As the end of August is now here, most of our captains have had a great summer with the same or more charters this year. I can say from my situation that this season started out like a lamb and is going out like a lion. Several times back in early August I have had as many as six or seven calls in one day for August and September charters. Other captains have reported the same responses for charters this year. Red hot walleye fishing, huge King salmon and good lake trout fishing has the public much more interested in big lake fishing. Letís hope that trend continues for our industry.
Our annual fall conference is coming up in October at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan. Dates are the 19th, 20th and 21st of October. This year we have Professor Rodger Greil from Lake Superior State University speaking at our banquet dinner about the Atlantic salmon program. This is now a growing fishery in Lake Huron. I myself hope this fishery keeps on growing and adds to our charter catches each season; eventually some of these fish will naturally make their way into Lake Michigan as well. Another important issue that will be brought up at the Saturday workshop meetings is the 2020 Consent Decree. For us as charter captains the possible changes for more gill nets and lake trout catches in Northern Lake Michigan by the tribes are a real concern. Inland fishing changes for the tribes is also on the table for negotiations in the new consent decree. MCBA members really need to attend our fall conference this year. The 2020 consent decree and lake trout catch limits on Lake Huron are just two topics among others that you as a captain need to stay informed about.
In closing, I hope to see you this fall at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. We have a great lineup of speakers and guests to answer questions and your concerns. I think you will really enjoy it if you attend.
Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA