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Posted on February 23rd, 2017

Black Lake Sturgeon 2017

BLACK LAKE–The Lake sturgeon is an ancient fish species that inhabits large river and lake systems in the Great Lakes Basin and elsewhere.

These monstrous fish can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh 200 pounds, providing Michigan hook-and-line anglers trying to catch them an extraordinary thrill.

They are the largest fish native to the Great Lakes, and because of habitat loss – mostly the loss of spawning habitat by the creation of dams – and overfishing in the past, the lake sturgeon is a threatened species in Michigan. Specific regulations limit sport fishing and no commercial harvest is allowed.

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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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