A Message from Pete Stoltman – President Muskies Inc. Northwoods Chapter 61 Call to Action. Your help is needed!

Dear Friend,

In the fall of 2014 our board of directors embarked on a program of meetings and cooperation with our local DNR fisheries staff. We have been able to make inroads in increasing stocking in area lakes, research, and have even assisted the DNR in some non-musky related issues as a show of good faith. Starting in the spring of 2015 with the support and guidance of the DNR our chapter introduced proposals to increase size limits on a highly selective group of lakes. At the 2015 Spring Hearings a proposal was made to increase size limits on Trout Lake and North and South Twin lakes in Vilas County. At the 2016 hearings Willow Flowage and Katherine lakes in Oneida County were added.  The Vilas propositions received a favorable advisory vote from the public in 2016 as did the Oneida proposals. The DNR also chose to add Little St. Germain to this group of lakes to eliminate a current 45” size limit and move toward a trophy fishery there as well.

This coming Monday at the annual Spring Hearings those lakes will be voted on for an actual rule change. If our proposals pass it is reasonably certain that the final hurdle on our end will be accomplished and we will see a 50” size limit go into effect for the 2018 season. We will also be proposing two new fisheries to start the process all over again.

Here’s where we need your help. We need you to come out to your local hearings site on Monday April 10 at 7:00 pm and vote in favor of the following questions.

Questions 31 and 32 on the state ballot (also includes size increases in a number of other counties)

Questions 41 and 45 on the county ballot listed under Warm Water Committee Advisory Questions

I can’t stress enough how important it is that we receive your vote on these questions. This is probably the most important event since we started our chapter with the express goal of doing whatever we could to help improve the musky fishery and restore our area to a premier trophy destination. Please attend the meeting and take a friend with you. Be aware that if time is a constraint you do not have to stay for the entire meeting. You can come in, register, receive a ballot, vote, and leave if you wish. That process might take you 10 to 15 minutes. I am counting on the fact that you care as much about quality musky fishing as we do.

If you have any questions or I may help in any way please don’t hesitate to contact me. Feel free to share this message with any others that you feel can assist in this process. I hope that by the time we have our meeting next Wednesday night at Fibbers in St. Germain we will have some exciting news to share.

Kind Regards,

Pete Stoltman – President Chapter 61
(715) 614-4142


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