The Department of Natural Resources today announced new lake trout and splake regulations in the northern portion of Lake Huron, specifically for Management Units MH-1 and MH-2 (see descriptions below). The changes will be implemented on June 14, 2012, and include:
- A daily possession limit of three (3) lake trout or splake
- A minimum size limit for lake trout and splake of 15 inches
- A possession season from May 1 through Sept. 30
Additionally, the revised regulations set the lake-wide minimum size limit for lake trout and splake at 15 inches throughout Lake Huron.
These regulation changes affect the following Lake Huron fishing ports:
- MH-1 Ports: Cedarville, Cheboygan, DeTour, Hammond Bay, Mackinaw City, Rogers City and St. Ignace
- MH-2 Ports: Alpena, Black River, Presque Isle and Rockport
These regulations will remain in effect until March 31, 2017, or until Fisheries Order FO-200 is amended or rescinded, whichever comes first. While these regulations may be reviewed and amended annually, a review of these regulations will occur no later than Aug. 1, 2016.
MH-1 and MH-2 Legal Descriptions
MH-1 is bounded on the west by the Mackinac Bridge, on the north by an east-west line from the village of DeTour in Chippewa County at Latitude 46°00’N to the west shore of Drummond Island and an east-west line from the east shore of Drummond Island at Latitude 46°00’N to the international boundary, and on the east and south by a line beginning where Longitude 083°30’W intersects the international boundary near Drummond Island in Chippewa County and extending southward along said longitude to Latitude 45°30’N, then extending westward along said latitude to Longitude 083°40’W, then extending southward along said longitude to shore about 3.5 miles southeast of Adams Point in Presque Isle County.
MH-2 is bounded on the north by MH-1, on the east by the international boundary, and on the south by an east-west line extending from the shore about 1 mile north of Black River in Alcona County at Latitude 44°50’N and extending eastward along said latitude to the international boundary.