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ONAWAY, MICH. — One of Michigan’s most anticipated fishing seasons is scheduled to return for 4 days — though it very well may wrap up in a matter of hours.
A beloved regional tradition that brings out hundreds of anglers and spectators, the lake sturgeon fishing season on Cheboygan County’s Black Lake near Onaway, Michigan, owes its typically short duration to the low harvest limit set each year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The 2022 season will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 05, 2022.
Though the event technically is scheduled to end at 2 p.m. Feb. 9, it will close as soon as this year’s harvest limit of six fish (total, not per angler) has been met, or when five fish have been harvested at the end of any fishing day, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The season usually ends within one day; last year’s ended just two hours after it began.
Lake sturgeon are considered a bucket-list game fish for many anglers. Not only are there very few sturgeon strongholds left in Michigan, but the fish themselves are wildly impressive: Their ancestors date back to the time of dinosaurs, and the present-day fish can live more than 100 years, topping 200 pounds at lengths over 7 feet long.
While the half-dozen or so sturgeon caught at Black Lake during each year’s event usually are smaller, weighing between 25 to 75 pounds, the potential for glimpsing a giant is partly why the annual season has such a big draw.
For the 2022 season, all anglers MUST register online by Feb. 4 to participate, and those 17 or older must have a valid Michigan fishing license.
The DNR is warning anglers to be aware of marginal ice conditions on regional lakes so far this year, and to use extreme caution if fishing.