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Great Lakes Lake Trout & Splake Regulations

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For a complete description of refuge and management unit boundaries, see FO-200 available online or at any DNR Customer Service Center.

Great Lakes Boundary Data provided by ESRI

Lake Trout Management Units and Refuges

For lake trout and splake, the minimum size limit is 10″ and the season is open all year unless otherwise noted in the table below. The daily possession limit for lake trout and splake is 5 in any combination, but no more than 3 of any one species, EXCEPT in Lake Superior, as noted in Table 4 below.

Table 4: Lake Trout & Splake Regulations for the Great Lakes

Lake Trout Management Unit, Major Ports

Possession Season

Size Restrictions (inches)

Lake Trout Possession Limit

Lake Superior: map color coded by unit regulations

MI 1-3: Windigo, Ontonagon, Copper Harbor

Open All Year

The minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15″; the daily possession limit shall not include more than 1 lake trout 34″ or greater.

3

MI 4-8: Big Bay, Marquette, Au Train, Munising, Grand Marais, Pendills Bay, Brimley State Park

5

Lake Huron: map color coded by unit regulations

MH 1-2: DeTour, Cedarville, St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Rogers City, Presque Isle, Rockport, Alpena, Black R

May 1 – Sep. 30 (lake trout and splake)

The minimum size limit for lake trout and splake shall be 15″.

3

MH 3-6: Harrisville, Tawas, Grindstone, Harbor Beach, Lexington

Jan. 1 – Sep. 30 (lake trout and splake)

Lake Michigan: map color coded by unit regulations

MM 1-3: Menominee, Escanaba, Manistique, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix

Jan. 1 – Sep. 30 (splake is open all year)

The minimum size limit for lake trout shall be 20″ and the maximum size limit shall be 25″, except that the daily possession limit may include no more than 1 lake trout 34″ or greater. NOTE: The minimum size limit for splake shall be 15″ in the L. Michigan waters of Delta and Menominee Cos.

3

MM 4: Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Northport

The minimum size limit for lake trout shall be 20″ and the maximum size limit shall be 25″, except that the daily possession limit may include no more than 1 lake trout 25″ or greater.

MM 5: Leland, Frankfort, Platte Bay

The minimum size limit for lake trout shall be 20″.

MM 6-8: Arcadia, Manistee, Ludington, Grand Haven, Holland, New Buffalo

Jan. 1 – Oct. 31 (splake is open all year)

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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