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Is Spearfishing allowed in Michigan?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes Wrecking Crew' started by shoupart, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. shoupart

    shoupart Barracuda

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    Hello,
    I'm about to go visit northern Michigan, Traverse City-area, and I want to do some diving while I'm there, and possibly some spearfishing. Just wondering if anybody can tell me the laws and rules for doing it up there- if I can, first of all, as well as any necessary permits or licenses?
    Thanks for any help!
    -Jason
     
  2. alpenadiver

    alpenadiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Alpena, Michigan
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    You can only spear Bowfin "Dogfish", Carp, Gar, and Suckers. But however the DNR will let you take a pole down with you, and fish for any kind other species.
     
  3. Furner

    Furner Barracuda

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    You will have to bend over and buy a non-resident fishing license. not sure on the price, but i dont think its cheap
     
  4. Twister17

    Twister17 Garibaldi

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    What lakes and rivers can u spear fish with a spear gun in Michigan



    Like higgins lake and the Muskegon river
     
  5. Troutmaster

    Troutmaster Regular of the Pub

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    Location: Southern Michigan, USA
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    These are the spearfishing regs:
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/bow-spearing-table6_272192_7.pdf

    This is the license info:
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/license-info_274655_7.pdf

    You would need a non-resident 24 hour license ($7) or a non-resident restricted license for the year ($34). Restricted means anything but trout and salmon, both of which are unlawfull to spear so you would be fine. You will also need a "sportcard" which is one dollar and good forever.

    Stay clear of the Muskegon river, it is a designated trout stream so you cannot possess any spearing equipment on it, ever.
     
  6. Twister17

    Twister17 Garibaldi

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    i was wondering can u spear catfish in michigan? and what r all the other fish u can shoot in michigan?
     
  7. superstar

    superstar Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grandville Michigan
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    You can spear all the Goby's you want without a license.
     
  8. Twister17

    Twister17 Garibaldi

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    Soo can i shoot catfish in michigan?
    And does any one know if green lake and ducklake are any good for spearfishing?
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  9. superstar

    superstar Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grandville Michigan
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    I think catfish is on the list. If its worth eating its probably off limits, if it tastes like sh!t its probably OK to spear.
     
  10. davetowz

    davetowz Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: usa, Ohio
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    I want to see that video!
     

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