NEW FISHING REGULATIONS TAKE EFFECT APRIL 1|
LANSING--The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers
that a few important changes to Michigan's fishing
regulations will take effect April 1.
* Walleye--Lake Erie: The daily possession limit is raised
to six walleye.
* Lake trout--Great Lakes: Several changes have been made to
the lake trout size limits and fishing zones as part of the
agreement concerning treaty fishing rights in the Great
Lakes. Please refer to pages 19-21 in the 2001 Michigan
Fishing Guide for details. The guide will be available on-
line April 1 at www.michigandnr.com or where fishing
licenses are sold.
* Bass season--Lake Michigan: The open season for largemouth
and smallmouth bass on Lake Michigan, within one-half mile
of Beaver, Garden, High and Hog islands is July 1-31.
A change to the number of fishing rods that anglers may use
on the Great Lakes went into effect last September. Anglers
trolling for trout and salmon on Lake Michigan, Lake Huron,
Lake Superior and the St. Marys River may use three lines or
three single rods and lines. No more than six hooks total
may be attached on all lines. These changes do not apply to
Anglers also are reminded to review the "Exception to
General Regulations by County" section in the 2001 Michigan
Fishing Guide before they go fishing. Many water bodies have
special regulations that may be more restrictive (or more
liberal) than the general regulations for hook and line
fishing, bow and spear fishing or netting.