Additional Pools Open to Fishing

September 2nd to 30th, 2019
Fisherman Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? On Monday, September 2nd, 2019 (Labor Day) additional pools will open for fishing! If you love to fish don't miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pool that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through September 30th annually. Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only.

In addition to all applicable State regulations, the following refuge regulations apply:

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Fishing is permitted with a valid Michigan fishing license.

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.


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.