New fishing licenses required as of today

MARQUETTE – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials were reminding anglers that a new fishing license for this season is required beginning today.

Licenses from 2013 expired Monday. The new licenses expire March 31, 2015.

Michigan’s fishing licenses were restructured March 1. There are now five options when making license purchases: Resident annual, $26; non-resident annual, $76; senior annual (for residents age 65 or older), $11; 24-hour (resident or non-resident), $10 and 72-hour (resident or non-resident), $30.

All fishing licenses are good for all species.

Anglers can also purchase the hunt/fish combo license for $76 (resident) and $266 (non-resident), which consists of a base license, annual fishing license and two deer tags. A base license is not required when purchasing just a fishing license.

DNR officials said revenue generated from the new fishing licenses will be invested into Michigan’s fisheries, including greater access to world-class fishing opportunities, improving fisheries habitat in inland lakes and streams, and increasing the health and quantity of fish stocked in state waters.

The DNR Fisheries Division depends primarily on funds received from license sales and federal excise taxes on fishing tackle to manage the state’s fisheries. DNR officials said buying a fishing license, even if you do not plan to fish, can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized freshwaters.

To purchase a fishing license visit a local license retailer or DNR customer service center and make a purchase in person or use the E-License system website to buy a license online anytime. Visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, including the annual DNR fishing regulations guide, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

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