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Smelt Dipping Open Statewide


http://www.michigan.gov/images/smelt_17561_7.jpgMichigan – With the warm spring weather, anglers should be aware that smelt dipping is open on all waters at this time and anglers can take 2 gallons daily. Smelt can be taken by hook/line, hand nets or dip nets.

“There is some confusion as there are two Fisheries Orders that appear to conflict with each other and this situation was just brought to our attention,” said Gary Whelan, regulatory affairs supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Division. “We will ensure that our orders are consistent for next year’s fishing and anglers should take advantage of our smelt fishing opportunities at this time.”

For more information on fishing and where the smelt are running in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Michigan DNR sent this bulletin at 03/30/2012 11:12 AM EDT



  • Alger County  –  Bay Furnace Creek, Anna River & Rock River (Excellent Ice
  • Baraga County –   Keweenaw Bay of Lake Superior (Excellent Ice Fishery)
  • Chippewa County –   Albany Creek, Galloway Creek, Roxbury Creek
  • Delta County –  Days River, Escanaba River, Ford River, Garden Creek, Valent
  • Squaw Creek, Tacoosh River
  • Mackinac County –  Black River, Carp River, Cut River, Millecoquin River, Nun
  • Marquette County    Dead River in Marquette
  • Menominee  County  Cedar River, Deer Creek, Menominee River,
  • Schoolcraft County   Manistique River, Marblehead Creek, South Town Creek


Photo Courtesy of Michigan.gov


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