The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) today reminded anglers that the new fishing license season begins Monday, April 1. All 2012 fishing licenses expire on March 31, 2013. Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses, and all prices from 2012 remain unchanged.
Fishing license options include:
- 24-hour license (good for all species)
- 72-hour license (good for all species)
- Restricted license (good for the entire season for all species except trout, salmon, lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans)
- All-species license (good for the entire season for all species)
License fee details and all Michigan fishing regulations are available in the online version of the 2013 Fishing Guide.
Fees from Michigan fishing licenses fund a variety of activities, including fish management work on Michigan’s waters, habitat rehabilitation and protection, fish stocking, information distribution, education and outreach efforts to anglers and the public, etc. Fisheries Division does not receive any general funds and depends on fees from license sales and federal excise tax dollars for fishing tackle to manage Michigan’s fisheries. The purchase of a fishing license, even for someone who does not plan to fish, can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized waters and fisheries.
There are three simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:
1. Visit a local license retailer or DNR Operations Service Center and make a purchase in person.
2. Use the E-License system to purchase a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.
3. Visit the Mobile Fish website on your smartphone at www.mi.gov/fish to buy a 24-hour all-species fishing license. All you need is your driver’s license number and a credit or debit card.
SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA FISHING REPORT
Ice fishing is mostly done for the southern Lower Peninsula, but still going strong in northern Michigan. Steelhead runs are underway on some area streams. White suckers have been slowly showing but the suckers have been slow to show up.
Huron River: Is producing some steelhead and white suckers. Any walleye taken need to be released immediately as the season closed on March 15th.
Detroit River: Walleye anglers are fishing the lower river including the Trenton Channel. Catch rates were slow as water temperatures are still quite cold. Perch were caught in the canals around Grosse Ile and Gibraltar.
Lake St. Clair: The slow start to spring has really stalled fishing. Most of the ramps are open however the Parks and Recreation Division have not yet installed the skid piers at the DNR sites. Windy conditions will have the lake stirred up for a few days. Look for catch rates to improve by the weekend.
Harbor Beach: The ice is not safe. The Edison Channel is all open water.
Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions are quickly deteriorating, but anglers staying close to shore are getting some perch. Ice fishing continued off Palmer Road however catch rates were hit-or-miss for six to eight inch perch. Small bluegills, crappie and perch were caught in the basin of the Eagle Harbor Marina. Last-ice perch anglers caught fish in five feet of water off Newman and Newburg Roads. Average was 10 to 25 fish for those using minnows and beads.
A few perch were caught off the State Park however the honeycombed ice is not encouraging. Be extremely careful. Not much going on east of Bay City as the ice is bad with lots of holes, thin spots or ice that has piled up. A few boat anglers looking for perch were going out of Quanicassee but success was spotty. Those fishing the marinas at Sebewaing, Bay Port and Caseville have caught a few perch.