This interactive map of Michigan shows where anglers are catching state-record fish


There is an interactive map that shows where anglers in Michigan are catching state-record and Master Angler fish.

The map was created by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and features interactive tools that display information about each catch.

“Not only is the new Master Angler Program map helpful to anglers, but it also benefits our biologists by providing information submitted by anglers that will help us better understand our fisheries and help inform management decisions,” said Seth Herbst, the DNR’s Aquatic Species & Regulatory Affairs Unit manager.

(Can’t see the map? Click here.)

The DNR recommends these tips when you’re checking out their new map:

  • When choosing fish species in the left-hand list to turn on different map layers, click the corresponding fish icon rather than the species name.
  • The individual points on the map show catch locations that were provided by anglers, and some are generalized to river drainage or lake center.

What to know about the Master Angler Program

The DNR’s Master Angler Program has been around for more than 30 years.

It helps promote statewide fishing opportunities and tells anglers where and when big fish have been caught in Michigan waters.

The program also offers tips on successful fishing methods including which baits and lures have been used to catch big fish.

Anglers can find information on more than 45 species for which anglers can be recognized for their catch.

How to submit a catch to the Master Angler Program

Applications must be submitted online through the Master Angler Entry Application, you can find that here.

Applications for fish caught between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 are accepted until Jan. 10 of the following year.

You will be required to provide the following information:

  • Your personal information
  • At least one photo clearly showing the entire fish measured on a legible standard measuring device
  • No more than one entry per species of the same size fish will be accepted
  • All fish must be taken by legal Michigan sportfishing methods, during the open season, and in Michigan waters open to the public
  • No more than one patch per species will be awarded to each angler per year

The DNR produces a Master Angler patch every year. It is awarded to all entries that meet the minimum length for each species and other program requirements.

You can click here to learn more about the program.

Each year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources produces a Master Angler patch that is awarded to all entries meeting the established minimum length for each species and other program requirements. (Michigan DNR)

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