2019 Fall Vice President Report

Captain Bill Winowiecki – Vice President
Michigan Charter Boat Association

It’s Labor Day already, where did the summer go? When you are in the charter fishing business it flies by.

I have to say I’m very thankful for lake trout. The hit and miss salmon fishery are really frustrating. This is my worst year for king salmon since I have been charter fishing. I have heard good reports from Manistee south, but up north, it never developed.

Some MCBA board members attended the Tribal Council meeting on August 22nd. It was a strange meeting. The tribes did not put anything on the agenda to discuss. The State pushed to get started on the negotiations for the next Tribal agreement.

It looks like it is about to get started. The parties involved will meet September 19th to lay the groundwork for the next negotiations. The MCBA will play a major role in this next Tribal Decree.

All the funds we have raised will be used to cover our share to support the “Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources”. I want to thank all the captains who have returned their donations and ticket stubs for the raffle. We are a bit low on returns. If you still have your tickets please consider making a donation. We have some wonderful prizes this year.

The Detroit Area Steelheaders, Inc. has given the Michigan Charter Boat Association another large donation toward our Tribal Decree fund. They are partnering with the MCBA during the Tribal negotiations. A big “THANK YOU” goes out to this group. Captain Mark Williams has been a supporter of both groups. Thanks for all of your hard work Mark.

The MCBA is closely monitoring the three Commercial Fishing bills in Lansing. SB4567, SB4568, and SB4569 are advancing through our State Legislature. These bills are designed to regulate and update the Commercial Fishing Regulations. Everything from reporting, net marking, and which fish can be commercially harvested. Our state-licensed commercial fishers want lake trout, walleye, and perch. These fish are designated as sport fish, these fish should be off-limits to commercial harvest in our Great Lakes.

As we wrap up the fishing season the MCBA fall conference is coming up fast. Please consider attending. We have a great agenda this year. The fall conference is going to be important to all charter captains, and mates. We will have updates on the Tribal Decree, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie basin coordinators in a break out session. Coast Guard personnel and Michigan DNR Director Dan Eichinger as a guest speaker at the banquet dinner.

This is the top of the line of speakers you can gather at one place at one time!! Fun for the whole family kids and adults at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.

I will end this with the fact this will be a very busy offseason for the MCBA board. We have to stay on top of all that is happening with our fishery.