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The annual sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Michigan's Cheboygan County was over in a hurry.

Anglers filled the six-fish quota within 78 minutes of the season's opening last Saturday morning. The Department of Natural Resources scheduled the season for Feb. 2-6, or until the harvest limit was reached. Officials say 403 anglers registered.

The first four sturgeon caught were males and the other two were females. They ranged from 52-72 inches long and 25-80 pounds.

Lake sturgeon are prehistoric fish that once were abundant in the Great Lakes region but plummeted because of overfishing, habitat loss and pollution.

Catches are strictly regulated. Participants in the Black Lake season were notified by text alerts, signal cannons and other means after the quota was reached.

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