Contact(s): Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor, 414-382-7921, Bradley.Eggold@wisconsin.gov; Todd Kalish, DNR fisheries bureau deputy director, 608-266-5285, Todd.Kalish@Wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov
MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again seeking participation from Lake Michigan anglers and other interested stakeholders to discuss the latest trends in the fishery and lay the groundwork for management decisions for 2018.
Public information meetings will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 7 in Room 3080 at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204 and on June 8 in the Lake Michigan Conference Room at Lakeshore Technical College, 1290 North Ave, Cleveland, WI 53015.
Todd Kalish, DNR deputy fisheries bureau director, said the meetings will highlight a number of actions DNR has taken in the past year, provide information about the current state of the fishery and allow for the exchange of ideas as stakeholders provide comments and suggestions about future management actions.
"Working closely with our stakeholders, we've made tremendous strides in our management including efforts to improve the early survival of stocked fish and a new rule expanding recreational lake trout harvest opportunities," Kalish said. "In addition, we are excited about efforts to create extended nearshore angling opportunities with the first batch of Skamania steelhead to be reared in the state hatchery system since 2008. We look forward to the continued exchange of information at these upcoming stakeholder meetings to help guide us moving forward."
Presentations will include recent findings of the Lake Michigan Committee, the multistate collaborative charged with aggregating and assessing Lake Michigan fishery data. Among the details:
The Lake Michigan Committee continues to improve its predator-prey ratio model and one of the latest series of calculations appears to show increasing fluctuations in the ratio as well as in auxiliary indicators such as the weight of age 3-plus chinook females, Kalish said.
"Based on all of this information, it's clear that we need to weigh future management decisions very thoroughly," Kalish said. "We look forward to working with our stakeholders in the months ahead to develop plans that continue to optimize the social, economic and biological dimensions of the Lake Michigan fishery."
To learn more, visit dnr.wi.gov and search "Fishing Lake Michigan." Background information including a copy of a presentation to stakeholders from 2016 can be found by visiting the DNR website and searching "Lake Michigan salmon and trout meetings."