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Fishing

Gather your fishing gear and head out to a new fishing spot or an old favorite. Find a place to fish, and make sure you have your 2022 fishing license. Don't forget to refer to the 2022 Fishing Guide for current rules and regulations.

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Before you go

License Information

Information on who needs a license, how much they cost and where you can buy them.

Learn to Fish

Resources to help you get started fishing, including how-to videos and more.

Weekly Fishing Report

This weekly report is intended to give you an idea of fishing conditions around the state.

Fish Stocking Database

Find the locations we have stocked fish, how many were stocked and what species.

Where to fish

Family Friendly Fishing Waters

Find family-friendly fishing locations across the state that are easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish.

Inland Lake Maps

Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes. For about 2,700 of these, we have inland lake maps available. 

Trout Trails

An interactive map of biologist-verified great trout waters that are often lesser known.

Fishing Locations by Region

Learn about our management units and find fishing locations in each area of the state.

Rules and Regulations

Fishing Guide

Please see the fishing guide for the latest rules and regulations pertaining to fishing as well as species-specific information.

Fishing Guide

At work for you

Helping you discover, explore and enjoy Michigan's world-class fishing and the aquatic habitats that make it possible. Learn how we manage Michigan's fisheries for current and future generations.

Managing Michigan's Fisheries

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Once per month updates about fishing in Michigan, including connections to resources and opportunities.