Agreement to protect the fishery from Asian Carp

Agreement to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species: Brandon Road Interbasin Project The Michigan Governor announced that Michigan has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois to cosponsor the Brandon Road Interbasin Project. This agreement secures $274 million in federal and $114 million in state [...]

Tribal and Commercial Harvest

Commercial and Tribal Harvest Update Detailed Harvest Data The following .pdf provides specific harvest data, broken down by region and species. The data included covers: State Commercial Harvest Activity: Detailed records of Lake Whitefish harvested in treaty waters. Tribal Commercial Harvest Activity: Comprehensive data on the tribal harvest of various [...]

Bass Tournament Portal

Fishing Tournament Information System a valuable tool for fisheries managers and the public  Michigan's Bass fishing tournaments have long been a cornerstone of angler activity, and the state's Department of Natural Resources has significantly advanced its oversight and data collection with the introduction of the new Fishing Tournament Portal. Over [...]


President's Report

From the Desk of President Bill Winowiecki

Michigan Charter Boat Association (MCBA) Update
The 2024 charter season has officially started, with excellent reports of salmon up the West Coast of Lake Michigan. Lake trout are abundant from Frankfort north, and notably, we are seeing an increase in smaller lake trout.

Welcome Jeff Panich
I am pleased to welcome Jeff Panich as the new Northern Lake Huron Director. Jeff runs Fish Cop Charters out of Harrisville, is a Michigan Conservation Officer, and is a licensed Charter Captain. He replaces Rick Koecke, who has stepped down after many years of dedicated service. Thank you, Rick, for your service and advocacy.

Tribal Decree Appeal
The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources is still processing affidavits and motions regarding the tribal decree appeal at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

 New Committee for Tribal Decree Compliance
The DNR Tribal Coordination unit and state fishing groups have formed the Tribal Co-management Citizens Advisory Committee (TCMFAC). This committee ensures compliance with the new Tribal Decree and will address any issues over the next 24 years. The first meeting was on April 18, 2024. Special thanks to Central Lake Michigan Director Mark Williams for chairing this committee.


Legislative Updates

On Commercial Fishing


  • HB 5108–This bill aims to reform commercial fishing in Michigan’s Great Lakes, potentially increasing the harvest of sport fish. However, it is primarily designed to benefit the commercial fishing industry and is referred to as the ‘bad’ fishing bill.
  • HB 5553:** This bill seeks to modernize commercial fishing laws while protecting sport-caught fish from commercial harvest. Supported by the MUCC, it is known as the ‘good’ fishing bill. The MUCC and MCBA may call on members for support as it progresses through the legislature.


This year’s annual meeting will be held on by zoom, or in person is Traverse City at the
Great Wolf Lodge on October 19th.
MCBA has set aside rooms if you would like to attend in person.

Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City

There is no charge to attend the one day meeting. This will also be on Zoom, when you register you will receive a link to join.

If you would like to stay over at the lodge, MCBA has held rooms at a discounted rate of $200.00 per night.

Reservations can be made by calling: 1-866-478-9653 or online at

Reference Block Code: 2410MCBA
Reservations must be made prior to: Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Welcome New Board Members & Directors


Bill Winowieki
(231) 228-7417
3700 Schomberg
Cedar, MI
Vice President:
Karl Burnside
2073 Bisby Dr.
Mount Morris, MI
John Giszczak
9760 Judd Rd.
Willis, MI
Larry Lienczewski
(989) 684-7943
3396 Anna Drive
Bay City,MI


N. Lk. Michigan
Bruce Shane
PO box 118
Lake Ann, MI
Central Lk. Michigan
Mark Williams
(586) 531-2763″
4679 S.Benedict Rd.
Ludington, MI
S.Lk. Michigan
Holly &
Hunter Engel
(616) 916-2857
3171 Lighthouse Way
Saugatuck, MI
N Lk. Huron
Jeff Panich
(906) 322-8959
2255 N. Mcgregor Rd.
Lincoln, MI
William Dunk
(248) 408-0349
155 Serene Dr.
Imlay City, MI
Erie &St Clair
Henry Walters
(586) 725-3678
7103 St.Clair Ave
Fair Haven, MI
Jim LaBeske
(906) 337-4433
PO Box 38 Hubbell,MI
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on the board?
Please let us know!


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