Senate approves Zorn bill to repeal ban of out-of-state fishing guides

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to end the current ban on non-resident fishing guides in Michigan waters.

“This pro-tourism bill takes another step to ensure Michigan attracts more visitors to our state, especially fishing and outdoor enthusiasts,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The reason behind the ban more than 25 years ago was to discourage out-of-state fishing guides from bringing their customers into Michigan, even though those customers must purchase non-resident fishing licenses.

“We are removing this ban — which likely violates the interstate commerce clause — because Michigan should be luring more anglers to our state, not putting up unnecessary road blocks.”

Senate Bill 773 would repeal the current prohibition against an out-of-state commercial fishing guide from operating as a commercial fishing guide in Michigan.

“We need to continue our efforts to protect Michigan waters and the fisheries that depend on them,” Zorn said. “Michigan currently has no requirements for a commercial fishing guide. While this current bill is about fairness, I support ongoing efforts to join neighboring states in developing requirements for residents and non-residents to act as commercial fishing guides in Michigan.”

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.