New Boating and Fishing Laws

Beginning March 21, watercraft users in Michigan are required to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Also, anyone fishing with live or cut bait or practicing catch-and-release fishing will need to take precautions to limit the movement of invasive species and fish diseases. In addition to the existing law requiring all aquatic plants be removed from boats and trailers before launching, the changes require the following, prior to transporting any watercraft over land:

  • Removing all drain plugs from bilges, ballast tanks, and live wells.

  • Draining all water from any live wells and bilges.

  • Ensuring the watercraft, trailer, and any conveyance used to transport the watercraft or trailer are free of aquatic organisms, including plants.

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Boating Safety Certificate

Required for all persons born on or after December 12, 1978  to operate a personal watercraft on Michigan waters. A certificate is obtainable online at

or by attendance at a local safety class.









Fishing  Tournament Survey

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Eurasian Watermilfoil Monitoring

To prevent the spead of this invasive aquatic plant, litoral shoreline areas are being mapped by drones to monitor growth trends to determine the need for management methods.