President John Durben opened our full moon meeting at just after 9 a.m. at Gander Mountain in Franklin, WI. The attendance of member clubs was poor. Clubs must send their representatives if they want to discuss things with the DNR through the Council. WCSFO remains the anglers’ voice to the DNR.
Secretary & media director Larry Van Veghel read the minutes, and they were unanimously passed.
Treasurer Cornell Stroik said we have $5073.62 in our treasury and the C.A.S.T. account has $3061.18. His report was unanimously approved as read.
Mike Staggs, DNR Fisheries Bureau of Fisheries Management boss, gave a fine talk on what the DNR is doing.
Staggs gave a brief rundown on the Spring Hearings fishing questions, and he said there were not many major questions. The 40” minimum musky limit and the reduction in walleye bag limits with an 18” minimum keeper size in southeast Wisconsin were among them. (Note, male muskies and northern pike often die at about 34 inches per fisheries biologists Staggs, Randy Schumacher and Doug Welch, per my discussions with them. Welch is the senior fisheries biologist in southeast Wisconsin.)
Per Mike, Wisconsin is #2 to Florida when it comes to the number of out-of-state fishing license sales.
Mike Arrowood, chairperson of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, gave us plenty of information on what WWF is doing. He said the Green School Network gets school kids into the outdoors to do math and other courses. These students do much better than if they just stayed in the class rooms. Basically, the program works. The students count tree types, etc. This program gets students into the outdoors where they develop an appreciation for nature.
WCSFO treasurer Cornell Stroik is also our bass and C.A.S.T. representative. He also represents the Bass Federation. He said Joel Clayfish is pushing toward having the legislature look into the tournament situation.
October 15, 2011 is our fall meeting at the Walleyes For Tomorrow headquarters in Fond du Lac. All Wisconsin and visiting anglers are invited, and member clubs should send their representatives. We want to hear from you.