The 2015-16 Michigan Fishing Guide is not up to date on the most current regulations.
That's because they weren't finalized until the Natural Resources Commission met on April 9.
The NRC temporarily lost its regulatory authority, so several changes weren't set in time for the April 1 start to the fishing season.
Fortunately, officials knew that certain regs might not have been set by the time the hard copy of the guide came out. Those areas are marked with an orange star.
Some of the changes include:
- New hook restrictions to protect against salmon snagging in some waters.
- Catch-and-immediate-release (CIR) fishing for bass is now allowed all year, statewide (unless otherwise closed to fishing).
- MH-1 and MH-2 lake trout and splake regulations in Lake Huron have changed the season to Jan. 1-Sept. 30 to align all of Lake Huron into one season.
- Regulations affecting brook trout minimum size limits have changed.
The Michigan NRC adjusts fishing regulations annually to manage fisheries resource and provide the best fishing experience for anglers.