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Anglers approached to help with Musky survey

REGION- The statewide muskellunge possession season began June 3. Don’t forget to participate in the muskellunge angler survey to help Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologists obtain valuable data on this important sport fish.

“Muskellunge are difficult to survey, so biologists are dependent upon information provided by anglers to help us manage this species, says DNR fisheries biologist Neal Godby in Gaylord.  “Angler survey reports give us insight into the relative abundance of muskellunge in a waterbody, size structure of the population, and whether the muskellunge in that waterbody are creating a fishery.”

The DNR’s online muskellunge angler survey gathers information about muskellunge angler demographics and catch data, such as length of fish caught, angler effort, water body fished and methods used. Since 2014, fisheries managers have used survey data to recommend fishing regulation changes to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, evaluate the muskellunge stocking program and understand more about self-sustaining populations. The survey is your opportunity to contribute to the proper management of this species.

Whether your trip results in a muskellunge catch or not, you can offer valuable information about your fishing experience in Michigan waters. The survey is limited to one entry per person, per trip. However, we encourage you to complete a survey for every fishing trip you target or encounter muskellunge.

Muskellunge season is open to catch and immediate release year-round, with the possession season opening statewide on the first Saturday in June. For additional season dates and fish length lengths, see the 2023 Michigan Fishing Guide.

As a reminder, anglers are limited to taking only one muskellunge per license year and are required to register their harvest by calling 888-636-7778, online at Michigan.gov/RegisterFish, or on the new Michigan DNR Hunt Fish mobile app.

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