2016 Black Lake
Lake Sturgeon Harvest Guidelines

2016 lake sturgeon season on

Black Lake to begin Feb. 6 at 8 a.m.

ShantiesThe Department of Natural Resources has announced the 2016 lake sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake (Cheboygan County) will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. All anglers must register to participate in the lake sturgeon season.

The 2016 total harvest limit for Black Lake is seven lake sturgeon. However, to reduce the chance of exceeding the harvest limit, officials will close the season when one of two scenarios occurs:

  1. Once the sixth fish is harvested, or
  2. If five fish have been harvested at the end of any fishing day.

Fishing hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the season. The season will either end at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, or when one of the above scenarios is met, at which point anglers will be notified on the ice by DNR personnel that they must immediately stop fishing for lake sturgeon.

Anglers 17 years of age or older must possess a valid Michigan fishing license. In addition, all anglers must possess a lake sturgeon tag, available for free from all license vendors. Anglers must have both of these prior to registering for the Black Lake sturgeon season.

Anglers need to register only once for the entire season. An early registration will be held at the DNR Onaway Field Station from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. This station is located approximately 5 miles north of Onaway on Route 211. Anglers can pick up their fishing identification flags at this time and learn more about season logistics and lake sturgeon populations from the DNR.

Anglers are highly encouraged to register Friday, Feb. 5. Those unable to do so may register each remaining day of the season at the registration trailer at Zolner Road, which dead-ends into Black Lake. Morning registration begins at 7 a.m. each day.

Anglers will be issued a disposable flag at registration that must be displayed each day at the entrance of their shanty.

Anglers who harvest a lake sturgeon must immediately tag the fish and contact an on-ice DNR employee and register the fish at the Zolner Road trailer. Registration may include an examination of internal organs and removal of a piece of fin tissue for DNA analysis and aging.

Registration logistics were developed in recent years to allow greater participation by anglers while protecting the population of lake sturgeon in Black Lake from overharvest. In addition, DNR and Michigan State University have been determining annual population estimates of adult fish from the spring spawning run with the assistance of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, which allows officials to set a safe harvest level in cooperation with tribal agencies.

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Cheboygan River watershed is a cooperative effort involving the DNR, the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Michigan State University, various tribal agencies and Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership.

For more details, anglers may call the DNR Gaylord Customer Service Center at 989-732-3541