Inland Fishing Guides

Finding a Fishing Guide

We are providing the following directory to help put Michigan sportspersons in contact with a fishing guide authorized to do business on state lands. This listing is provided solely as a convenience, and the Department does not endorse or certify a guide's knowledge or ability.

Inland Waters Guide List

Becoming a Fishing Guide

Inland Fishing Guides in Michigan are required to obtain written permission in the form of a lease to use state owned public water access sites. Guides pay an annual use fee and must also provide proof of insurance and be a licensed inland pilot or coast guard captain. Use fees are used for maintenance of state forest lands, including public water access sites.

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