2015 MCBA Annual Conference Business Meeting

Traverse City, MI — The 2015 Annual Michigan Charter Boat Association Business Conference will be held over the weekend of October 16, 17 and 18, 2015 at The Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City.annual

The Association has made arrangements with the hotel for a special room rate for those who wish to stay overnight for one or two nights. Call them at (231)941-3600, and ask for the MCBA special rate ($89 per night) the address is 3575 U.S. Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684


DOWNLOAD THE MEETING AGENDA (pdf)

The fall conference is a great way to catch up on what’s going on and to enjoy a day or two away from the regular home routine. Bring your spouse or significant other, too. There are lots of things (shopping for the upcoming holidays) to do in the area.

The Annual Conference will begin on Friday evening with a social gathering in the hospitality room (6: PM – till?). This informal gathering will provide an evening long opportunity to mix with MCBA officers and board members; maybe some DNR personnel or Sea Grant staff, and of course, other captains from all over the state. There will be FREE snacks, pizza, pop and adult drinks.

Of course, attendance at this event is strictly optional, but it is a great way to start your weekend at the MCBA conference. And you might get a chance to talk to someone in the DNR who needs to hear your issue. However, you don’t need to attend the Friday evening session to enjoy the conference main event.

The main event will begin early Saturday morning, with coffee and Complete Deluxe Buffet Breakfast (included with your registration) during registration. The program begins at 9:00 AM. Various Speakers and panels will present information about issues of interest to our captains. There are question and answer sessions at the end of each presentation. The program for this fall’s conference agenda is located here.

On Saturday evening we will have a dinner at the hotel, followed by a short program including the Annual MCBA Awards and our honored dinner speaker (to be announced). After the short program, there is a spirited tackle raffle, usually raffling off some of the best current tackle from the best companies.

For those who stay over and we encourage you to do so, Sunday morning brings the official annual business meeting after coffee, juice, and BREAKFAST BUFFET (Free to all members & spouse). The meeting will cover all the current business of the Association and will end following the election of officers. Normally, the meeting is over by 10:30 AM or so, and folks begin to check out to travel home or take in local events.

We offer our annual business meeting as a benefit to our members for the sake of working together. We hope you will attend to learn more from your Association and what we have to offer your charter business. Why not take a little time off from your normal schedule and take in an interesting, informative and relaxing weekend for fun and camaraderie with fellow captains.

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MCBA Remembers Captain Ron Dubsky

Captain Ron Dubsky and wife Carol

Capt. Ron Dubsky, Michigan Charter Boat Association Executive Secretary passed away unexpectedly at his home in Romulus Tuesday morning, August 11, 2015.  A recipient of the MCBA Award in 2009, Capt. Dubsky said, “I love this organization, and I’m humbled by the award.”  Capt. Dubsky has been an MCBA member for well over 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary, and most recently as Executive Secretary in charge of membership.
Capt. Dubsky was an Army veteran, a General Motors employee for 10 years, a 34th district Court Officer from 1970-1991, and a charter boat captain from 1970-2000.  Before coming to MCBA, he was in charge of the drug program for the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.
Capt. Dubsky loved spending time with his grandchildren, Jared and Jordan.  Always an outdoorsman, in later years he became an avid bird watcher and enjoyed keeping his numerous feeders full.
His wife Carole, daughter Janice Cusmano, Sister Linda, and grandsons Jared and Jordan survive Capt. Dubsky.  His wishes after death were cremation and to have his ashes spread on his beloved Lake Erie, where he ran Ice Breaker Charters II for so many years.  A memorial service may be held at a later date.
On-line friends may go to www.cranefuneralhome.net to pay their respects.
Capt. Dubsky will be greatly missed by all of his MCBA family.Respectfully,
Capt. Terry R. Walsh
MCBA President
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Consent Decree

consentThe 2000 Consent Decree is a Federal Court order that represents a negotiated agreement between the United States, the State of Michigan, and Five Native American Indian Tribes signatory to the 1836 Treaty of Washington. This court order was signed in August of 2000 and expires in August of 2020.

The DNR Fisheries Division has begun the internal process of preparing to negotiate the next Consent Degree.

The MCBA is in full support of DNR and would like to have as much input as possible in the 2020 Consent Decree, since it affects about 70% of our membership. Since the MCBA cannot afford to secure a lawyer of its own to support the DNR, the MCBA Board has decided to pool its resources, and join the ‘Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources’, which has been an amicus to the original Judge Fox/Tribal/US/State Great Lakes court case.

The Coalitions’ roots started with the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association in the mid 1970’s. William Hicks, leader of the Association became concerned about expansion of Tribal commercial fishing. Avert phase I of the Judge Fox case reaffirmed in May of 1979 three tribes rights to fish with their own rules in the Great Lakes. Hicks hired attorney Ted Swift from Foster Swift Collins and Smith of Lansing to represent the Association’s interests. Steve Schultz, attorney originally from the same firm, became involved in 1983 and represented the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association and the Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association in 1999. Currently, Schultz is cofounder of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rodes PLC and has been representing the coalition for Tribal Fishing, hunting and gathering issues for over 30 years. There are very few attorneys who have this vast amount of experience with this issue.

The amicus status was granted when phase II of the Fox decision commenced in 1983 when the three Tribes asked the court to allocate the Great Lakes Fishery resources to the Tribe and State. At the time, Steve requested that Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association become an amicus and Federal Judge Richard Ensien granted the petition and welcomed input of sport fishing groups to the case. Their amicus status continues today through the coalition.

When the expiration date of the 1985 Great Lakes Agreement was approaching, it became clear to both Grand Traverse Area Sports Fishing Association and the Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association that they would be more effective and reduce individual costs of litigation if a coalition was established with more organizations. The result was the formation of the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources which was originally known as the Michigan Fisheries Resource Conservation Coalition but was changed to the new name when several additional members were added prior to the Inland State / Tribal / US Hunting Fishing and Gathering negotiations.

Steve Schultz and members of the Coalition were present at the negotiating table during both the 2000 Great Lakes and the 2007 inland negotiations. Both agreements required two years to complete. The coalition representatives communicated regularly with the State (AG office, Fish Chief, Governor’s Office, Directors office, and others) and caucused with them during breaks at the negotiations. The Coalition has representatives at the annual Executive Councils meetings when the State, Tribes, US amici and the public meet. During these meetings issues concerning both agreements are discussed.

The negotiations for all decree agreements have been confidential, and unless an association is part of an amicus group, the outcome and direction of the negotiations will not be known until after the agreement is signed. Each of the amici signed confidentially agreements and the information can be shared and discussed only between members of a small advisory committee that each amicus association has.

The members of the Coalition to protect Michigan Resources are:
– Grand Traverse Bay Area Sport Fishing Association
– Blue Water Sport Fishing Association
– Burt Lake Sport Fishing Association
– Cheboygan Area Sport Fishing Association
– Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association
– Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman Association
– Michigan Trout Unlimited
– Michigan United Conservation Club
– Michigan Charter Boat Association

The MCBA Board Members are working hard to keep up with what is going on with our Michigan Fishery.
We appreciate your support.

Captain Bill Winowiecki

Northwest Michigan Director

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Passing of Emil Dean – long time friend

emilOn March 30 2015 Emil W Dean passed away peacefully in his home in Cadillac. He was born December 19, 1932, and is survived by his wife of 63 years Margaret Edith Dean. Additionally he is survived by 5 children: Rick and Judy Dean, Terry and Pam Dean, Sheila and Tom Brunner, Mary Ellen and Gary Bowling, and James and Tammy Dean. He also has 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Glen and Fay Dean: two brothers, Lee Dean and Bruce Dean, and one sister, Pat Barnett.

He and his wife lived in the Bear Lake area from 1961 to 2000 and spent the next 15 years traveling around the country in their motor home.

He was a fishing guide for 32 years and was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1997. He was instrumental in the development of the charter fishing industry in Manistee County as well as the State of Michigan. He was one of the founders of the Michigan Charter Boat Association. Additionally he received many other awards for contributions to the Lake Michigan fishery including being appointed to the Great Lakes Advisory Committee by Governor William G Milliken. He was a member of the Clam Lake Masonic Lodge located in Cadillac.
A celebration of life will be held in Kaleva at the Big Bear Sportsman Club 8927 Puustinen Rd

Kaleva, MI 49614 , Saturday the Fourth of April from 1 to 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in his name to Hospice of Munson at 1105 6th St, Traverse City, MI 49684 or to Clam Lake Masonic Lodge at 124 1/2 N Mitchell St,
Cadillac MI 49601

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2015 Lake Huron workshops

2015 Lake Huron workshops offer latest research, updates about the Lake Huron fishery

Lake Huron fisheries workshops bring communities together with fisheries scientists and managers to discuss new research findings, fishing trends, and management updates.

Wild produced Lake Trout more often seen in angler catches, a sign of recovery for this native species in Lake Huron. Brandon Schroeder | Michigan Sea Grant

Wild produced Lake Trout more often seen in angler catches, a sign of recovery for this native species in Lake Huron. Brandon Schroeder | Michigan Sea Grant

The Lake Huron fishery has witnessed dramatic ecological changes recently resulting from introductions and impacts of aquatic invasive species. Much has been done by scientists and management agencies working with anglers and coastal communities to understand and respond to these ecosystem changes. In spite of the challenges brought on by invasive species, Lake Huron has proven resilient and (with help) continues to offer a diverse and valuable fishery.

And a great year of fishing it was on Lake Huron. Fishing with Trout Scout and Wipe Out charter captains, youth, as part of the 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, enjoyed fishing northern Lake Huron last August. On any given day they were not only hooking ample amounts of fish but a striking diversity of species as well – Chinook, Atlantic, and Pink salmon caught alongside Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Walleye. To the south, Saginaw Bay anglers reported fantastic fishing and limits of Walleye throughout the season – but wondered about a Yellow Perch fishery that seems to still suffer. Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering if these trends will continue during the coming fishing season.

Several educational opportunities exist this spring to explore the status and health, trends and fishing opportunities offered in Lake Huron directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information.

4-H girl fishing on charter boat with captain

Youth enjoy catching a diversity of fish species with Lake Huron charter captains during the 4-H  Great Lakes and Natural Resource Camp. Nick Baumgart | Michigan State University Extension.

2015 Lake Huron Fisheries Workshops: A chance to learn more, you are invited to participate!

This spring, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with theMichigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and local fishery organizations will be hosting three evening regional workshops across Lake Huron’s coastline. Workshops are free and open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members interested in the status of the fishery.

Workshop dates and locations include:

  • Oscoda: April 23, 2015 (Thursday, 6–9 p.m.) at Camp Inn Lodge, 3111 US-23 South, Oscoda Township, MI 48750
  • Cedarville: April 28, 2015 (Tuesday, 6–9 p.m.) at Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719
  • Bay City: April 30, 2015 (Thursday, 6–9 p.m.) at Knights of Columbus Hall, 360 S. River Rd. (M-13), Bay City, MI 48708

Topics will include information and updates regarding fish populations and angler catch data, forage or prey fish surveys, recovering native Lake Trout populations, status of Saginaw Bay Walleye and Yellow Perch, habitat restoration efforts, updates on fisheries management activities, among many other Lake Huron related topics of local interest.  Of highlight this year will be a focus on Saginaw Bay fish and their habitats, including an overview of possible future management options that could allow anglers to benefit from a healthy and growing Walleye population.  Also a look at a new Saginaw Bay reef habitat project partnership being led by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes andPurdue University, among other partners.

These workshops are a valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved:

  • Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become more scientific anglers – learning about feeding trends of predator fish species may prove valuable in deciding where to fish or what lures to put into play while fishing this year.
  • Fishery businesses – sportfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops – gain insights relating to Lake Huron fisheries resources around which their business depends. This information may prove useful in adapting business strategies, ranging from fishing practices to business marketing.
  • Research and management agencies share informational updates, and in trade value insights and input through this dialogue with anglers and community stakeholders on various fisheries management topics. The effectiveness of fisheries research and management are enhanced through these collaborations.

Workshops are open to the public at no cost to participants; however, pre-registration is requested.You are invited to register online to participate in any (or all) of these educational opportunities.

For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant by email or at 989-354-9885. Workshop details are also available online on the Michigan Sea Grant website.

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MCBA Scheduled Board Meetings for 2015

Scheduled Board Meetings for 2015:

January 25, 2015 – Clare, MI – Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
April 19, 2015 – Clare, MI – Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
October 4, 2015 – Clare, MI – Doherty Hotel – 10:00 am.
October 18, 2015 – Traverse City, MI. -Great Wolf Lodge – 10:30 am.

All board meetings are open to all MCBA members who would like to attend. Please let us know in advance if you plan on attending so we have enough materials on hand to pass out. Contact any board member or call: 800-MCBA-971

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Researchers discover naturally reproducing Atlantic salmon in the upper Great Lakes

web_atlantic_salmon_fryLake Superior State University researchers have determined that Atlantic salmon are naturally reproducing in the St. Mary’s River.

The prized game fish were originally native to Lake Ontario, but experienced a massive population decline by the late 1800’s. Today, Atlantic salmon are stocked in the St. Mary’s River and in other parts of the upper Great Lakes.

Though the Atlantic salmon population remained healthy when maintained by the St. Mary’s fishery, the salmon population did not take root naturally, apparently due to a thiamine deficiency.

While conducting research for his senior undergraduate thesis on sturgeon, Stefan Tucker found what he suspected were Atlantic salmon fry in the St. Mary’s River. His identification was later confirmed by University of Michigan taxonomist Gerald Smith. Tucker and a team of researchers concluded that the Atlantic salmon population is indeed naturally reproducing.

A press release from Lake Superior State University explains the implications of this finding:

The discovery is not only exciting for those at LSSU, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, and others who have been involved with stocking Atlantic salmon in the upper Great Lakes for more than two decades, but also to anyone who follows the changing dynamics of the Great Lakes, especially in relation to lake trout and salmonids.

Though this discovery answers one question, it begs others.

Tucker concluded his thesis by stating that “the extent of natural reproduction and mechanisms influencing reproductive success are unclear and warrant further attention.”

- Ari Sandberg, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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New Website Coming soon

We’re under going a website revision and are set to launch soon. When completed the new website will be smartphone ready.

As a result there is a moratorium on all web updates for 10 days.

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Lake Michigan lake trout regulations

At public meetings in March and April, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Fisheries Division staff will present information and take comments on possible changes to lake trout size and daily catch limits for northern Lake Michigan lake trout management zones MM-3, 4 and 5. Comments received will inform potential lake trout regulation changes in 2015.

Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. at the East Bay Township Hall – MOVED TO NEW DATE BELOW:
1965 N. Three Mile Road, Traverse City

Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at the Frankfort City Hall
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Spring Lake Huron fishery workshops

Spring Lake Huron fishery workshops offer current research and information about the fishery

The status of the Lake Huron fishery for the coming season is the topic of three upcoming fisheries workshops in the region.

The status of the Lake Huron fishery for the coming season is the topic of three upcoming fisheries workshops in the region.

In recent years, the Lake Huron fishery has undergone dramatic ecological changes, resulting from introductions and impacts of aquatic invasive species. Yet, much has been done by research and management agencies to understand and respond to these food web changes, such as identifying which fish thrive in Lake Huron’s altered ecosystem and adjusting stocking strategies and even species of fish stocked. Anglers, businesses, and communities depending on this fishery have adapted, too, targeting different—and even a wider variety of species—along with sometimes new fishing strategies to catch these fish. These collective efforts have aimed at reclaiming social and economic values from a Lake Huron fishery that has been changed environmentally, and are resulting in improving attitudes and value in what Lake Huron fishing has to offer us still today.

Because of this, Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering about last year’s fishing trends, or where are the prospects when fishing Lake Huron this year? When Chinook salmon struggled, why do steelhead and Atlantic salmon seem to fare better in this altered Lake Huron ecosystem? Given food web changes, what is the outlook for forage fish populations (or the ‘food supply’) necessary for these prized predator fish? What’s happening with native fish populations, such as recovering lake trout populations and amazing walleye fishing in Lake Huron?  For answers to these questions and more, several opportunities exist this spring to hear directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information.

 

Workshop dates and locations include:

Port Huron  Apr 9, 2014 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.)  Charles A. Hammond American Legion Hall, 1026 6th Street, Port Huron, MI  48060

Alpena   Apr 22, 2014 (Tuesday, 6–9 p.m.)  NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI  49707

Cedarville   Apr 23, 2014 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.)  Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club, M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719

These workshops serve as a valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved:

  • Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become better-educated anglers – learning about feeding trends of predator fish species may prove valuable in deciding where to fish or what lures to put into play while fishing this year.
  • Fishery businesses— sportfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops— gain insights relating to Lake Huron fisheries resources around which their business depends. This information may prove useful in adapting business strategies, ranging from fishing practices to business marketing, and information that might be passed along in educating customers about the resource.
  • In trade for the informational updates they share, governmental research and management agencies value insights and input from this dialogue with anglers and citizen stakeholders on various fisheries management topics. The effectiveness of fisheries research and management, as well as community values gained from the Lake Huron fishery are enhanced through these Continue reading
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