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Posted on October 17th, 2016

Alverno Dam Notice

The Black Lake Association was notified by the owners of the Alverno Dam, that they will not be making repairs on the dam this year. The lake will now be lowered, as usual, in November, to its normal winter level. According to president of the Black Lake Association, Brett Trepanier, they started the lowering process but all the rain we received kept the lake level up, now by time they get it lowered it will be too cold to do the repairs. As we get more information, we will post.

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Posted on February 14th, 2016

Successful Black Lake Sturgeon Season Lasts One Hour

In the early hours of Saturday, February 6, 2016, the sturgeon season on Black Lake opened and closed after one hour of spearing. The allotted number of seven sturgeon were harvested by around 9 AM. There were 261 registered anglers of all ages and genders.

The Department of Natural Resources reported that the first two sturgeon were harvested by 8:15 AM. A 50 inch male was speared first and weighed 26 pounds. He was taken by Brett Trepanier and had been tagged in the spring of 2015. The second sturgeon was a 56 1/2 inch male weighing 42 pounds, captured by Lance Williams. He had been tagged in 2014. At 8:22 AM, Brian Bailey took the largest sturgeon, a female, weighing in at 96 pounds and measuring 70 1/2 inches long. She had been tagged in 2003 and again in 2012.

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Posted on October 23rd, 2015

The dynamic story of northern Michigan’s Black Lake

DNRMention Black Lake (Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties) to many Michigan anglers and the first thing that pops into their heads is lake sturgeon.

There’s a good reason for that, Black Lake has a highly publicized spear fishery through the ice that draws both anglers and observers. But in terms of angling effort, Black Lake is really a walleye/northern pike/muskellunge lake, says Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tim Cwalinski. And that’s been a focal point for management.

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Posted on September 24th, 2015

Black Lake Invasive Phragmites Treated

The invasive phragmites discovered during the 2014 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council weed survey of Black Lake was treated today (9/24/2015) by Huron Pines. Huron Pines has permits and landowner permission for this treatment. The two patches are located on the North shore of the lake measuring 13’ x 5’ and 175’ X 5’. The phragmites was treated with herbicide which is absorbed by the plant and goes into the root system destroying the plant. Huron Pines will continue to monitor these patches and retreat, if necessary, to insure eradication. The cost of this treatment to the Black Lake Association is $100.00.

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Posted on September 15th, 2015

Two new aquatic nuisance species have been confirmed in Michigan

Two new aquatic nuisance species have been confirmed in Michigan. The New Zealand Mudsnail was found in the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, MI and is capable of reproducing in large numbers and displacing other macroinvertebrates. Didymo commonly called “rock snot” was confirmed in the St. Marys River and is a type of algae capable of covering the bottom of cold clean streams. Both of these species have no nutritional value.

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