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February 7, 2014

Sturgeon harvest begins and ends

Sturgeon harvest begins and ends

LANSING (AP) — State officials say this year’s sturgeon harvest on Black Lake in northern Michigan ended almost as soon as it began.

The Department of Natural Resources says it took less than 90 minutes Feb. 1 for anglers to fill the quota of six sturgeon, using spears or hooks and lines. The season had been scheduled to run for five days if it took that long to reach the limit.

There were 228 registered anglers on the frozen Cheboygan County lake suface. DNR fisheries biologist Tim Cwalinski says the fish had been on the move, giving fishermen a better chance to see them.

The largest caught fish was a female that weighed 90 pounds and measured 66 inches.

Cannons and sirens were sounded when the quota was reached to avoid overharvesting.

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