Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Regulations

Below are the Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake Regulations that were changed on June 9, 2017. You can see the regulations as printed in the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide through this link.

Possession Season for Lake Trout and Splake

  • Lake Superior MI 1 through MI 8:  open all year.
  • Lake Huron MH 1 through MH 2:  January 1 – September 30.
  • Lake Huron MH 3 through MH 6:  open all year.
  • Lake Michigan MM 1 through MM 5:  January 1 – September 30.
  • Lake Michigan MM 6 through MM 8:  open all year.

Size limits for Lake Trout and Splake

  • Lake Superior MI 1 through MI 8:  the minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15 inches, except that the daily possession limit shall not include more than one (1) lake trout 34 inches or greater.
  • Lake Huron MH 1 through MH 6:  the minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15 inches.
  • Lake Michigan MM 1 through MM 4:  the minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15 inches.
  • Lake Michigan MM 5 through MM 8:  the minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15 inches.

Daily possession limit

  • Lake Superior MI 1 through MI 3:  three (3) lake trout.
  • Lake Superior MI 4 through MI 8:  five (5) lake trout.
  • Lake Huron MH 1 through MH 6:  three (3) lake trout.
  • Lake Michigan MM 1 through MM 5:  two (2) lake trout.
  • Lake Michigan MM 6 through MM 8:  three (3) lake trout.

*Also: In Type F drowned river mouth lakes, the lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all year.