Anglers fishing for bragging rights and lake sturgeon

Courtesy: Sturgeon For Tomorrow - Black Lake Chapter

CHEBOYGAN CO, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Cheboygan County community is preparing to host one of the areas favorite fishing festivals.

Sturgeon For Tomorrow is holding the Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree Friday and Saturday. The Shivaree will coincide with the opening of Black Lake Sturgeon season which opens Saturday.

Money raised during the event helps fund lake sturgeon hatchery, research, habitat conservation, and outreach programs.

All anglers must register to participate in the lake sturgeon season.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the 2017 quota is 6 lake sturgeon.

Here are some fun facts about lake sturgeon provided by the DNR:

  • Lake sturgeon can grow to weights of up to 200 pounds and lengths of seven feet, with females being longer and heavier than males.
  • Sexual maturity in females is reached between 21 and 33 years, most often from 24 to 25 years.
  • Sexual maturity in males is reached between eight to 12 years, but may take up to 22 years.
  • Sturgeon spawning occurs on clean gravel shoals and stream rapids from April until June in preferred water temperatures of 55 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Female lake sturgeon can deposit 4,000 to 7,000 eggs per pound of fish.
  • Sturgeon growth rates are quite variable throughout its range and depend on temperature, food availability and water quality.
  • The typical lifespan of lake sturgeon is 55 years for males and 70 to 100 years for females.

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