Are there many different permits for fishing in Michigan?

Winny

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I used to fish with my grandpa and dad a lot when I was a young girl. Michigan waters provides a lot of options for fishing, but there is many different kinds of fish you can go for. but

As a young girl I didn't know we needed permits to go fishing until I was an adult. But, I haven't been fishing since I was a kid. I'm thinking about jumping back into it, maybe taking my niece and nephew along. What kind of permits would I need? Are there permits for the type of fish you get? I heard you also need to register some of the fish you collect. Essentially, what do I need to know in order to be able to fish without issue?
 
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It looks like there is no need for a permit if this site is correct - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/license-info
In it they state that you will have to pay fishing licenses. For example, they list for for residents annual for all species at $26 while a non resident would be paying $76. There are other licenses mentioned.

And I found the Fishing Regulations in Michigan here - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/fishing-regulations

There's a lot of rules to dive into, but I think those links will guide you to what you're looking for. Good luck! :)
 
You need a fishing license issued by the state where you plan to fish (in your case, Michigan). I am not sure about fishing rules in Michigan but generally speaking fishing license differs depending on factors such as residency status, age, and duration of the fishing trip. Some states may require permits or stamps for specific types of fishing, such as freshwater or saltwater fishing, and for targeting certain species like trout or salmon. Some states also have regulations regarding the size and quantity of fish you can catch but I am not sure about Michigan.
 
It looks like there is no need for a permit if this site is correct - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/license-info
In it they state that you will have to pay fishing licenses. For example, they list for for residents annual for all species at $26 while a non resident would be paying $76. There are other licenses mentioned.

And I found the Fishing Regulations in Michigan here - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/fishing/fishing-regulations

There's a lot of rules to dive into, but I think those links will guide you to what you're looking for. Good luck! :)
Thanks! I will look through those sites when we get to fishing in the spring/summer.
You need a fishing license issued by the state where you plan to fish (in your case, Michigan). I am not sure about fishing rules in Michigan but generally speaking fishing license differs depending on factors such as residency status, age, and duration of the fishing trip. Some states may require permits or stamps for specific types of fishing, such as freshwater or saltwater fishing, and for targeting certain species like trout or salmon. Some states also have regulations regarding the size and quantity of fish you can catch but I am not sure about Michigan.
Yeah a license is a given, it sounds like I need a license depending on what fish I can harvest. I think I can legally fish and catch anything, but I can only keep certain types of fish to harvest, right? There seems to be a ton of rules on what fish you can catch, harvest, etc. Thanks for the response and info.
 
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