2018 Winter VP Report

Tribal Decree Donation

I would like to thank Captain Mark Williams and the Detroit Area Steelheaders, Inc. for a very generous donation of $2500.00 to the MCBA Tribal Decree Fund.

As a member of the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources, we speak as one voice through our attorney’s Steve Schultz and Chris Patterson. None of us knows the outcome of the next tribal negotiations. All we can do is put up the best defense we can to protect our fishery.

Thank you again Detroit Steelheaders!!!

Captain Bill Winowiecki
Vice President
Michigan Charter Boat Association


The 2018 MCBA Tribal Decree Raffle was another success. We raised $3,467.00. We want to thank captains and friends of the MCBA who bought tickets and donated to our fund.

Congratulations to Captain Eddie L McMillon, who fishes Lake Erie, on winning the GOPRO Hero 6 camera with the winning ticket #1224. The other lucky winner was Dreamweaver Lure Company, winning the two Cannon Easi-Troll hand crank downriggers with ticket #153.

Thank you to Valley’s Canvas in Alpena for donating the two down riggers.

We at the MCBA are looking for donations of prizes for the 2019 Tribal Decree raffle. Please contact Bill Winowiecki at:
charterfishing@wattabite.com or call me at 231.409.0963, if anybody has any ideas or donations.

As our members can see our fund is slowly growing. There is a lot of work behind the scenes by our board and members. We will all be more than happy when we come to an agreement in a couple of years.

Thank you for your support.

Finally: 2018 is wrapping up and we are looking forward to the 2019 Charter season.

The MCBA board is working on many issues including Tribal Decree, 24 hour fishing licenses, fish plants and many meetings concerning all of our charter businesses.

At times I feel we are getting stretched pretty thin. The MCBA board is always looking for new people to get involved. The fast pace of our society leaves very little time for volunteering. We have this fabulous fishery all the way around our state. We need to stay steadfast at protecting it for generations to come. That’s what we try to do as a Board Member, Port Captain or just being a member of the Michigan Charter Boat Association. Please consider getting involved.

The Ludington Sea Grant meeting is Saturday, January 19, at West Shore Community College (3000 N Stiles Rd, Scottville MI 49454. Dan O’Keefe promises an interesting agenda.

The next MCBA board meeting is Sunday, January 27th at the Doherty Hotel in Clare at 10:00 a.m. We have a very full agenda. We have Cecilia Gilson and Ken Silfven from the MDNR License Sales and Customer Service unit attending at 11:00 a.m. They are coming to discuss the 24-hour fishing license issue. The DNR licensing website has been a disaster for the charter industry and we are hoping to make improvements.

Our editor put a November 15th deadline on our quarterly newsletter. So I will make this short, as I am going hunting!!

I want to take this time to wish all our members a Happy Holiday Season