LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michiganders can catch and release muskies year-round, but possession season starts on Saturday, June 3.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking anglers to participate in the state’s muskellunge angler survey to help them track the fish. DNR officials say the surveys help give the department insight into the muskie ecosystem and data on how to better manage the species.

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In addition, the DNR’s online muskellunge angler survey helps them gather information regarding who fishes for muskies, length of fish caught, angler effort, water body fished, and methods used. Since 2014, fisheries managers have used this data to improve muskellunge stocking programs and recommend fishing regulation changes to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

Anglers are limited to one muskellunge per license year, and are required to register their harvest 888-636-7778, online here, or on the new Michigan DNR Hunt Fish mobile app.