The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to prepare for the statewide catch-and-keep bass fishing season which opens this Saturday, May 25.
This season opener provides the perfect opportunity for anglers to partake in world-class bass fishing. In April Bassmaster Magazine produced their list of the 100 best bass lakes of 2013 – of which five locations were in Michigan. This includes the top spot, which went to Lake St. Clair. Please note the catch-and-keep bass season for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and the Detroit River does not open until Saturday, June 15.
The four additional Michigan locations on Bassmaster’s list included Lake Erie (#5), Lake Michigan (#29), Lake Charlevoix (#40), and Burt Lake (#81). This annual, national list is developed courtesy of information from every state’s Department of Natural Resources, B.A.S.S. Nation presidents and conservation directors, and 3,500 B.A.S.S. members.
“We’re thrilled to see Lake. St. Clair listed as the number one location for bass fishing in the nation,” said Fisheries Division chief Jim Dexter. “For this water body, and other Michigan locations, to be recognized by bass experts from across the country really proves the value of our state’s fisheries.”
Visit Bassmaster’s complete 2013 list of 100 best bass lakes for more information on Michigan’s and other states rankings at www.bassmaster.com/news/100-best-bass-lakes-2013.
Just a reminder, the new license season began on April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2013 fishing licenses are valid until March 31, 2014. Licenses may be purchased at a local retailer or online at www.michigan.gov/fishinglicense.
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