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2022 Black Lake Sturgeon Season Wraps Up

Black Lake Sturgeon

The 2022 Black Lake sturgeon season concluded in 36 minutes Saturday morning.

This year’s Black Lake sturgeon season in Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties concluded at 8:36 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.  The season, which included spearing and hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 5-9, or until the harvest limit quota of six lake sturgeon had been reached.

There were 656 registered anglers and several supervised youth that took part in the season.

According to the DNR, five sturgeon harvested were male and one was a female, ranging from 46 to 62 inches long and 23 to 67 pounds in weight.

  • The first fish was a 59.5-inch female that weighed 48 pounds.
  • Fish number two, the largest fish, was a 62-inch male that weighed 67 pounds.
  • Fish three was a 47-inch male that checked in at 25 pounds.
  • Fish four was a 57-inch male that weighed 45 pounds.
  • The fifth fish was a 46-inch male that weighed 23 pounds.
  • The sixth fish was a 56-inch male that weighed 35 pounds.

All six fish that were captured Saturday were previously captured by Michigan State University and the DNR during spring spawning runs in the Black River or from past surveys of Black Lake. The harvested 62-inch male originally was captured in every other year in the spawning run from 2002 through 2020.

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Cheboygan River watershed is a joint effort of the DNR, the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon For Tomorrow, Michigan State University, Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership, the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.