Atlantic Salmon – BKD

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced a setback in its fish stocking efforts due to a significant health issue affecting Atlantic salmon at the Harrietta State Fish Hatchery in Wexford County. Over 31,000 Atlantic salmon had to be euthanized because of an outbreak of bacterial kidney disease (BKD). In early April, during a routine prestocking inspection at the Harrietta State Fish Hatchery, the Michigan State University Aquatic Animal Health Lab detected signs of

MDNR June Public Meeting Calendar

MDNR fisheries - June meetings, the DNR welcomes public participation, comments The Department of Natural Resources announced opportunities for Michigan residents to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings [...]

Arrests of Individuals in Baby Eel Raid

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) reported that a major seizure of baby eels at the Toronto Airport that federal officials say were being shipped overseas. Elvers, often referred to as glass eels due to their translucent bodies , migrate from the ocean to coastal rivers where they can be harvested. There is a high demand at Asian markets where they are raised to maturity for food, elvers are the most valuable fish by weight in Canada. They are commonly used in dishes like sushi cuisine.


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


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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


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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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