Lake Superior lake trout harvest
Lake trout harvest (WI-2 waters)
Click on the white cross hatch icon below to see lake trout harvest totals for 2020-2021. Monthly harvest totals will be updated periodically. The season may close when the harvest total reaches the trigger.
- Lake trout harvest totals 2020-2021
Date Month Harvest Total Harvest Number to reach the triggerDec '2033339,467Jan '211591929,308Feb '211,4061,5987,902Mar '215262,1247,376Apr '21652,1897,311 May '21 2,470 4,659 4,841 June '21 -- -- -- July '21 -- -- -- Aug '21 -- -- --
Monthly harvest totals will be updated periodically
Lake trout sport angler quota calculation
The lake trout sport angler allocation for WI-2 during the 2020 and 2021 fishing season is 12,670 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 9,500 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
The lake trout in Lake Superior are managed within two harvest zones (WI-1 and WI-2). Lake trout numbers declined in the WI-2 zone – the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior - during 2003 to 2012. As a result, harvest quotas were 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).
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 a moderate risk of reaching the quota prior to the end of the season.