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NEW FISHING LICENSES GO ON SALE MARCH 1
LANSING--Anglers can purchase their 2000 Michigan fishing licenses starting Wednesday, March 1, at more than 1,700 license agent outlets and Michigan Department of Natural Resources offices statewide.
Any 2000 Michigan fishing license (except the 24-hour license) purchased between March 1-31 is valid for fishing during this period, including the April 1, 2000 to March 31, 2001 license year.
Anglers who purchase their new fishing license during March should note the 1999 regulations still are in effect through March 31, and the new fishing regulations for trout and salmon on inland lakes and streams do not take effect until April 1.
"The new regulations, which feature a new classification system that places all trout waters into a particular "type" of water body with its own precise regulations, are easier to read, understand and remember," said Kelley Smith, Fisheries Division Chief.
When anglers purchase their new fishing licenses, they will notice the traditional Michigan Fishing Guide has been separated into two publications. The new 2000 Inland Trout and Salmon Guide, complete with color-coded maps, will allow the angler to more easily determine the regulations for a given lake or stream. In addition to the maps, the new guide lists all lakes and streams by classification on a county-by-county basis.
The new year's fishing licenses are available for purchase on March 1 to accommodate anglers in making a smooth transition from one license year to another. Anyone planning to fish on or after April 1 must have a valid 2000 Michigan fishing license in possession to fish in Michigan waters.