Ideas for distributing stocked chinook among Lake Michigan ports accepted until Dec. 17
Weekly News article published: December 4, 2012 by the Central Office
CLEVELAND – Lake Michigan anglers and others have until Dec. 17, 2012, to submit ideas for
how the state should distribute among Lake Michigan ports the chinook salmon it will be stocking in
2013 under an agreement among the states surrounding the lake.
The states and Michigan tribes agreed to adjust stocking levels to sustain great fishing on the lake
by restoring the balance between game fish and their prey. Low levels of the main prey fish and
strong natural reproduction by chinook in Michigan tributaries spurred the agreement to reduce
chinook stocking lake wide by half. Wisconsin will lower stocking by 38 percent, sending 724,000
chinook to ports in the spring. Michigan will take a much larger cut.
“If you could not attend the Dec. 1 meeting about chinook distribution, or would like to provide
additional comments to what you gave us already, we’ll be accepting comments until December 17
via email, phone or letter,” says Brad Eggold, DNR supervisor for southern Lake Michigan.
Comments can go to Brad Eggold, Wisconsin DNR, 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204
or firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-382-7921.
Eggold and other DNR fisheries managers heard ideas on how to distribute the fish planned for
stocking from anglers and others attending the Dec. 1 meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries
Forum. The Forum is an independent group of interested stakeholders facilitated by UW-Sea
Grant. DNR fisheries biologists presented information about how DNR has distributed fish in the
past, along with information regarding suggestions anglers made earlier this year to factor license
sales into the equation and reduce stocking in Strawberry Creek in Door County.
The materials presented at that meeting are available by searching the DNR website for "Lake
Michigan Fisheries Forum" and clicking on the link for management reports." More documents will
be added over coming days so check back again, Eggold says.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Eggold (414) 382-7921
Ice fishing tournament organizers reminded to apply for a permit
Weekly News article published: November 27, 2012 by the Central Office
Now apply and pay online and get your permit decision quicker
MADISON - Organizers of ice fishing tournaments will want to apply for a permit for their 2013
event as soon as possible, and they can use a new online feature aimed at making the process
faster and more user friendly.
Organizers need to apply at least 30 days before their scheduled event, and they can now create
a user account where they can store their information and use it to populate new applications so
they don’t have to retype the information every time they apply, says Hadley Boehm, Department
of Natural Resources tournament database coordinator.
They also will be able to log back in anytime to see the status of their permit applications and to
pay online. “The idea is to make applying for tournaments online faster and more user-friendly,”
The new feature is aimed at tournament organizers who frequently apply for tournament permits,
or people who apply for a traditional tournament every year, Boehm says.
Tournament organizers are still able to apply by printing out a tournament application and sending
it and the application fee in to DNR. Download the application form and find more information by
going to DNR’s home page, dnr.wi.gov and searching for “fishing tournaments.”
Organizers need a tournament permit in cases in which any of the following apply:
• The tournament involves 20 or more boats, or 100 or more participants;
• The tournament targets any trout species on waters classified as trout streams;
• The tournament is a catch-hold-release tournament with an off-site weigh-in;
• The total prize value is $10,000 or greater, or
• The tournament will have fewer than 20 boats but will allow participants to cull bass.
In 2012 Wisconsin has received 573 tournament permit applications; 114 of them for ice fishing
tournaments. So far for 2013, 215 applications have been received, of which 69 are for ice fishing
events. Those numbers are similar to figures for 2011 and 2010.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Hadley Boehm, (608) 264-6028; Jon Hansen (608) 266-6883
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