What a joke.
I fish Lake Michigan more than any other body of water. I've seen what has happened over the last 30 years. I am appalled.
It's over, put a fork in it. All of the talk by anyone associated with the DNR is meaningless until they can come up with a solution to the zebra and quagga mussel invasion. The decline of the perch, smelt and alewife population is a direct correlation to their arrival. Yes, the salmon have devoured a ton of smelt and alewifes, but there is little for young perch, alewifes and smelt to consume.
Water clarity that was once limited to a couple of feet is now crystal clear down to twenty.
The DNR director's job has long been outsourced to political shills. Under Bruce Rauner, with the appointment of Wayne Rosenthal, even though Rauner promised different, is more of the same.
While these dopes sit around and try to limit bag limits and implement meaningless restrictions (6/15 perch season).
The damage is done and nothing is going to change it.
Here is some info from Wisconsin.
"But since the perch crash, fewer people pursue the tasty fish. In 1992, anglers caught 886,496 perch in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, including 346,117 alone in Milwaukee County, according to DNR figures. In 2013, anglers caught 8,830 perch in Lake Michigan, lowest on record."
While I don't advocate poaching, for the first time ever, I am considering it. Due to the fact that there is no realistic chance of getting caught and that the impact of bag and season limits is of zero consequence, it is somewhat appealing.
Rant over. Discuss amongst yourselves.