Wisconsin DNR Updating Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan

The current plan hasn't been updated since 1988

ASHLAND, Wisc. -The Wisconsin DNR is working to update its management of fisheries on Lake Superior.

The current plan hasn’t been updated since 1988, so the Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to stakeholders who actively fish Wisconsin’s Lake Superior waters. Earlier this week, the DNR was in Ashland to do just that.

Bradley Ray, a senior fisheries biologist with the Wisconsin DNR, says there are many outdated objectives in the current plan, including harvest restrictions of certain fish habitats throughout the watershed.

“It’s crucial that stakeholders get involved, let us know their feelings, their priorities, so we can address those and make sure we’re managing the resource for the people of Wisconsin and other users,” says Ray.

The DNR says the management plan is complicated because it involves many different groups who rely on the fisheries.

Luke Kavajecz, a fishing guide from Ashland, says he’s curious how this updated plan will impact commercial and sport fishermen.

“The guys who are really interested in lake trout fishing have had a lot of ups and downs so they are probably the most interested in what the changes will be,” says Kavajecz. “ Our brown trout fishery has been really successful and i hope that continues as well.”

A completed plan is expected in the next two years.