Eager for the chance to catch one of Michigan’s most unique fish? The lake sturgeon season on Black Lake in Cheboygan County begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, and registration is open until Feb. 5.
A new online registration process is required to participate, as well as a current Michigan fishing license for anyone 17 or older. Anglers must certify that they understand and will abide by the rules and safety requirements.
The catch quota this year is six lake sturgeon total. In the past, the season quota often has been met within the first day – sometimes in just a few hours! However, the season will last until the sixth fish is harvested, or five fish have been harvested at the end of any day from Feb. 6-10. Daily season fishing hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the season will end at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, or when one of the two scenarios previously mentioned is met.
Anglers will receive text messages announcing the beginning of the season, and as each fish is harvested until the season closes.
Anglers are required to supply their own flagging material to hang on their shanty so DNR staff can recognize who is fishing. The material should be at least 1 foot square, and bright red or blaze orange.
Lucky anglers who get a sturgeon must immediately contact on-ice DNR personnel, who will direct them to registration. All DNR employees will wear face coverings and maintain social distance of at least 6 feet. Anglers are asked to take these same precautions when near anyone outside their immediate household, and also not to gather around DNR personnel.
For more information on the sturgeon season, other fishing opportunities and ice safety, visit Michigan.gov/Fishing.
Questions? Contact Tim Cwalinski at 231-340-0276.