Sturgeon Spearing Season Ends Quickly on Black Lake|
It took just 30 minutes into the second day of the season for anglers
to harvest the five sturgeon quota from Black Lake, the Department of
Natural Resources and Environment said.
Spear fishermen took four fish during the first six-hour day of
This year, the DNRE worked with Sturgeon for Tomorrow to change the
registration procedure, allowing open access to spearing instead of
issuing a limited number of permits. DNRE personnel registered 255
anglers for Saturday’s opener and 169 on Sunday.
Successful anglers were required to register their fish immediately
with the DNRE. The season was closed - and anglers still on the ice were
notified - when the fifth fish was taken Sunday morning.
The sturgeon taken ranged from 28 pounds to a 104-pound, 75-inch
specimen. Four of the fish had previously been captured by DNRE and
Michigan State University netting crews and marked with passive
integrated transponder (PIT) tags.
“The season worked out very well,” said DNRE fisheries biologist
Tim Cwalinski. “We were able to allow a lot more participation and
still protect the sturgeon population. We received nothing but positive
comments from the public and we appreciate the efforts of Sturgeon for
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the
conservation, protection, management and accessible use of the state’s
environment, natural resources and related economic interests for
current and future generations.
Source: Michigan DNRE