Department of Natural Resources
Muskellunge harvest is limited to only 1 fish per angler per year (April 1 - March 31).
Lakes with Muskellunge & Northern Pike possession seasons from the first Sat. in June - Nov. 30: Barry: Thornapple L. (from McKeown Rd. to Barger Rd.) Lenawee: L. Hudson.
Waters with 24” – 34” protected slot limit on Northern Pike and daily possession limit of 2 Northern Pike: Allegan: Pine Cr. Flooding Cass: Magician L. Kalamazoo: Long L. (T3S, R10W, S17/18/19/30) Kent: Bass L. (T10N, R9W, S12/13/14) Luce: Blind Sucker Flooding and Bodi L. Montcalm: Townline and Sand L. Van Buren: Magician L.
Waters where up to 5 Northern Pike of any size may be taken with only 1 greater than 24” allowed in the daily possession limit: Alcona: Badger L. Alger: Echo, Nawakwa, Trout and 16 Mile Lks and Au Train basin. Antrim: Beals, Benway, Ellsworth, Hanley, Scotts, Six Mile, St. Clair, and Wilson Lks. Baraga: Vermillac (Worm) L. Benzie: Long L. Charlevoix: Deer, Fox, Geneserath, Six Mile, and St. Clair and Susan Lks. Cheboygan: Black R. (upstream of Tower Dam includes Tower Pond and tributaries), Paradise (Carp), Silver and Wildwood Lks. Chippewa: Frenchman and Trout (Carp) Lks. Clare: Eight Point L. and L. Thirteen Crawford: Big Creek Imp., River and Pickerel Lks. Delta: Carr, Chicago, Hamilton (McDonald), Lyman and Round (T40N, R20W, S1) Lks. and Escanaba R. (upstream from first dam at US-2) Dickinson: Sawyer L. Emmet: French Farm and O’Neal L. Floodings, and Paradise (Carp) L. Gladwin: L. Lancer. Gogebic: African (Big and Little), Chaney, Cisco, Clearwater, East Bay, Fishhawk, Indian, Lindsley, Morley, Poor, Record, and Thousand Island Lks. Grand Traverse: Boardman L. and L. Dubonnet. Houghton: Rice L. Iron: Bone, Brule, Buck, Indian, Iron, L. Mary, Railroad, Runkle, Sunset and Winslow Lks., Paint R. Pond (downstream of Horserace Rapids and upstream of Frog Island), Hemlock Falls and Michigamme Reservoir, Michigamme Falls and Peavy Reservoir, L. St. Kathryn, Deer R., Net R., and Net R. Wide Waters. Kent: Scram L. Keweenaw: Schlatter L. Leelanau: Florence L. (S. Manitou Is.). Luce: East and Muskallonge Lks. Mackinac: East, Millecoquins and South Manistique Lks. Manistee: Bar and Chief Lks. Marquette: Bass (East), Cedar, Engman, Shag (Big) and Witch Lks., Dead R. Storage Basin, Middle Br. Escanaba R., Big West Br. Escanaba R. mainstream downstream to Boney Falls Basin (except Greenwood, Schweitzer and Cataract Reservoirs) Mason: Hackert (Crystal) L. Mecosta: Canadian Lks. (in T14N, R8W, S20,29,30; north of Pierce Rd. and south of Buchanan Rd. in S19), Haymarsh and Horsehead Lks. Menominee: Shakey Lakes Chain (Baker, Beecher, East, Long, Resort and Spring Lks.), Westman Imp. Missaukee: Missaukee L. Montcalm: Crystal L. Montmorency: Robarge L., East and West Town Corner and Pug Lks., North and South Tomahawk Lks., Black R. and tributaries. Muskegon: Big Blue L. Newaygo: Diamond, Emerald, Kimball, Nichols, Pickerel, Ryerson (Long) and Sylvan Lks. Oceana: Round (Wykoff) and Silver Lks. Ogemaw: East Twin Lake, L. Ogemaw. Osceola: L. Miramichi, Diamond, Rose and Wells Lks. Oscoda: Pickerel L. Otsego: Black R. and tributaries. Presque Isle: Francis and Orchard Lks., Ocqueoc R. and tributaries, Ocqueoc Watershed Lakes (Ann, Bullhead, Ella, Emma, Ferdelman, Gorman, Horseshoe, Lost, Louise, Lower and Upper Barnhart, May, McIntosh, Moore, Mud and Nettie, and Ocqueoc Lks.), Black R. and tributaries and Tomahawk Flooding. Roscommon: L. St. Helen, Cut R. (from the river mouth at Houghton L. upstream to CO 100 just downstream of Higgins L.), Houghton L., Backus Cr. from the stream mouth upstream, including all tributaries, Little Mud L. Flooding, Backus Cr. Flooding, and Backus L. Flooding .Schoolcraft: Boot, Crooked, Kennedy, Stanley and Thunder Lks.; Seney National Wildlife Refuge Pools: contact Refuge office (906-586-9851).
Waters where up to 5 Northern Pike 24" or greater allowed in the daily possession limit: Lake St. Clair, St. Clair R., and Detroit R.