Not that many of us will have to worry about this but the MDNR has adjusted the minimun weight and length needed for several species, including: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, brown trout, bullhead, channel catfish, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, crappie, freshwater drum, muskellunge, rainbow trout, rock bass and smallmouth bass.

"The last five years have proven that catching certain species of fish of larger size in Michigan has become more of an everyday occurrence," said DNR fisheries biologist Tom Goniea. "Updating the Master Angler criteria ensures that recognition goes to those who catch fish that truly are notable."

In addition to the minimum entry criteria, multiple changes were made to the submission procedures for both "Catch-and-Immediate-Release" and "Catch-and-Keep" categories. Also, black and white photos will no longer be accepted; all photos must be in color.

All changes are highlighted in yellow on the new 2013 Master Angler entry application, available online at, at any of the DNR's Operations Service Centers, or by calling 517-373-1280.


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