New Muskie and Northern Pike Regulation Changes; DNR Fisheries Meetings

The Department of Natural Resources announced that new muskellunge and northern pike regulations will go into effect for all anglers on April 1, 2013. In Michigan, only one muskellunge (including tiger muskellunge) may be harvested per season per angler. Anglers who would like to harvest muskellunge must have a new muskellunge harvest tag, available March 1, 2013.

Muskellunge harvest tags are free and available at all license vendors. Anglers are not required to obtain this harvest tag to fish for muskellunge; it’s only for those anglers that intend to harvest a muskellunge.

New northern pike regulations will also go into effect on April 1, 2013. Northern pike regulations now include the establishment of a new 24-inch to 34-inch protected slot limit (PSL) regulation on several waters. A new provision has been added to waters where up to five northern pike may be taken. This provision restricts harvest to only one northern pike greater than 24 inches allowed as part of the daily possession limit of five pike on those waters.

For more information on fishing for muskellunge and northern pike in Michigan, please review the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide, particularly Note 7 in the General Hook and Line Regulations. As always, the guide is available in retail stores and online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide.

There will also be an opportunity to learn more about these new regulations and other proposed local regulations at DNR meetings beginning this week:

Public meetings to be held in March and April to discuss fishing regulations 

The Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division has announced public meetings to be held throughout Michigan to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.

Meeting dates, times and locations include:

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center located at 6087 E. M-115 in Cadillac, hosted by the Central Lake Michigan Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST) at the Portage Library located at 300 Library Lane in Portage, hosted by the Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bay City State Recreation Area’s Visitors’ Center located at 3582 State Park Dr. in Bay City, hosted by the Southern Lake Huron Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST) at Cheboygan Sportsman Club located at 13516 Seffren Rd. in Cheboygan, hosted by the Northern Lake Huron Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, April 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Ishpeming Township Hall located at 1575 U.S. 41 in Ishpeming hosted, by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
  • Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST)/7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Gogebic Community College located at E. 4946 Jackson Rd. in Ironwood, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
  • Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.
  • Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Clinton-Macomb Public Library located at 40900 Romeo Plank Rd. in Clinton Township, hosted by the Lake Erie Management Unit.
  • Monday, April 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Sydney’s Restaurant located at 400 Cedar St. in Munising, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Tahquamenon Area Public Library located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.
  • Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bay College Heirman Center located at 2001 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.
  • Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST) at Bay College West located at 2801 N. U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.

For more information on these meetings, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

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