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Contact: Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor or 414-303-0138

DNR To Host Meeting On Lake Michigan Lake Whitefish Trawl Rule

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at Lakeshore Technical College to discuss current and future rules governing the trawling for lake whitefish in Lake Michigan.

Attendees can join virtually or in person to learn about the DNR’s onboard camera monitoring efforts over the past four years. The public will also be able to discuss and comment on the current rules and proposed changes being considered for the start of the 2026 fishing season.

The current rule allows commercial fishers to harvest lake whitefish by trawl in designated areas in Lake Michigan, provided they have an onboard camera system, use a specific trawl and fish during certain times of the year. Other provisions will be discussed at the meeting.

The DNR's Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum webpage has an agenda and more information for this meeting, as well as agendas and topics from previous meetings. All members of the public and forum are invited to attend.

The forum focuses on raising awareness of Lake Michigan fisheries issues and provides an opportunity for discussion, feedback and comment on topics of interest.


What: Meeting To Discuss Lake Michigan Lake Whitefish Trawl Rule
When: Tuesday, May 29 at 6 p.m.
Where: Lakeshore Technical College
Lake Michigan Room
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015
Please use Parking Lot 1 and follow the footbridge to Entrance L3 or L4.

You can also join virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Meeting ID: 294 930 549 229
Passcode: 8FPu48