Enjoy the videos below focused on Michigan's world-class fisheries!

Buy a Fishing License!

Going Fishing in Michigan Videos

Fisheries Management / Field Work Videos

Legally Licensed: Conservation Benefits of Buying A Fishing License

This short video serves as an education and outreach tool intended to inform recreational fishers of the importance and conservation benefits of obtaining a state-issued fishing license prior to participating in the abundance of world-famous recreational fishing opportunities in Michigan. This video was prepared as part of a Michigan State University (MSU) graduate seminar course, entitled "Telling your Story: Communicating Research to Diverse Audiences." This video was created by Molly J. Good, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at MSU.

Michigan's New License Structure: What's In It For You

Going Fishing in Michigan Videos

Catch a Michigan Muskie
If you haven't fished muskies in Michigan, you haven't fished. Full-time sport fishing guide, Captain Steve Jones, shows why muskie fishing is Pure Michigan.

Catch-and-Release Fishing
Catch-and-release fishing has been an important part of recreational angling for many decades, but the practice has approached critical mass in recent years. Learn all about the proper ways to catch-and-release fish by watching our instructional video, linked below.

Want to read more about catch-and-release fishing? Check out our online article that provides lots of details!

Catching the Elusive Muskie
Check out this video by Pure Michigan that highlights muskellunge fishing in Michigan!

Equipment for Fly Fishing in Michigan
This video from Pure Michigan highlights the equipment you might need to fly fish in Michigan.

Fishing in Michigan: A Pure Michigan Summer
This video is courtesy of Pure Michigan. With four Great Lakes, more than 11,000 inland lakes, and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan is an anglers dream with no end to the places to cast your line.

Fishing Safety & Etiquette
Fishing in Michigan is fun - but there is always the potential for accidents or misunderstandings with other anglers. But following super simple safety and etiquette rules can help keep all anglers happy and healthy!

Gone Fishing
Fishing is a favorite pastime in Michigan. Watch the video below and see why!

How-To Videos (General Fishing Basics)

How-To Videos (Ice Fishing Basics)

Ice Fishing: A Pure Michigan Winter
Ice fishing is Pure Michigan. During the winter, the state's four Great Lakes, more than 11,000 inland lakes and hundreds of rivers and streams provide anglers with the perfect location to ice fish for bluegill, perch, pike and walleye. Watch as avid ice fisher and DNR employee, Scott Heintzelman, takes you to his favorite spot and shows you what Pure Michigan ice fishing is all about.

Kevin VanDam & Michigan Fishing
This video is courtesy of Pure Michigan. Professional bass angler Kevin VanDam takes you on a fishing trip around Michigan.

Michigan Fresh Water: Find Your Perfect Spot
This video, from Pure Michigan, highlights Michigan fishing at its finest.

Michigan's Catch & Cook Program
This video is courtesy of Pure Michigan.

Online Fishing Tools
There are a few steps to take to explore Michigan's world-class fisheries - and the DNR has some online tools that can help!

Pure Michigan Fishing
This video is courtesy of Pure Michigan. Watch and see why Michigan is a premier fishing destination!

Pure Michigan: Salmon Fishing
This is courtesy of Pure Michigan.

Salmon Fishing in Grand Rapids
This video highlights the salmon fishery available in the city of Grand Rapids. It is courtesy of Michigan citizen John Hamstra.

Fisheries Management / Field Work Videos

On April 30, 2013, the DNR offered a livestream forum on fisheries management and general fishing rules, regulations and opportunities throughout the state. The public was invited to submit questions via Facebook and Twitter prior to and during the event, with staff (Law Enforcement Division Assistant Chief Dean Molnar; Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit supervisor Jay Wesley; and fisheries biologist and regulatory affairs specialist Nick Popoff) discussing those questions.

These DNR Live programs are one way the DNR is working to better communicate with our customers. This is the video from the DNR Live: FISH livestream event.

Egg-Take Operations at Little Manistee River Weir
Are you interested in what happens at the Little Manistee River Weir each fall? It's the Chinook salmon egg-take! Watch the video that teaches you about these efforts.

Video courtesy of Manistee News.

Fish Cribs
This video highlights a fish crib project in the Upper Peninsula. Video provided by Brian Whitens, Media Productions. An excerpt from Discovering program on WLUC TV6.

Fish Stocking in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
This video highlights the work of Thompson and Marquette State Fish Hatcheries and the DNR's fish stocking efforts. Video provided by Brian Whitens, Media Productions. An excerpt from Discovering program on WLUC TV6.

Great Lakes Mass Marking Program Update
Check out this video from Discovering on the Great Lakes mass marking program.

Great Lakes Now: Jim Johnson
Check out this profile on former DNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Johnson.

Sampling Sturgeon on the Black River
Join Michigan Out of Doors Television as they pay a visit to the Black River in northern Michigan to check out the annual sampling of lake sturgeon.

Thompson State Fish Hatchery a Great Place to Visit
Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Manistique was established in 1922. This facility can produce a wide range of fish species for both inland and Great Lakes waters because of its unique water supply.

Visitors are invited to the hatchery during normal hatchery hours to observe the staff working with the fish in the tanks or raceways. Learn more about this unique destination by watching the video below!

Video courtesy of "Great Getaways."

Tracking Changes in Lake Michigan's Fisheries (Nature Change)
Discover how the work of the DNR Survey Vessel Steelhead is making a difference in the management of Lake Michigan's fisheries.

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Join Michigan Out of Doors Television as they visit the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan for an inside look at the state's fish production system.