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Fishing WisconsinLake Superior lake trout harvest

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Lake trout are a popular target in the Lake Superior fishery.

Lake trout harvest (WI-2 waters)

lake trout harvest counter

Harvest chronology

Click on the blue triangle below to see lake trout harvest totals for 2018-2019. Harvest totals will be updated monthly. The season may close when the harvest total reaches the trigger.

Lake trout harvest totals 2018-2019
Date Month Harvest Total Harvest Number to reach trigger
Dec '18
7
7
12793
Jan '19
58
65
12735
Feb '19
1052
1117
11683
Mar '19
436
1553
11247
Apr '19
22
1575
11225
May '19
327
1878
10922
Jun '19
1900
3802
8998
Jul '19
2741
6543
6257
Aug '19
2947
9490
3310

Lake trout sport angler quota calculation

The lake trout sport angler allocation for WI-2 during the 2018 and 2019 fishing season is 16,133 fish. Angler harvest is monitored with the use of a creel survey and mandatory charter captain reports. A harvest trigger has been set to prevent overharvest of lake trout. When the 12,800 fish trigger is reached, lake trout fishing in WI-2 may be immediately closed, with no more fishing for lake trout. The trigger was set to account for delays in data processing during times of potential high harvest.

 

Lake Superior lake trout management


Lake trout harvest zones

The lake trout in Lake Superior are managed within two harvest zones (WI-1 and WI-2). Lake trout numbers have declined in the WI-2 zone – the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior - during the past eight to ten years.  As a result, harvest quotas have been reduced for sport and commercial fishers. 

How was this regulation selected? Over the past several years, Fisheries Management has asked anglers for input regarding various lake trout regulation options. In the fall of 2017 , anglers participated in a poll that included four different bag and length limit options (see below) and the associated risk with each option reaching the quota before the end of the season (September 30th).

Lake trout harvest zones

Results from the survey indicated a majority of participants supported a regulation that included a bag of two lake trout with a 15 inch minimum and one fish that could be longer than 25 inches.  This regulation option allows the greatest harvest opportunity but also has moderate risk of reaching the quota prior to the end of the season.


Contact information

For more information: Bradley Ray, Biologist, Lake Superior Work Unit

Last revised: Friday September 13 2019