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FishingAnglers enjoy fishing in several pools at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.  Just remember, discarded fishing line can be hazardous to wildlife, so take advantage of our fishing line recycling program and take your used line to one of the drop off sites located along the Fishing Loop or C-3 Pool parking lot.

Fishing at Seney is a great way to spend an afternoon!

Game Species

  • Species found in the refuge pools include northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, and bluegill.
  • Species in the rivers and streams include northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, brook trout, and brown trout.

 Fishing Map C-3 Legend
Fishing Map B

Seney NWR Map 

Fishing is permitted with a valid Michigan fishing license. In addition to all applicable State regulations, the following refuge regulations apply:

Special Conditions

  • Use of lead tackle is prohibited on the refuge. Lead is a toxic metal which has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of wildlife.
  • No size limit on northern pike. Live bait or artificial lures may be used.
  • Wildlife have the right-of-way. Separating young animals from their parents is often fatal. This is especially true for waterfowl.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly. Line left lying on the ground or in the water often entangles fish and wildlife, causing serious injury or death. Several refuge fishing sites offer recycling bins for your used fishing line.
  • Swimming and wading are not allowed in refuge pools. Please fish only from the pool's edge.

Boating and Vehicle Regulations

  • Boats, canoes, and other floatation devices are not permitted on refuge pools and ditches.
  • Non-motorized watercraft are permitted on the Creighton River, Driggs River, and Walsh Creek. Motorized craft are permitted on the Manistique River.
  • No off-road travel allowed with any motorized vehicle.

Open Areas and Dates


  • Fishing is permitted on the refuge from May 15 thru September 30 during daylight hours only. Fishing is restricted to those pools that are designated in maps A and B.
  • Fishing is permitted on all stretches of the following rivers and streams during regular state seasons: Walsh Creek and Ditch, Creighton, Driggs, and Manistique Rivers.


  • Ice fishing is permitted on all refuge pools from January 1 to February 28. Access to pools is limited to foot traffic only. Ice shanties may not be left over night.



Page Photo Credits — Fisherman - © Jim Hill
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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