Lake Superior fishing regulations

November 19, 2015
Lake superior fishing

Seasons by water Type

Minimum Size

Daily Possession Limit
(Notes 2, 3, 4)

Open All Year: (Note 4)

L. Superior, L. Michigan, L. Erie, L. Huron, L. St. Clair, St. Marys R., St. Clair R. and Detroit R.

10″
(Note 2, 4)
(also see Table 4, Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations)

Great Lakes, L. St. Clair, St. Marys R., St. Clair R., and Detroit R.:
5 total in any combination; no more than 3 of any one species, except up to 5 coho, Chinook, or pink salmon allowed.
On the St. Marys R.:
5 additional pink salmon allowed from last Sat. in Apr. – Sep. 30.

Note 1

All Trout and Salmon: Refer to Exceptions to General Regulations by County, for waters that have regulations that differ from those shown above.

Note 2

Brook Trout: For L. Superior, the minimum size limit for brook trout is 20″ and possession limit is 1 fish. Within 4.5 miles of Isle Royale (Isle Royale National Park waters), catch-and-immediate-release; no possession.

Note 3

Drowned River Mouth Lakes: On the following inland waters trout and salmon regulations are as follows: 5 total trout and salmon in any combination; no more than 3 of any one species, except up to 5 coho or Chinook salmon; minimum size limit is 10″; fishing season is open all year and the possession season for lake trout is Jan. 1 – Oct 31; except that the possession season for lake trout shall be Jan. 1 – Sep. 30 on Betsie L. For all other species of trout and salmon, the possession season is open all year. Allegan: Kalamazoo and Silver Lks. Benzie: Betsie L. Manistee: Arcadia, Manistee, and Portage Lks. Mason: Pere Marquette L. Muskegon: Duck, Mona, Muskegon, and White Lks. Oceana: Pentwater, Silver, and Stony Lks. Ottawa: Macatawa and Pigeon Lks.

Note 4

Lake Trout and Splake Regulations: Lake Trout and splake regulations for the Great Lakes are listed by Lake Trout Management Unit (see Table 4, Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations). To help identify Management Unit boundaries, a few major ports are listed for each. The map on Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations provides a graphic to further define the boundaries. For a complete description of lake trout Management Unit boundaries, contact any DNR Customer Service Center (see Customer Service Centers) or check online at michigan.gov/dnr.

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