Lake trout fishing in Wisconsin’s waters of Lake Superior east of Bark Point will close as of Sunday evening, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have announced.
The zone, known as WI-2, stretches from Bark Point to the Michigan border. Lake trout fishing will remain open in WI-1, from Superior to Bark Point, through Sept. 30.
The closure takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.
The closure is being made because the harvest of lake trout in WI-2 from last December through late July had reached a threshold of 7,350 fish out of an overall total allowable catch of 9,800, said Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor at Bayfield. Under a regulation adopted last December, the lake trout harvest would be shut down if harvest reached 7,350. Harvest figures are determined by creel surveys — angler interviews — done at landings throughout the year, and on monthly harvest reports filed by charter anglers.
If the quota had not been reached, the lake trout season in WI-2 would have continued through Sept. 30.
Lake trout regulations have become more restrictive in the WI-2 zone, which includes the Apostle Islands, in an effort to increase lake trout numbers, Margenau said.