From the Helm . . .
The 2017 year is coming to a close. By in large, most captains in our Association had a better fishing year than in 2016. That holds very true in salmon numbers and size for Lake Michigan. Lake Erie walleye fishing remains outstanding and biologists forecast the same in catch numbers over the next several years. Lake Huron captains are catching some Atlantic salmon along with lake trout. The Saginaw Bay walleye fishery remains strong. Some captains reported their summer trips were down on Saginaw Bay do to wind and wave conditions. Lake Superior salmon and lake trout remain about the same as in 2016.
In 2018, our MCBA board will be focusing on the upcoming 2020 Tribal Consent Decree. The cormorant issue, with the US Fish and Wildlife Service lack of response over the growing numbers of fish eating cormorants, is a major concern. Our membership will have to become proactive in writing letters to our Federal Senators and Congressmen in 2018. The board will be keeping our membership informed via e-blasts and updates in the Cannonball newsletter. Other issues of ongoing debate are the future of Pipeline Five that runs under the Straits of Mackinaw… lake trout catch numbers on Northern Lake Huron, and the bycatch commercial netting issue of walleye in Saginaw Bay is being closely watched by our board. We are still waiting for a decision at state level meetings over changes in the proposed commercial netting statue for commercial netting in Michigan waters.
At our annual fall business meeting in Holland, MI, we installed Captain CJ Anastor from the port of Grand Haven, MI as our new Southern Lake Michigan Director. He can be reached by cell phone at 616-402-3059. Captain Bill Winowiecki is our new Vice President and was our past Northern Lake Michigan Director for a number of years.
Our new Northern Lake Michigan Director is Captain Tony Radjenovich from the port of Leland, MI. Capt. Tony can be reached by cell phone at 231-886-0053.
Our new director for the U.P. is Captain Keith Wils from the port of Gladstone/ Big Bay DeNoc area. Capt. Keith can be reached by cell phone at 906-420-6454. To our new board members, a big welcome aboard from all of us at MCBA.
I wish to extend a big thank you to Captain Rich Haslett, our past Vice President, and to Captains Mike Nelson and Brian Helminen for their devotion as directors to MCBA.
In closing this winter 2017 newsletter, I wish to say to our membership …have a great and Merry Christmas with your family and friends. The officers and board hope the New Year brings our captains good catches and plenty of customers to their charter business.
Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA
From the Helm . . .