MCBA Annual Meeting

The MCBA Fall Conference will be held Saturday October 28, 2023, at the Haworth Hotel at Hope College in Holland Michigan (225 College Ave, Holland MI 49423). There will be a hospitality setting at the Haworth Hotel Friday October 27,2023. All MCBA Board Members and MCBA Members are invited. This begins at 5:00 pm with a cash bar provided for those to mix and mingle until dinner is served at 6:30 pm.

MCBA Annual Meeting Agenda, Saturday October 28th, 2023

Haworth Hotel at Hope College – Holland, Michigan

8:00 – 9:00 AM      Meeting registration, coffee & donuts – Courtesy of the MCBA

Meet the new Chief of Fisheries and your DNR Lake Basin Coordinators

9:00 – 9:15 AM        Introductory Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance

Bill Winowiecki, President Michigan Charter Boat Association

Introduction of Program Moderator – Dan O’Keefe, Senior Extension Educator, Sea


9:15 – 10:30 AM      Round Table Discussion – Ask your questions or concerns to DNR Chief Randy

Claramunt and lake basin coordinators Jay Wesley (Lake Michigan), Patrick Hanchin

(Lake Huron/Superior) and Tod Wills (Lake St. Clair Fisheries Manager).


10:45 – 11:30 AM    Steve Schultz, Tribal consent decree update

11:30 – 11:45 AM    Kendra Kozlauskos – DNR catch reporting

11:45 – 1:00 PM       Lunch –  Courtesy of the Michigan Charter Boat Association

Raffle,  MCBA and Pistis Awards                                     

1:00 – 1:30 PM        Doctor Chris Vandergoot, Walleye tagging program Lake Erie & Saginaw Bay

1:30 – 2:00 PM         Carolyn Foley, Research Director, Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant – PFAS and the Great


2:00 – 2:30 PM        Chuck Kakuska – Maritime licensing updates



President’s report, Committee Reports, New Business, Election of Officers

We welcome ALL MCBA members to join us the evening of Friday October 27th starting at 5:00 PM at the Haworth Hotel for dinner (courtesy of the MCBA) and cash bar. We need to know in advance of your planned attendance. Please contact Bill Winowiecki at (231) 228-7417.




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Cannonball Digital News

Please make certain your email address is up to date, the Cannonball was delivered by e-mail last week. Always check your listing throughout the year.

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Federal Judge accepted the Consent Decree the way it was written.

A federal judge accepted a proposed consent decree controlling five sovereign Michigan Tribes, the federal government and the state, overruling evidence that expanded gillnetting would negatively impact the Great Lakes. In handing down his order, Judge Paul Maloney rejected the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resource’s claim that biological harm is likely to happen to the resource and there will not be proper measures in place to mitigate that harm. Gillnetting in Michigan was banned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources during the 1970s after research concluded gillnets are non-selective and have disastrous consequences for fishery populations. The Tribes asserted their treaty right to fish with gillnets, and after several court cases and injunctions, the first Great Lakes Consent Decree was adopted in 1985. Read more from MUCC and CPMR here →Read more

Catch and Cook Claim Your Listing

The Michigan Catch and Cook website has been recently update. The new version allows participants to add a new listing, or modify a listing by clicking on the “Claim Listing” button. Approvals do take 24 hours, however MCBA thinks this will allow captains to keep information up to date. To Claim your listing, Click here →Read more