The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has increased the daily lake trout limit from two to three fish per day in Lake Michigan.
The emergency rule puts Indiana in sync with Michigan’s bag limit. DNR officials say it will make fishing less complicated for boaters who routinely fish in both states during the same trip.
The increased bag limit will also offer more harvest opportunity for lake trout in the spring and fall, when they are readily available in Indiana waters. The nearshore fishery for lake trout is becoming more popular.
Biologists are confident the lake trout population can sustain the additional harvest pressure. They say the lake trout population has been increasing in the southern basin due to the changing Lake Michigan ecosystem.