Department of Natural Resources
Color-coded maps (ONLY available online) have been developed to assist anglers in locating inland waters that contain trout and salmon and the regulations that apply. See pages 38-39 of the current Michigan Fishing Guide for a description of regulations concerning streams, Gear Restricted Streams, and inland trout lakes. Stream Types 1 - 4 and Gear Restricted Streams are differentiated on the maps by color (Type 1 are green, Type 2 are yellow, Type 3 are orange, Type 4 are blue, and Gear Restricted Streams are red). Please note that some gear restricted streams have split regulations, the maps have been color coded accordingly. Any lake regulated by Type (A-F) will be labeled in red text and the lake will appear shaded in dark blue or will appear as a blue dot on map. Research Areas under special regulations are indicated on the maps with gray shading.
These maps are to be used as a general reference only. For exact boundaries of regulations on stream Types 1-4, Gear Restricted Streams and lakes managed for trout, refer to the county listings found on pages 40-58 of the current Michigan Fishing Guide. NOTE: Type 1 streams are not listed in the text, but they do appear in green on the maps. For a complete listing of all designated trout streams and designated trout lakes, refer to FO-200 and FO-210.
General trout and salmon regulations for streams not classified by Type: 1-4 or Gear Restricted Streams (listed on p. 40-43 of the current Michigan Fishing Guide). Except for streams in the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters, any other inland stream not classified by Type is open for the entire year with an 8-inch minimum size limit and a 5 fish daily possession limit, no more than 3 of which may be 15 inches or greater, except up to 5 salmon (Chinook or coho) 15 inches or greater may be retained in the daily possession limit on these waters. Artificial lures and all types of natural bait may be used. Please see pages 24-25 of the current Michigan Fishing Guide for Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters regulations for regulations specific to that area.
General regulations for lakes not classified by Type:
Except for lakes in the Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters and Sylvania Wilderness Area, any other inland lake not classified by Type is open for the entire year to the taking of trout with an 8-inch minimum size limit and 5 fish daily possession limit, no more than 3 of which may be 15 inches or greater. Artificial lures and all types of natural bait may be used. See pages 24-25 of the current Michigan Fishing Guide for Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary Waters and page 26 for Sylvania Wilderness Area regulations.
Click on a numbered box below to open a map covering that area.
Designated Trout Streams Maps:
Use these two map documents to identify whether any Type 3 or Type 4 streams are designated trout waters. Designated Trout Streams are protected from certain activities.
2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide
All the regulations related to fishing in Michigan from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018.
Trout Trails Application
Check out Michigan's Trout Trails which are biologist-verified great trout waters that are often lesser known.