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Great Lakes Trout & Splake Regulations

Fishing Regulations Michigan Freshwater Fishing

Lake Trout Management Units and Refuges

For a complete description of refuge and management unit boundaries, check online or contact any DNR Customer Service Center. If viewing this guide online, click here for a complete map with coordinates.

Great Lakes Boundary Data provided by ESRI

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

Any changes will be posted on the DNR website (
and in a pre-recorded message at 888-367-7060.

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.


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


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.

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

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


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

Lake Michigan: map color coded by unit regulations

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

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

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


MM 4: Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Northport

MM 5: Leland, Frankfort, Platte Bay

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

Open all year

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


Note: updated 6-9-2017