MCBA Calls For No More Chinook Salmon Cuts in Lake Michigan

king-oldgrinIn early July, Michigan Charter Boat Association representatives with other sport fishing groups to draft a letter to the MDNR fisheries regarding Chinook Salmon in Lake Michigan. In this letter we will request that no more Chinook Salmon cuts be made at this time until further assessment of Alewives to Salmon predator- prey ratio is reviewed this year.

Fishing groups that are signing on to this letter are as listed, Grand Traverse Sport Fishing Association , Manistee County Sport Fishing Association, Ludington Charter Boat Association, Manistee Area Charter Boats, members from the Grand Haven Charter Boat Association, Michigan Charter Boat Association, Dream Weaver Lure Co. and other tackle retailers from western Michigan. We as a group are asking to have other sport fishing groups join us in this letter to Michigan’s DNR fisheries people .

Checking in with MCBA captains along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, captains are in full support of MCBAs involvement in supporting “no more King Salmon stocking cuts”. We will get the membership more information as it becomes available.

Capt. Eric Andersen – President  MCBA

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Denny Grinold 2016 Person Of The Year

Michigan Outdoor News Awarded Denny Grinold 2016 Person Of The Year

denny2      Politicians respect him, but he is not a politician. Biologists listen when he speaks, but he’s not a biologist.

He’s a charter boat captain and an auto mechanic, but most of all he’s an advocate, activist, supporter, and protector of the Great Lakes.

Capt. Dennis “Denny” Grinold, and he is the 2016 Michigan Outdoor News Person of the Year.

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Judge Stops Lethal Cormorant Control


By Capt. Terry R. Walsh – Past President


A US District judge has stopped the abilities of the states to effectively manage cormorant control through lethal means. As a migratory bird, cormorants are under the jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service ((FWS). Public Resources Depredation Order (PRDO) issued by FWS had been essential in a effort to control what has become a national menace to both commercial and recreational fisheries across the United States.

The complainant in the case was a group called PEER. The FWS was the defendant. At present it is not know whether FWS will appeal the judge’s order. This is another classic example of “tree hugger mentality” interfering with modern-day scientific wildlife management. If this case is not appealed and effectively overturned it will add continued energy and momentum to other groups like PEER, whose sole aim is to stop all hunting and fishing in general. 8


By Capt. Terry R. Walsh

Lake Huron’s new fisheries research vessel was officially christened the R/V TANNER during ceremonies held May 23 at the Alpena Fisheries Research Station in Alpena.   The vessel is named in honor of Dr. Howard A. Tanner, former Fisheries Division Chief and DNR Director.

The R/V TANNER replaces the 69-year-old R/V CHINOOK, the department’s oldest research vessel, which began life as a reconverted commercial fishing boat. The R/V TANNER was designed by Seacraft Design of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and built by Anderson Boat Works here in Saugatuck. The 57-foot long R/V TANNER is a state-of-the-art research vessel.

“This vessel was a long time coming,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “The R/V TANNER will allow the Alpena Fisheries Research Station and its staff to continue to survey fish populations in Lake Huron and the St. Marys River with greatly improved equipment that will expand their abilities to examine and monitor this world-class fishery.”

The R/V TANNER is one of four research vessels used to examine and monitor Great Lakes fish and aquatic communities. The information gathered is essential in supporting the department’s mission “To conserve, protect and manage the billion dollar Great Lakes fishery resource for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.”

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Carol and the late Ron Dubsky

Carol and the late Ron Dubsky

The late Captain Ron Dubsky, former membership secretary, and executive secretary, has left $2,500 to the Michigan Charter Boat Association Scholarship fund.

“Ron truly loved the Michigan Charter Boat Association,” his wife Carol said when contacting MCBA regarding Ron’s gift to the scholarship fund. “The organization meant everything to him. It was such a big part of his life.”

Capt. Dubsky was a recipient of the MCBA Award, the highest honor bestowed on a member for outstanding dedication, leadership and service to the organization.

Read more in the Spring MCBA newsletter

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