Lake Sturgeon Fishing & Registration Information

All anglers shall obtain a non-transferable Lake Sturgeon Permit and Tag prior to fishing for lake sturgeon (available free at license vendors). Upon harvesting a lake sturgeon, anglers must validate their Lake Sturgeon Harvest Tag, attach it to the lake sturgeon, and register their harvest within 24 hours (see below for registration options. Lake sturgeon harvest is limited to one (1) per year per angler. Harvest of lake sturgeon is limited to the waters below as indicated. Lake sturgeon fishing season information can be found in the annual Michigan Fishing Guide.


Lake Sturgeon Fishing Tag and Harvest Tag Example 
(Tag colors vary each year.)

 

Example of Lake Sturgeon Fishing and Harvest Tag

 

How to validate your Lake Sturgeon Harvest Tag 

 

Example of Lake Sturgeon Harvest Tag

 

NOTICE: Import and Export Permits are required by Federal Law for transporting sturgeon between the U.S. and Canada.

 

 

LAKE STURGEON REGULATIONS

 

Fishing for Lake Sturgeon 
On all waters of the state, except for those noted below, fishing for lake sturgeon shall be catch-and-immediate-release using hook-and-line gear.

Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River (St. Clair, Macomb, and Wayne Counties)

  • The hook-and-line harvest season for lake sturgeon shall be July 16 through September 30, inclusive.
  • The hook-and-line catch-and-immediate-release season for lake sturgeon shall be October 1 through November 30, inclusive.
  • Fishing for lake sturgeon shall be prohibited from December 1 through July 15, inclusive.
  • Size Limit: between 42 and 50 inches, inclusive.

 

Otsego Lake (Otsego Co.)

  • The hook-and-line harvest season for lake sturgeon shall be July 16 through March 15, inclusive.
  • Fishing for lake sturgeon shall be prohibited from March 16 through July 15, inclusive.
  • Size Limit: 50 inches minimum.

 

Black Lake (Cheboygan Co.)

  • The spearing and hook-and-line harvest season for lake sturgeon shall be the first Saturday in February through the following Wednesday, inclusive or until the harvest quota has been reached, whichever comes first.
  • Fishing for lake sturgeon shall be prohibited from the end of the harvest season through the first Friday in February, inclusive.
  • Size Limit: No minimum size limit.
  • Harvest Limit: The total harvest by all anglers combined shall not exceed a set amount of lake sturgeon for each designated year.
  • Spearing and hook-and-line fishing for lake sturgeon shall be allowed during specific hours of each day the harvest season remains open as established above.
  • Prior to fishing, an angler shall register and obtain a flag. The flag shall be displayed outside the entryway to the shanty being used, and shall be displayed for the entire time of fishing for lake sturgeon each day.
  • A lake sturgeon that is harvested shall be immediately tagged with a validated lake sturgeon harvest tag and immediately registered with DNR personnel on the ice, according to instructions received when anglers obtain their display flag. All lake sturgeon harvested from Black Lake shall be subject to internal examination of reproductive organs by DNR personnel.
  • Contact DNR Gaylord office for details 989-732-3541.
  • For information on lake sturgeon fishing on Black Lake in Cheboygan County, check out the Frequently Asked Questions document.

 

Menominee River and Boundary Waters (Michigan-Wisconsin Boundary)
  • The hook-and-line harvest season for lake sturgeon shall be the first Saturday in September through September 30, inclusive.
  • Fishing for lake sturgeon shall be prohibited from October 1 through the first Friday in September, inclusive.
  • For the Menominee River (from Hattie Street Dam to the end of the breakwalls in Green Bay) lake sturgeon harvest is prohibited.
  • Size Limit: 60 inches minimum.

 

All Other Waters of the State

  • The hook-and-line, catch-and-immediate-release fishing season shall be July 16 through November 30, inclusive.
  • Fishing for lake sturgeon shall be prohibited from December 1 through July 15, inclusive.

 


 

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR LAKE STURGEON

Fish harvested from Black Lake must be registered immediately on site with DNR personnel, instructions will be given when anglers register for the fishery and obtain a flag (see Black Lake section of regulations above).

Fish harvested from Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River (must be registered within 24 hours of harvest)

Call for an appointment to register in person at:

Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station
33135 South River Rd
Harrison Twp, MI 48045
586-465-4771

OR

Waterford Fish Station
7806 Gale Road
Waterford, MI 48327
248-666-7445

OR

Anglers may register their harvested lake sturgeon via phone by calling toll-free: 1-844-345-3474.

When registering via phone: Please speak slowly and clearly while recording catch information as a voice message. Anglers will need to provide the following information regarding their catch - angler name (please spell the last name), address, contact phone number (please repeat the phone number, including area code), fish length, weight (if weighed), date of catch, and waterbody where caught.

Fish harvested from Otsego Lake (must be registered within 24 hours of harvest)

Gaylord DNR Office
1732 M-32 West
Gaylord, MI 49735
989-732-3541, ext. 5071

OR

Anglers may register their harvested lake sturgeon via phone by calling toll-free: 1-844-345-3474.

When registering via phone: Please speak slowly and clearly while recording catch information as a voice message. Anglers will need to provide the following information regarding their catch - angler name (please spell the last name), address, contact phone number (please repeat the phone number, including area code), fish length, weight (if weighed), date of catch, and waterbody where caught.

Fish harvested from the Menominee River (must be registered within 24 hours of harvest)

The Menominee River lake sturgeon fishery is managed jointly with the State of Wisconsin. Fish harvested from the Menominee River need to be registered in person at one of the locations listed below. If none are open, call 715-923-1156 for assistance.

Bear Point Yacht Club
Hwy 180
Wausaukee, WI 54177
Thursday, 2 p.m. to close; Friday, noon to close; Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m. to close
715-856-5092 or 715-927-7494

Bobwhite Trout and Bait
Hwy 141
Coleman, WI
Monday-Wednesday, 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
920-897-3812

Peshtigo Service Center
101 North Ogden Road
Peshtigo, WI
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
715-582-5002