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Fishing regulations changed

NORTHERN MICHIGAN – The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently approved several new fishing regulations during a meeting in Escanaba. These updates take effect immediately:

Here’s a summary of the changes:

Statewide Changes:
The term “attempting to take” related to fishing for Arctic grayling has been eliminated. This allows anglers to catch and release Arctic grayling immediately, although possessing the species is still not allowed.

The wording for northern pike regulations has been revised. Now, anglers can catch up to five northern pike of any size on certain waters, but only one can be 24 inches or greater.

New Waters for Northern Pike Fishing:

Several new waters were added where the updated northern pike rule applies. The list includes Black Lake tributaries and Black Lake River in Cheboygan County, Chain Lake in Iosco County, and Dawson Lake in Iron County. Norway and Rock lakes in Dickinson County and Lake Ann in Menominee County have also been included.

Additional Regulation Updates:
Dowagiac River: The boundary for Type 4 trout regulations shifted from “Niles Dam site” to “from source downstream” since the dam no longer exists.
Reid Lake in Alcona County was removed from Type B trout regulations.
Youngs Lake in Luce County was removed from Type A trout regulations.
Half Moon Lake in Muskegon County was taken off Type C trout regulations.

To keep up with these changes, the online Michigan Fishing Guide and the regulations hotline (888-367-7060) will be updated accordingly.

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