Wisconsin sturgeon management plan available

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Sturgeon Management Plan will be available for public comment starting Oct. 14, and the department will host a public meeting to discuss the plan in Green Bay on Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.
The meeting will also be webcast through the DNR Media site at dnr.wi.gov, search "sturgeon management." The public may attend the meeting in person or tune in online to learn more about the management plan. Stakeholders who choose to watch the meeting live via Media site will have an opportunity to ask questions to be answered during the comment period.
The DNR will be accepting public comments from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. Comments can be submitted at the meeting or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
"Wisconsin waters are home to some of the strongest populations of lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon in North America," said Ryan Koenigs, who chairs the DNR Sturgeon Team. "Effective management of these species is critical to sustaining populations and maintaining harvest opportunities into the future."
Both sturgeon species support unique recreational harvest opportunities, and a commercial fishery persists on the Mississippi River for shovelnose sturgeon.
Lake sturgeon management activities are currently guided by a Lake Sturgeon Management Plan that was produced in 2000. Many of the objectives of this plan have since been accomplished, and there is not a plan in place to guide the management of Wisconsin's shovelnose sturgeon populations and fisheries. The updated plan will guide future management activities of Wisconsin's unique sturgeon resources.
The Green Bay meeting will be held at the Green Bay DNR Service Center, Lake Michigan Room, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313-6727.
To learn more about sturgeon management, visit the DNR website and search "sturgeon management."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

DNR to hold smallmouth bass public meeting in Sturgeon Bay

STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting in October to discuss the smallmouth bass fishery in waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay surrounding Door County.
This meeting will allow department staff members an opportunity to engage stakeholders and present information on this outstanding fishery.
The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. on Oct. 15, in the Lecture Hall at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., in Sturgeon Bay.
Providing information from recent surveys of Door County smallmouth bass populations as well as specific research will be significant components of this meeting. Gathering input from stakeholders will be a critical part of the public meeting as well, including input on current issues that are important to them."
To learn more about fisheries management, visit the DNR website and search keyword "fishing."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Input sought on Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters fishing changes

For the first time in nearly 70 years, Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing notable changes to border waters fishing regulations - and the Minnesota DNR wants the public to weigh in on them.
“We wholeheartedly welcome public input,” said Kevin Stauffer, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Lake City. “The proposed regulations are intended to help sustain high quality fish populations and the great fishing opportunities these Mississippi River border waters offer.”
The proposed rules, which are available on the DNR’s website, would lower possession limits, and change some length limits, for walleye and sauger, northern pike, channel and flathead catfish, shovelnose sturgeon, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, and white and yellow bass in the Mississippi River, including Lake Pepin. Some examples include:
* Walleye and sauger limit to decrease from 6 to 4.
* Crappie, sunfish and yellow perch limit to decrease from 25 to 15 each.
* White and yellow bass limit to decrease from 25 to 10.
The proposed changes are proactive measures that would help both states manage the effects that changing river conditions, invasive species and angling effectiveness have on fish.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has proposed identical changes.
With the exception of minimum size limits for bass (14 inches) and walleye (15 inches) implemented in 1990, possession and size restrictions for gamefish on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River have been largely unchanged for the last seven decades. The current proposed changes to bag and size limits for most gamefish species were developed from biological data and input obtained from public meetings in May and November of 2018.
The Minnesota DNR is accepting public comments through Friday, Oct. 4. The DNR is using an expedited rule-making procedure to make these changes effective by March 2020. Wisconsin intends to make its corresponding rule changes at this same time.
Comments must be in writing and submitted to Shannon Fisher, Division of Fish and Wildlife, MN DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, or emailed to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions also should be directed to Fisher.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, is open this fall on designated lakes.
Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year.
Whitefish netting schedules are based on expected water temperatures. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water while tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources allows netting when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water. Game fish incidentally taken in nets must be returned to the water immediately.
Complete regulations, including designated lakes, netting schedules and requirements related to use of gear and invasive species, are available on the DNR website.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Sparta angler wins BFL tourney in La Crosse

Fernando Lobato of Sparta, WI, captured the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League season-ending tournament on the Mississippi River in La Crosse last weekend.
Lobato hauled in a two-day limit totaling 31 pounds, 2 ounces and collected $5,316 to pace the Angler Division. Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, MN, finished runner-up with 29-5 and earned $2,858. La Crosse FLW Tour pro Tom Monsoor finished 24th with 11-9.
Jason Agpalza, from Rock Island, IL, dominated the Co-Angler Division with 25-8 and won $2,758.


On Mississippi River
In La Crosse, WI

Sept. 7-8 Results

1. FERNANDO LOBATO, SPARTA, WI 15-9 (5) 15-9 (5) 31-2 $5,316
2. CADE LAUFENBERG, GOODVIEW, MN 16-7 (5) 12-14 (5) 29-5 $2,858
3. KYLER CHELMINIAK, SULLIVAN, WI 13-8 (5) 15-8 (5) 29-0 $2,074
4. TRAVIS BRUEGGEN, CASHTON, WI 16-2 (5) 12-1 (5) 28-3 $1,240
5. MIKE BRUEGGEN, LA CROSSE 15-7 (5) 12-11 (5) 28-2 $1,746
6. BRANDON GANN, SPARTA, WI 12-14 (5) 14-6 (5) 27-4 $975
7. GLENN WALKER, SAVAGE, MN 12-5 (5) 14-0 (5) 26-5 $886
8. DOUGLAS CHAPIN, GREEN BAY, WI 14-8 (5) 11-12 (5) 26-4 $797
9. ANTHONY GETCHELL, MENOMINEE, MI 12-15 (5) 13-2 (5) 26-1 $709
10. KEVIN JOHNSON, SPARTA, WI 13-7 (5) 12-7 (5) 25-14 $620

1. JASON AGPALZA, ROCK ISLAND, IL 5-11 (5) 9-13 (5) 25-8 $2,758
2. KRISTIAN DUS, CHICAGO, IL 11-12 (5) 9-1 (5) 20-13 $1,479
3. ALAN BERNICKY, JOLIET, IL 8-7 (4) 12-4 (5) 20-11 $1,036
4. JESSIE POLLARD, WHITEHALL, WI 9-14 (5) 8-15 (5) 18-13 $620
5. BRENT SCHROEDER, CALEDONIA, MN 11-8 (5) 6-1 (3) 17-9 $532
6. JEFF PFEFFER, ISANTI, MN 11-14 (5) 5-8 (3) 17-6 $487
7. RICK RAGNER, LA CROSSE 11-4 (5) 6-2 (3) 17-6 $443
8. PAUL AMBROSE, LA CROSSE 9-11 (5) 7-1 (3) 16-12 $399
9. JEREMY PARKER, BATAVIA, IL 9-12 (5) 6-0 (3) 15-12 $354
10. TROY KARAFA, HEBRON, IL 9-10 (4) 5-14 (3) 15-8 $310   

Wisconsin DNR to host fish hatchery open houses

MADISON, WI - See where Lake Michigan trout and salmon get their start and enjoy a variety of family-friendly fishing-related activities when state fish egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses this October.
The events give fish enthusiasts of all ages a chance to see Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of Lake Michigan trout and salmon to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond."
The Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility open house is on Oct. 5, and the Root River Steelhead Facility open house is on Oct. 12.
The open houses also offer fun, hands-on learning for fishing skills like fly tying, knot tying, and casting, all in beautiful settings along two major tributaries to Lake Michigan. At both facilities, after DNR staff spawn the fish, they are returned to the rivers, providing good fishing opportunities for shore anglers.
"Come watch with us, have some fun, and get out there fishing," said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes Fisheries District Supervisor.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, enjoy the Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at N3884 Ransom Moore Lane in Kewaunee. Watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, fish print a T-shirt, enjoy fishing displays and activities and guided facility tours. Also enjoy wagon rides provided by the Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen. Food and beverages will be for sale, and there is an opportunity to adopt a sturgeon for river release.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, enjoy the 11th annual Salmon Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the DNR Root River Steelhead Facility in Lincoln Park in Racine, 2200 Domanik Dr. The open house will include guided tours, hands-on demonstrations of fish spawning, fish and fishing information stations, interactive fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying and fly tying. DNR staff and volunteers from Salmon Unlimited and Trout Unlimited strongly encourage people of all ages to take part in a great day at a great place along the beautiful Root River.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Draft plan for Lake Superior fishery available for public comment

ASHLAND, WI - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will hold two public meetings to discuss an updated Lake Superior fisheries management plan.
The meetings are at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16, at the Peter Rich Community Center, 1201 N 8th St. Superior, and at 6 p.m., on Sept. 17, at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland.
At these meetings, department staff will present the draft Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan, which has been developed over the last two years with significant input from stakeholders and a 26-member advisory panel. Attendees at these meetings also have an opportunity to provide comments on the plan. In conjunction with these meetings, there will be a 30-day comment period on the plan.
"The previous Lake Superior fisheries management plan is 30 years old," said Bradley Ray, DNR fisheries supervisor. "This meeting is the culmination of two years of effort by the Lake Superior Fisheries Team, the 26 members of the Lake Superior Management Plan Advisory Panel, and numerous other stakeholders to update the Plan. We are excited to unveil this draft of the Plan for more public input."
The fisheries management plan provides a broad overview of fisheries and fish communities of Lake Superior and establishes objectives for future management. The management plan incorporates input from diverse stakeholders including representatives from sport, commercial, and tribal fisheries, conservation groups, academia, tourism, and land and water conservation groups.
"Lake Superior is a shared fishery, and we have endeavored to take all interests into account in the development of this plan. The plan allows the department to implement existing effective management strategies and to direct future adaptive management strategies for Lake Superior. We look forward to sharing the draft plan with our stakeholders allowing them to have another chance to be involved in the direction of fisheries management in Lake Superior over the next 10 years," said Ray.
To learn more about Lake Superior fishery management and review the draft Lake Superior Management Plan or submit comments on the draft plan, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "Lake Superior fisheries management" or contact Bradley Ray via phone 715-779-4036 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. People can submit written comments on the plan through Oct. 20.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR