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DNR reminds fishermen of 2018 fishing license season

A new fishing license is required April 1 to coincide with the 2018 fishing season. Anglers can pick up a license - and a 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide - at retailers located across the state. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- The nicer weather means more people will be out fishing and the Department of Natural Resources is reminding fishermen of the 2018 fishing license season.

The season kicks off on April 1, which is the same date for the new fishing regulation cycle.

Anglers have eight options to choose from when making their purchases. All fishing licenses are good for all species.

The prices are as follows:

  • Resident annual - $26
  • Nonresident annual - $76
  • Senior annual (for residents age 65 or older) - $11
  • 24-hour (resident or nonresident) - $10
  • 72-hour (resident or nonresident) - $30
  • Resident combo hunt/fish (base, annual fishing, two deer) - $76
  • Senior resident combo hunt/fish (base, annual fishing, two deer) - $43
  • Nonresident combo hunt/fish (base, annual fishing, two deer) - $266

The DNR said there are also regulation changes in 2018, which will create many new fishing opportunities for anglers.

The new regulations will go into effect April 1 and include the following:

  • Muskellunge harvest season has changed statewide to the first Saturday in June and includes a new catch-and-immediate-release season open all year.
  • A new suite of waters has been added where anglers may retain an additional five brook trout in their daily possession limit of trout (10 brook trout possession waters)

A new registration system has also been put in place for anglers who harvest a lake sturgeon or muskellunge.

The lake sturgeon fishing permit and harvest tag and the muskellunge harvest tags are no longer required or available.

The DNR said an angler who harvests a lake sturgeon or muskellunge is now required to report the harvest within 24 hours, either online, by calling the toll-free number 844-345-FISH (3474) or in person at any Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center during normal state business hours with advance notice of arrival.

For more information on Michigan fishing licenses and regulation changes, look below.

There are two ways to buy a fishing license in Michigan:

1. Visit a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center and make a purchase in person.

2. Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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