IF YOU FISH WALLEYE ON GREEN BAY, WANT A WALLEYE PROGRAM IN RIVERS ENTERING GREEN BAY OR LAKE MISHIGAN, ***** GET INVOLVED WITH THE DNR LAKE MICHIGAN 10 YEAR PLAN ***** OR GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.
The DNR is in the final stage of the plan and there has been NO comments from walleye fishermen at their outreach meetings. There was a meeting in Cleveland and no walleye interested people or group attended. Prior meetings had similar attendance.
Commercial fishermen and the trout and salmon lobby have been VERY active and outspoken. Their written comments are the only documented opinion of the scope and intent of the plan.
Without other opinion input these interests will have a huge say in the 10 year plan and walleye will be under represented.
Whitefish harvesters are pushing for increased netting of whitefish in southern Green Bay. Walleye are considered incidental catch and an imposition and the harvesters are pushing for permission to keep and sell walleye.
They claim walleye are in such numbers that they are adversely affecting forage production. Particularly perch and young whitefish. Commercial sale would be an avenue to reduce the forage impact under this opinion.
The only present limitation of trap net placement is a 1/4 mile from shore restriction.
The trap net issue is in a 30 day comment period. Get involved and make it known that walleye management and population expansion should be front and center in the 10 year plan.
Get involved and write a letter to DNR in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Milwaukee emphasizing a stated walleye management plan and platform in the 10 year plan.