Proposed Regulations Changes for Northern Pike & Musky



Public meetings are being held throughout the state to discuss proposed regulation changes for these 2 Michigan sport fish.  The new proposals would go into effect April 1st.

For Northern Pike:

  • On Michigan waters* that currently have 5 fish daily limits, there will be an added regulation where only one fish can be larger than 24 inches.
  • On Michigan waters* that have the 24 to 34 inch slot limit (not allowed to keep), there will be possession limits added – a 2 fish daily limit of fish that are under 24 inches and greater than 34 inches.
  • On Michigan waters* with 30 inch size limits, it appears that the 2 fish limit is being lifted.

*To find Michigan waters in each category – see page 18 of the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide.

For Musky:

  • The changes to musky regulations appear to be more severe. Currently there is a 42 inch minimum size limit with a 1 fish daily possession limit – Statewide.  The proposed change will limit possession to 1 fish per angler per year and a free muskellunge harvest tag will be required.

To learn of the public meeting times and locations near you, see http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364-296272--,00.html

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