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Michigan’s short sturgeon fishing season scheduled for Feb. 6

The DNR is allowing up to six sturgeon on Black Lake in northern Michigan this year
 A photo of a Lake Sturgeon. (Michigan DNR Photo)
A photo of a Lake Sturgeon. (Michigan DNR Photo) (WLUC)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 2:39 PM EST
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CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Anglers hoping for the rare chance to catch a lake sturgeon in Michigan have less than two weeks to register for the short fishing season.

The sturgeon season on Black Lake in Cheboygan County opens at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 and will last until a total of six lake sturgeon are caught. Usually, the quota is met on the first day, but the season will continue up to 2 p.m. Feb. 10 if fishermen don’t catch six of the prehistoric fish.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is using a new online registration tool this year. Fishermen must register by Feb. 5 and obtain a Michigan fishing license to take part in the sturgeon fishing season.

Anglers are required to provide a cell phone number, which the DNR will use to communicate the official start of fishing and to provide updates when each of the six fish are harvested. A red or blaze orange flag must be flown on shanties so DNR officials know who is fishing for sturgeon.

Anyone who lands a sturgeon must contact DNR conservation officers on the ice immediately. Call 231-340-0276 for more information on the sturgeon fishing season and special regulations.

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