The Glen Lake Association is committed to the enjoyment and protection of the natural resources within the watershed, including the management of local fish and wildlife. In addition, it is dedicated to preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Glen Lake and surrounding waterways. Please join us in these efforts by familiarizing yourself with local fishing regulations as well as invasive species threats and prevention tactics.
LOCAL FISHING REGULATIONS
Fishing regulations are a dynamic and evolving code to protect the integrity of the fisheries, while still allowing as much access as possible to anglers. Since fishery biologists cannot customize regulations for each lake, they settle on reasonable (albeit generalized) rules that apply to entire regions. Thus, anglers should look beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law. For instance, just because bass season is open, catching late spawning bass off their beds could destroy an entire new generation—that is, what may be legal, may not be what’s best for the lake’s ecosystem or future fish population.
It is now against Michigan law to transfer any live bait between lakes. Example – minnows caught in Lake Leelanau cannot be used in Glen Lake. There is no transfer of minnows, leeches or crayfish. They can be brought in if they are purchased and have been treated for VHS.
Michigan Fishing Guide
Refer to the latest Michigan Fishing Guide for the latest fishing regulations including possession and size limits, season dates, license requirements, and angler rights.
help STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES!
Did you know that some invasive species are prohibited or restricted by law in the State of Michigan?
“If a species is prohibited or restricted, it is unlawful to possess, introduce, import, sell or offer that species for sale as a life organism, except under certain circumstances.”
All it takes is one “unchecked” boat for Glen Lake to become contaminated with an invasive aquatic species such as Eurasian Watermilfoil. Other non-native plant species and even diseases (in fish slime on the walls of the live box, for example) could also inadvertently be unleashed on the Glen Lake-Crystal River ecosystem if watercraft are not washed prior to launch.
Learn more about invasive species threats in the Glen Lake area, including what they look like and what you can do to help prevent their introduction or spread.
Get in the habit of scrubbing the propeller, trailer, hull and live box every time you haul your boat out of the water. In addition, flush the water from the engine’s cooling system—away from the lake, of course! By washing your boat prior to launch, cleaning your gear, and properly disposing of bait, you can do a lot to help “Stop the Spread.”
Fortunately, the Glen Lake Boat Wash makes this process easy and free!
If you see something that looks to be an invasive species, please report it to the Glen Lake Association.
CREEL SURVEY DATA
The Glen Lake Association monitors the fish populations of Big and Little Glen and the Fisher Lakes by conducting a regular creel census. The census is taken daily at the DNR boat launch on Day Forest Road from May through October. Anglers voluntarily share what their target species is, how many fish they caught, and how many fish were released. Generally, yellow perch is the top catch. The creel census data is shared with the local DNR fisheries department, and the local stocking practices are calibrated with this data in mind.
Protect the fish population by respecting catch limits
More anglers, better technology used to find and catch fish, and loss of marine habitats all result in diminishing fish populations. Healthy fish populations depend on anglers to observe both the letter and the spirit of catch limits.