Changes made to lake trout regulations on parts of lakes Huron and Michigan

The effort against the lake trout (above) is the centerpiece of a long-term fight to help Yellowstone's native cutthroat trout. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Katie Steiger-Meister)

During a meeting Thursday in Houghton, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved fishing regulation changes regarding lake trout and splake in lakes Michigan and Huron and Type F drowned river mouth lakes. The regulations went into effect today, June 9.

The regulation changes will result in expanded angling opportunities, including:

  • In the Lake Michigan lake trout management units of MM 1 through MM 4, lake trout and splake will be managed under a new minimum size limit of 15 inches (the maximum size limit regulation has been removed).
  • In the Lake Michigan lake trout management units of MM 6 through MM 8, the lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all year.
  • In the Lake Huron lake trout management units of MH 3 through MH 6, the lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all year.
  • In Type F drowned river mouth lakes, the lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all year.

The commission did not adopt proposed regulations adjustments for lake trout in the Lake Huron management units of MH 1 through MH 2.

The online version of the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide (available at michigan.gov/dnrdigests) will be updated to reflect the changes. Information also will be updated on the DNR’s fishing regulations hotline at 888-367-7060.

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