Michigan fishing licenses available online

Proos also reminds residents about free fishing guide

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is reminding Southwest Michigan anglers that they can now purchase fishing licenses for 2017 online or at local retailers.

“Every year, fishing on Michigan’s abundant waterways contributes billions of dollars to the state economy — money that helps support thousands of small businesses as well as local communities and schools,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to get out and enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters. It’s fun, relaxing and important to preserving our great outdoors.

“With spring here, now is the time to get a 2017 Michigan Fishing License. The new fishing license season began April 1.”

Fishing licenses can be purchased online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Anglers can also visit a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center to purchase a fishing license in person. All 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018 and are good for all species.

“Before heading out, residents can use a helpful fishing guide to get to know all fishing rules, seasons, regulation changes and more,” Proos said. “The two-year guide was geared toward helping anglers in the field and includes a wide variety of information, from images of popular fish to details about lakes and rivers in each county.”

The 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide is available where fishing licenses are sold or online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide.

Proos said that the guide covers two years, so residents should always check online for the most recent information, including any new regulation changes, at www.michigan.gov/fishing.

“I hope everyone gets a chance to experience the joy of fishing,” Proos said. “It is truly one of the things that makes Michigan such a great place to live.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.