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Expanded Lake Michigan lake trout harvest takes effect April 15

04/13/2017. MADISON, Wis. – Expanded lake trout harvest opportunities will take effect Saturday, April 15 in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan thanks to an emergency rule approved by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.

The rule takes into account current lake trout populations including the reestablishment of natural reproduction in some refuge areas and is not expected to affect long-term restoration efforts, said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The new five fish daily bag limit was developed following an extensive angler engagement process that included seven public meetings with total attendance of 500.

Emergency Lake Michigan Trout Rules in Effect

March 1, 2017—The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board today approved an emergency rule regarding bag limits and season length on lake trout for Lake Michigan. The rule increases lake trout daily bag limits to five 10″ fish on Lake Michigan waters with open season from March 1–Oct 31. The previous limit was two fish.

This does not change the regulations for the Mid Lake Reef Complex (see page 66 of Wisconsin’s Hook & Line guide) where there is NO open season. 

Updated: January 11, 2022 — 11:36 am

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