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50 States of Fishing: Volume 4 Kansas to Michigan

 Sunday Series

By Debbie Kay

As a part of the Sunday Series, Angler’s Club Magazine has put together a brief list of fishing information for every state to help you get started planning your fishing vacations next year.  Here is a quick look at fifty states worth of what to catch and where to get started:

Kansas

Season: Spring thru fall for open water lakes and trout streams, ice fishing options in the winter.  Trout runs from November to April.

Best Known For: Lake fish like bluegill, bass, crappie, sunfish, etc.  Other species include saugers and walleye, stocked trout species, and the large and elusive paddlefish, which can reach over 100 pounds.

Fishing License Agency: Kansas Wildlife Parks and Tourism

Link to online license purchase

Cost of a Visitor’s License: There is only a daily rate for fishing here, and it runs $5.50 dollars per day, as well as a one-time per year purchase of a second pass for trout, paddlefish or bass.  A hand fishing permit runs $27.50 dollars.

Kentucky

Season:  Year-round

Best Known For: Lake fish like bass, crappie (the national record in size), sunfish, bluegill, etc.  Large river fish like catfish, gar and river fish, and Appalachian foothills fly fishing for trout.

Fishing License Agency: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Link to online license purchase:  

Cost of a Visitor’s License: $50 dollars for an annual pass, $10 dollars for a one-day pass.  $10 dollars needed for an additional trout permit.

Louisiana

Season:  Year-round

Best Known For: Just about every kind of fishing you can imagine.  Deep sea, gulf and estuary fishing along the coast, bayou fishing, fishing licenselakes and streams.  Gear includes scuba, forks, rod and reel, nets, cages, and even bow and arrow.   Large fish like paddlefish and catfish are common, along with a wide variety of saltwater fish.

Fishing License Agency:  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Link to online license purchase

Cost of a Visitor’s License: A one day freshwater is $5 dollars, a one day saltwater $17.50 dollars.  It’s $10 dollars for a charter three-day permit, $30 dollars for the charter skiff three-day permit.  $60 dollars gets you a basic annual license, and an additional $30 dollars adds a saltwater endorsement.

Maine

Season: Mainly spring to fall, though some ice fishing is available.  Saltwater fishing is difficult at this time of year, and winter storms can be dangerous to the inexperienced.

Best Known For: Excellent cold water fishing, with trout streams, good lakes with muskies, walleye, and pike, and phenomenal North Atlantic fishing access to Pollack, cod, etc.

Fishing License Agency: Two agencies regulate fisheries here, the department of Marine Resources and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Link to online license purchase

Cost of a Visitor’s License: A whole season of fishing is $60 dollars, 15 days is $47 dollars, and 7 days $43 dollars.  Try a day of fishing for just $11 dollars.

Maryland

Season: Year-round

Best Known For: Two words–  Chesapeake Bay.  Lots of other opportunities here as well, but this is their claim to fame and home to some of the country’s best fishing for fin fish and the world famous maryland blue crab.

Fishing License Agency:  Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Link to online license purchase: Buying a Maryland license online is a little tricky. You have to create an account with Compass, a web service the state uses to connect with sportsmen.  Here’s the link if you want to figure it out.

Cost of a Visitor’s License: Chesapeake Bay and Coastal licenses run  $12.50 dollars for a week and $22.50 dollars for a season.  $20.50 dollars buys a freshwater annual license, while $7.50 dollars is good enough for a week.  An additional trout stamp is $10 dollars.

Massachusetts

Season: Year-round if you include ice fishing.

Best Known For: Great fly fishing in trout streams and saltwater fishing.

Fishing License Agency: Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Link to online license purchase

Cost of a Visitor’s License: Saltwater and freshwater licenses are completely separate.  No salt/fresh combos are available.  The fee is $10 dollars for residents and non-residents for a saltwater permit and carries reciprocity with Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.  Freshwater costs $37.50 dollars for a season, and $12.50 dollars for three days.

Michigan

Season: Year-round if you include ice fishing.

Best Known For: Great Lakes fishing, walleye in the streams, bass and sunnies in the vast number of lakes.

Fishing License Agency: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Cost of a Visitor’s License: $68 dollars for an annual nonresident pass, with additional muskellunge and sturgeon passes needed.  $10 to $30 dollars for three-day passes.

Stay tuned for the next installment in this series.  Is there more information you’d like us to add in the future?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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