DNR announces lake sturgeon fishing season for Black Lake

Lake Sturgeon season on Black Lake will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 3.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Department of Natural Resources has announced that the 2018 lake sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake will begin on Saturday, February 3.

Only seven lake sturgeon will be allowed to be taken from Black Lake in the 2018 season.

To reduce the chance of exceeding this allotment, officials will close the season once the sixth fish is harvested, or if five fish have been harvested at the end of any fishing day.

Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the season, which will end at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 7 or when one of the two above scenarios is met.

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

Fishermen 17 years of age or older must possess a valid Michigan fishing license.

If you are registering for the Black Lake sturgeon season you must also have a lake sturgeon tag, which is available for free from all license vendors, prior to registering.

An early registration will be held Friday, February 2 at the DNR Onaway Field Station from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For people who aren't able to register early can do so on February 3 at the registration trailer located on Zolner Road ending on Black Lake.

Morning registration will begin at 7 a.m. each day of the season.

Anglers who harvest a lake sturgeon must tag it immediately, contact an on-ice DNR employee and register the fish at the Zolner Road trailer registration site on Black Lake.

If you would like more information on registration and the season, you can contact the Gaylord Customer Service Center at (989) 732-3541 or visit their website.

If you are interested in viewing the Black Lake lake sturgeon Management Plan, you can view it here:

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