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Harbor Beach Research Fishery
Large Mesh Trap Nets
The Harbor Beach fishing opportunity is limited to 10 large mesh trapnets. Large mesh trapnets is the standard, authorized fishing gear for whitefish within the state-licensed commercial fishery and 10 nets is the standard number of nets authorized per license. Large mesh trapnets are typically 1,500 feet long, 500 feet wide, 30-40 feet high, and normally fished in water 80 to 150 feet deep.
Basic trap net anatomy consists of the following (also see trapnet diagram below):
Basic net marking consists of the following (also see trapnet diagram below):
Left to right in the above diagram, represents offshore/lakeward to inshore/shoreward when encountered on the water.
Two staff buoys and three additional floats are required markings on each trap net. All extra ropes and line are weighted and sunk so the only items on the water's surface are the marker buoys and floats.
Actual single float being used a Harbor Beach.
Actual single flag staff buoy and float used at Harbor Beach.
Actual double flag staff used at Harbor Beach.
Fishing Grounds and Net Locations
Commercial fishing has commenced for the 2022 and nets are currently being set. Below is a list of the known coordinates of each net arranged north to south.
The fishing grounds include portions of grids 1614 and 1615 and all of grids 1714 and 1715. The northern fishing ground boundary is latitude 43°48'N and the southern boundary is latitude 43°30'N. The eastern boundary is longitude 82°20'W. The maximum depth nets may be fished is 150 feet so commercial fishing nets will not be set all the way to the eastern boundary. View map.
|#1||43o 39.567||82o 29.268|
|#2||43o 39.342||82o 28.803|
|#3||43o 37.530||82o 29.240|
|#4||43o 37.404||82o 28.622|
|#5||43o 35.243||82o 28.147|
|#6||43o 34.982||82o 28.738|
|#7||43o 33.604||82o 28.388|
|#8||43o 33.501||82o 27.768|
|#9||43o 31.749||82o 27.114|
|#10||43o 31.895||82o 27.719|