to harvest muskellunge in Michigan waters. The muskellunge harvest tag is free and available at all fishing license vendors.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/muskie.

  • Northern pike fishing regulation changes: Northern pike regulations now include the establishment of a new 24-inch to 34-inch protected-slot-limit with a daily possession of two northern pike on six waters, including Blind Sucker Flooding and Bodi Lake in Luce County.

A new provision has also been added to the no minimum size limit regulation waters where five northern pike may be harvested daily: only one northern pike greater than 24-inches is now allowed as part of the daily possession limit. The general statewide 24-inch minimum size limit with a daily possession of two northern pike is still in effect for all other waters not listed as an exception.

  • Inland Trout and Salmon Regulations: There are five new research streams in the Upper Peninsula where an additional five brook trout may be retained for the daily possession limit. The streams with sections involved include the East Branch of the Huron River in Baraga and Marquette counties; East Branch of the Tahquamenon River in Chippewa County; East Branch of the Ontonagon River in Houghton and Iron counties; Dead River in Marquette County; and the Driggs River in Schoolcraft County.

The regulation changes are detailed further, in red inked sections of the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide, now available at all major retailers and at the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.