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GLIN==> Black Lake sturgeon rules announced

Contact: David Borgeson, 989-732-3541

Black Lake sturgeon rules announced

State Fisheries officials today announced this year’s guidelines for the
annual winter sturgeon fishing season on Presque Isle County’s Black Lake.

The winter sturgeon season on Black Lake was designed to provide a winter
lake sturgeon fishery while addressing the need to rehabilitate seriously
depleted sturgeon stocks by reducing the harvest.

This year’s harvest limit is five fish, and a 36-inch size minimum applies.
Anglers are selected randomly from a daily lottery. Selected anglers may
fish between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. of the day their name is drawn. Registration
begins Feb. 12 at noon for the first day of fishing on Feb. 15. Unsuccessful
applicants may apply for the next day’s drawing. The season runs until the
end of February, or until the harvest goal is met.

Anglers interested in registering for the drawing should call the Department
of Natural Resources’ Report All Poaching hotline (800-292-7800), or apply
in person at The Bluffs Resort, 10905 High Bluffs Dr., Cheboygan. All
applicants must be at least 17-years of age and have a valid Michigan
fishing license.

Following each daily drawing at 7 pm, the list of successful applicants is
posted at the Bluffs and available by calling the RAP hotline. All tags,
flags, and other items required by anglers to fish this special season are
available at the Bluff’s Resort beginning at 7 a.m. on the morning for which
they are valid. Participating anglers must pick up their tags or notify
participating DNR personnel by 10 a.m. or forfeit their opportunity for that
day. Any unclaimed tags will be available to anglers at the resort through a
secondary lottery drawing. Tags are not transferable, and anglers must
present proof of identification when pickup up their tags.

Those taking sturgeon illegally face jail time, fines up to $3,000 and loss
of one’s fishing license. These measures were implemented as part of the
state’s commitment to rehabilitate Michigan’s sturgeon numbers.

For more details on sturgeon fishing regulations, see page 22 of the 2003
Michigan Fishing Guide, or visit the DNR web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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