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Fishing WisconsinLake Superior fisheries management plan

Anglers, commercial fishers and fish enthusiasts are helping us develop a new management plan for Lake Superior.

We want your input

Based on our initial stakeholder meeting held on June 26, 2017, those present decided that forming an advisory panel to work with the Department in developing the next Lake Superior Plan was the best option. Meetings convened to work on the plan will be detailed below and will include the agenda, minutes and additional information presented at each meeting.

November, 2017 Advisory Panel Meeting

This meeting will be held at 6:00 pm at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland Campus. We hope to work towards objectives and tactics for the first two draft goals:

  1. Protect and enhance diversity and connectivity of habitats through best management practices and comprehensive land use planning that maximize aquatic habitat potential.
  2. Work with stakeholders to identify and implement strategies that protect, support, and enhance the diversity, sustainability, and viability of state and tribal sport, commercial, and subsistence fishing.

October 16, 2017 Advisory Panel Meeting

This second meeting of the Advisory panel will focus on the Vision and goals of the new Lake Superior Fish Managemetn Plan. The meeting is at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland Campus.

Agenda [PDF]
Meeting Notes [PDF]

September 7, 2017 Initial Advisory Panel Meeting

This meeting focused on the overall vision of the management plan which is to help us achieve future desired conditions for Wisconsin Waters of Lake Superior based on stakeholder preferences and past and current conditions of Lake Superior.

Agenda [PDF]
Meeting Notes [PDF]
Presentation [PDF]
Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan 2015 - 2019 [PDF]
Lake Superior Action Plan 2017 - 2019 [PDF]
The State of Lake Superior in 2011 [PDF]

June 26, 2017 Initial Stakeholder meeting

Our work with you and partners to manage Wisconsin's Lake Superior fishery has been guided by a 10 year plan that needs revision. This meeting sought input as we plan on developing a new plan for the next 10 years (2019-2028). We gathered initial input into the direction that we should take on managing Lake Superior fisheries into the future.

Agenda [PDF 91KB]
Presentation [PDF 748KB]
Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan 1988 - 1998 [PDF 1406]

Contact information

To provide comments on the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan, send an email to: DNR Lake Superior Plan

OR to provide written comments, send a letter to:

Bradley Ray
Department of Natural Resources
141 South Third Street
Bayfield, WI 54814

Last revised: Monday November 13 2017