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Thread: Is Spearfishing allowed in Michigan?

 


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    Is Spearfishing allowed in Michigan?

    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!
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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.

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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

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    Michigan lakes

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



    Like higgins lake and the Muskegon river

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    These are the spearfishing regs:
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dn...6_272192_7.pdf

    This is the license info:
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dn...o_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.
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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?

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    You can spear all the Goby's you want without a license.

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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 by Twister17; July 7th, 2011 at 10:51 AM.

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpenadiver View Post
    But however the DNR will let you take a pole down with you, and fish for any kind other species.
    I want to see that video!

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