Inland Waterway muskellunge tagging project

The Northern Lake Huron Management Unit is working over the next decade to learn more about the distribution, spawning areas, growth rates and harvest of muskellunge in the entire Inland Waterway of northern Michigan, including the Black, Mullett, and Burt lake systems.

This was the second year of our tagging project and we gained a great deal of information in a limited time. As to date, we have tagged 28 muskellunge in the waterway, up to 51 inches. Most are caught through our survey efforts, which mainly include nighttime electrofishing. A few have also been caught (and released) by anglers, after the DNR has tagged those fish.

We will continue to learn more about this unique population of fish, and will be able to better answer future questions on species management.

Below are some pictures of our muskellunge tagging effort:

close up of muskellunge with a tag

fisheries biologist holding a muskellunge to be tagged