The winter's ice has receded and the Michigan DNR 2019 fishing license season opened Monday. The 2019 fishing license season kicked off Monday in Michigan - as well as the new fishing regulation cycle. All 2019 fishing licenses are good for all species and are valid through March 31, 2020.
Anglers can choose from eight options that include Resident annual ($26), Nonresident annual ($76), Senior annual (resident 65 or older or residents who are legally blind - $11), 24-hour (resident or nonresident - $10), 72-hour (resident or nonresident - $30), Resident hunt/fish combo (base, annual fishing, two deer - $76), Senior resident hunt/fish combo (base, annual fishing, two deer - $43) or a Nonresident hunt/fish combo (base, annual fishing, two deer - $266).
A few new regulations began on Monday.
The statewide daily possession limit for yellow perch has been reduced to 25 (except as noted in the Fishing Guide).
The daily possession limit for lake trout and splake combined in Lake Huron lake trout management unit MH-1 has been reduced from three to two.
In addition to bass tournaments, walleye tournaments and muskellunge contests are required to register with the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System.
Drop-shotting is allowed on drowned river mouths (also known as Type F waters) but is limited to single-pointed hooks measuring one-half inch or less from point to shank.
Faith Stauffer of Hastings capped off the summer of 2018 by hauling in this 21-inch pike on Algonquin Lake.