Regional Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan virtual meeting set

MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources will host a regional public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan.
This meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood counties. Individuals from those counties interested in walleye management who would like to participate should contact Max Wolter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-634-7429. Pre-registration is required.
The current walleye management plan serves as a guide for one of the most sought-after fish species in Wisconsin and outlines seven goals and strategies for walleye management. The updating process will include a review of the existing plan, an analysis of available data and trends and significant public input on angling and management preferences.
The DNR is seeking public feedback on stocking priorities, regulation acceptance and agency resource allocation. Input on the planning process will be gathered through:
* Comments from the public on walleye management preferences and issues via this public input form.
* Detailed random mail/online surveys of fishing license holders (both resident and non-resident) to scientifically gauge angler attitudes about management options.
* Regional virtual meetings with stakeholder groups and individuals to discuss local management issues and partnership opportunities.
Future walleye meetings for other counties can be found on the DNR’s public meetings calendar.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Lake Mendota bass regulation virtual meeting scheduled

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  invites the public to attend a meeting on the proposed changes to largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing regulations on Lake Mendota in Dane County on Dec. 7, 2020.
The proposal would change the current 18-inch minimum and a daily bag limit of one for largemouth and smallmouth bass to the statewide bass regulation of a 14-inch minimum with a daily bag limit of five, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
The current regulation is no longer needed to provide optimum use and management of the fishery resource and, under s. NR 20.35 (3), Wisconsin Administrative Code, removal of these special regulations is warranted.
The DNR encourages the public to join the meeting on Dec. 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom or by calling 312-626-6799 and using meeting ID 989 1242 5492#.
Lake Mendota's 2019 fishery survey data showed a largemouth and smallmouth bass fishery with quality size structure, moderate density, stable population, elevated growth, regular recruitment and excellent body condition. Additionally, a recent survey of area anglers showed that anglers are unlikely to harvest bass and restrictive regulations are not needed to maintain the fishery's quality.
The Lake Mendota largemouth and smallmouth bass fishery management goal is to provide angling opportunities for largemouth bass between 12-15 inches in length and smallmouth bass between 11-14 inches, and harvest opportunities consistent with statewide standard bass regulations.
To learn more about Wisconsin fishing regulations, visit the DNR fisheries webpage.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Fourth Lake Michigan whitefish virtual meeting slated Nov. 17

MADISON, Wis. – Later this month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a fourth virtual meeting to hear from anyone interested in Lake Michigan whitefish.
This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Members of the public can access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom or by calling 1-301-715-8592 with meeting ID 881 4642 4587
DNR fisheries managers will be developing new regulations for lake whitefish for the commercial industry and would like stakeholder participation from a wide variety of sources. This will be the fourth of several public meetings over the next year to get feedback on the Lake Michigan whitefish fishery.
At this meeting, lake whitefish quota numbers for Green Bay and Lake Michigan will be discussed.
Fisheries staff will share information using a PowerPoint presentation during this meeting. The call-in number will allow attendees to listen to the discussion. However, to better understand the information and see the presentation, the DNR recommends the public attend using a computer via the Zoom link.
Information, meeting notes and presentations from previous meetings on Lake Michigan Whitefish Management can be found on the DNR’s fisheries webpage.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


DNR seeks input on walleye regulations for Minocqua Chain

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a proposal to extend the walleye catch-and-release regulations on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes in Oneida County.
Each spring, the DNR conducts critical population estimates to determine if population goals have met their target as defined by a collaborative management plan developed by the DNR and a local stakeholder group. Last April, the DNR extended the walleye catch-and-release only season on the Minocqua Chain to re-establish its natural walleye populations. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the DNR did not conduct walleye population estimates on Lake Tomahawk, the chain's largest lake.
"The DNR did not conduct crucial walleye population estimates on Lake Tomahawk last spring, which would have provided data on whether the walleye fishery is responding to the management plan," said Mike Vogelsang, DNR North District Fisheries Supervisor. "While local fishing reports have been good, we simply don't have the data to accurately assess if we've hit the two adult walleye per acre mark in Lake Tomahawk."
As a result, the Minocqua Chain stakeholder group is seeking public input on a proposal to implement another year of catch-and-release regulations for anglers and tribal members. The stakeholder group includes representatives from the DNR’s fisheries and law enforcement staff, Walleyes For Tomorrow, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Lac du Flambeau tribal representatives, Minocqua/Kawaguesaga/Lake Tomahawk Lake Association and Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company. The DNR is asking the public to complete the 2020 Minocqua Chain Walleye Fishery Stakeholder Survey by Monday, Nov. 30.
Depending on the survey results and approval from the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, this proposal would extend the walleye catch-and-release season on the Minocqua Chain to May 7, 2022, allowing the DNR to conduct its planned survey to estimate the walleye population in the spring of 2021.
"The stakeholder group has been closely following the progress of the chain's walleye fishery in response to annually stocking extended growth walleye and having a no-harvest regulation in place," Vogelsang said. "The stakeholder group is actively seeking public input to determine the best way forward."
Find more information on the proposed plan and the most recent population survey results on the DNR's Minocqua Chain of Lakes fisheries webpage.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Lake Superior management update scheduled for Nov. 18

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. to discuss the management of Lake Superior’s unique resources.
The Nov. 18 virtual meeting will address:
* The proposed new lake trout quota.
* The proposed new cisco quota.
* Potential rule change options associated with the quota changes.
“While these will be the primary topics discussed, there will be an opportunity for participants to give input on any fisheries management topic,” said Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.
Lake trout are the primary target for recreational anglers in Lake Superior and cisco are the native prey of lake trout. Therefore, it is necessary to use the best science available to effectively manage these two fisheries and maintain the progress that has been made to protect these species from over harvest.
“Quotas for lake trout and cisco are used to maintain sustainable populations and are typically evaluated every three years,” Ray said. “Recent data suggests that current harvest limits may be too high, and we should update the quotas to maintain sustainable fisheries. This meeting will also allow us to update the public on the surveys used to monitor lake trout and cisco populations and the rationale for the updated quotas.”
Members of the public can access the meeting via Skype or by calling 866-715-6499 and entering pass code 7599820721#.
Due to the significant, community-wide impacts of the Lake Superior fishery, the DNR actively engages with diverse stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate management goals and activities as outlined in the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan. This plan was approved on May 27, and requires that two meetings are held annually to communicate survey results to the public.
More information on Lake Superior fisheries management can be found on the DNR’s fisheries website.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Lake Superior management update scheduled Nov. 18

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. to discuss the management of Lake Superior’s unique resources.
The Nov. 18 virtual meeting will address:
* The proposed new lake trout quota.
* The proposed new cisco quota.
* The potential rule change options associated with the quota changes.
“While these will be the primary topics discussed, there will be an opportunity for participants to give input on any fisheries management topic,” said Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.
Lake trout are the primary target for recreational anglers in Lake Superior and cisco are the native prey of lake trout. Therefore, it is necessary to use the best science available to effectively manage these two fisheries and maintain the progress that has been made to protect these species from over harvest.
“Quotas for lake trout and cisco are used to maintain sustainable populations and are typically evaluated every three years,” Ray said. “Recent data suggests that current harvest limits may be too high, and we should update the quotas to maintain sustainable fisheries. This meeting will also allow us to update the public on the surveys used to monitor lake trout and cisco populations and the rationale for the updated quotas.”
Members of the public can access the meeting via Skype or by calling 866-715-6499 and entering passcode 7599820721#.
Due to the significant, community-wide impacts of the Lake Superior fishery, the DNR actively engages with diverse stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate management goals and activities as outlined in the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan. This plan was approved on May 27, 2020 and requires that two meetings are held annually to communicate survey results to the public.
More information on Lake Superior fisheries management can be found on the DNR’s fisheries website.
For more information, contact Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior fisheries team supervisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-779-4036.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Another Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan virtual meeting set

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  will host another regional public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan.
This virtual meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. for Crawford, Richland, Grant, Sauk, Iowa and Lafayette counties. Individuals from those counties with an interest in walleye management should contact Max Wolter. Pre-registration is required.
The current plan serves as a guide for one of the most sought-after fish species in Wisconsin and outlines seven goals and strategies for walleye management. The updating process will include a review of the existing plan, an analysis of available data and trends, and public input on angling and management preferences.
The DNR is seeking public input on stocking priorities, regulation acceptance and agency resource allocation among other things. Public input on the planning process will be gathered through:
* Comments from the public on walleye management preferences and issues via this public input form.
* Detailed random mail/online surveys of fishing license holders (both resident and non-resident) to scientifically gauge angler attitudes about management options.
* Regional virtual meetings with stakeholder groups and individuals to discuss local management issues and partnership opportunities.
Future walleye meetings for other counties can be found on the DNR’s public meetings calendar.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR