The new fishing license and regulation season started April 1. The 2023 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2024. Fishing licenses can be found at The 2023 Michigan Fishing Guide and inland trout and salmon maps are available online along with a lot of other helpful fishing information — including fishing locations, species identification and tips for beginners can be located at

Fishing Seasons 2023 Timeline

  • Statewide trout opener and the Lower Peninsula inland walleye and northern pike seasons all open Saturday, April 29.
  • In the U.P.’s waters, the walleye and northern pike seasons open Monday, May 15.
  • Michigan’s muskellunge possession season on all Great Lakes, inland waters, the St.Marys River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers opens Saturday, June 3. (catch-and-release fishing for muskellunge is open all year).
  • The catch-and-immediate-release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open all year on nearly all waters (unless otherwise closed to fishing — check the current Michigan Fishing Guide for specifics).
  • The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May 27, except for Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair and the Detroit rivers, which open Saturday, June 17.