Michigan fishing license season starts Sunday

Proos reminds residents new licenses are available online

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is reminding Southwest Michigan anglers that anyone interested in going fishing in Michigan will need a new 2018 license starting on April 1.

“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 2018 Michigan Fishing License. Anglers with 2017 licenses can use them through Saturday, but the new fishing license season begins on Sunday.”

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 2018 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2019 and are good for all species. As of March 1, the DNR has developed an electronic license that allows individuals to display electronic copies of their fishing licenses on their smartphone.

“There are several fishing regulation changes this year, and the new regulations also start on Sunday,” Proos said. “I encourage everyone to get to know all fishing rules before heading out. Residents can use a helpful fishing guide full of great information on the 2018 fishing season, including details on the different license options, images of popular fish and materials on managed lakes and rivers in each county.”

The 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide also goes into effect on April 1 and is available where fishing licenses are sold or online at www.michigan.gov/fishing. The online version is kept up to date and is always available for download.

“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 will be available later at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.