Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board emergency rule regarding bag limits and season length

Contact Tom Klieman, 920-366- 0752

The Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association (WLBA) is happy to

express its appreciation to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board for their

approval of the emergency rule regarding bag limits and season length on lake

trout for Lake Michigan. This was a result of 3 public hearings in which anglers

overwhelmingly supported increasing lake trout daily bag limits from 2 to 5 fish.

“Most of our business members, along with charter boat captains, have long held

that lake trout are a near recovered species,’’ said Tom Klieman President of the

WLBA. “These guys are on the lake over 120 days a year and with modern

technology can attest to the large numbers of lake trout,” Klieman added.

Restoration of lake trout began over 30 years ago with control measures put in

place to address the growing number of sea lamprey.

“The rehabilitation of lake trout is a huge success story,” said Jason Woda, WLBA

board member. “It’s time to reap the benefits and provide expanded opportunity

for fisherman with a 5 fish limit and open season year round.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to continued restoration of

the lake trout and to promote a more diverse salmon and other trout species


“By harvesting more Lake trout, the predation on alewives will become more

balanced and allow more fishing opportunities for other species, including salmon

and trout,” said Dan Welsch owner of Dumper Dan’s charter service in

Sheboygan. ”My customers are excited to come from other states to have more

opportunity to put some fish on the grill,” he noted.

Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Assoc. would like to thank Secretary Stepp along

with Deputy Secretary Theide and Todd Kalish for listening to the fisherman at the

numerous public hearings. We are hearing from Sportsmen up and down the

coast, who are excited about a more diverse and sustainable lake Michigan