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Freshwater Drum

Scientific Name: Drums Aplodinotus grunniens

Habitats: Great Lake Huron, Great Lake Michigan, Great Lake Superior

Edibility Score:
1.0/5

Toxicity Level: High

State Recommended Max Servings Per Month: 1

Freshwater Drum Aplodinotus grunniens

Family Drums (Sciaenidae)

Drum Fish are common throughout much of the Mississippi River watershed and several great lakes including Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Michigan.

Drum fish species have been either intentionally or accidentally introduced to Lake Superior along with: Atlantic salmon, brown trout, carp, chinook salmon, coho salmon, freshwater drum, pink salmon, rainbow smelt, rainbow trout, round goby, ruffe, sea lamprey and white perch.

Young black drum are often mistaken for sheepshead due to their black and silver stripes, but they generally grow out of this as they reach maturity and adopt a more even silver-gray color. The coloration of both fish is black and white but sheepshead are white with black stripes and black drum are gray with dark bars.

Mature Male Drums make a grunting noise that comes from a special set of muscles within the body cavity that vibrate against a swim bladder.
Drum meat is not flaky it is tougher and solid, not considered a clean fish.

Health : Local waters have PCBs, dioxin, mercury, PFOS, and other chemicals that can be found in fish and stay in our environment for a very long time.

Be aware of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – The Eat Safe Fish Guide (ESF Guide)

Wisconsin has the a health guide for eating fish in Wisconsin – Choose Wisely Contaminate Advisories for Wisconsin

Fishing Season

Season:

Northern Wisconsin - Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, Round Whitefish, Smelt, Sunfishes, White Bass, Yellow Perch & Other Species
All boundary waters Open All Year

All others No size limit No possession limit Open All Year

Consult Net Gear Regulations as Net Gear and some waters are regulated.

LINK TO WISCONSIN REGULATIONS

Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, Round Whitefish, Smelt, Sunfishes, White Bass, Yellow Perch & Other Species
All boundary waters Open All Year

All others No size limit No possession limit Open All Year

Consult Net Gear Regulations as Net Gear and some waters are regulated.

LINK TO MICHIGAN REGULATIONS

WI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Wisconsin Record Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead).

Weight - 35 lbs. 4 oz. Length 37.5 Inches.

Date - 08/29/1992

Location Mississippi River Crawford County.

Wisconsin Hook and Line Records for Fishing

MI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Michigan Record Freshwater Drum.

Weight - 28.61 lbs. Length 34.02 Inches.

Date - 2015

Location Muskegon Lake Muskegon County.

Michigan Hook and Line Records for Fishing
DNR Master Angler Michigan.gov Program and Map

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