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Latest Feb. 26, 2010, the author believes the following to be true and represents their opinion.
Since last posting we received a DATCP email, which states, prior to 2008 the WIDNR's Fishery Div. and the UW-M's Great Lakes Water Institute had an unlicensed cooperative Native Wisconsin Lake Michigan Yellow Perch rearing arrangement. (Note; DATCP, Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer protection). Regarding the possible or attempted sale of 14,000 Yellow Perch, for the GLWI Mr. Fred Binkowski now admits to selling yellow perch. And processing, freezing, and serving yellow perch for events at their facility, but no Wis. strain were used, they say. The stupid and dangerous yellow perch stocking the WIDNR's Fishery Div. undertook in Lake Michigan, prior to 1996, they now admit to. The possible domestication of the Wis. Lake Michigan strain of Yellow Perch everyone denies. We now are taking a new direction because in response to our question; the WIDNR's reply was; On behalf of myself, Pradeep Hirethota, William Horns, Steve Hewett, Dave Giehtbrock, Al Kaas, Mike Staggs and any other DNR Fisheries employee that you sent the below question to the answer is NO. Brad Eggold, WIDNR's Lake Michigan Div. Our question was; Do you personally have any knowledge of Yellow Perch being stocked in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan or its tributaries after 1996? For the GLWI, Fred Binkowski, Senior Scientist, also denies stocking perch. With that said we have eliminated two outlets for the disposal of Lake Michigan Yellow Perch progeny. There has been no denial that Lake Michigan Broodstock were producing millions of eggs, while being held for many years at their shared facility. There has been no denial that there has been no accurate accounting for the millions of eggs and progeny produced from the Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Broodstock held in that facility. Now we are continuing our search for records relating to the disappearance of the millions of Native Wisconsin Lake Michigan Yellow Perch progeny from this WIDNR and GLWI unlicensed cooperative Native Wisconsin Lake Michigan Yellow Perch rearing arrangement. This website will post additional details in March if made available.

 

May 2009 - Thanks to Dr. Thomas E. Lauer, for sending our group a copy of the paper - Response of Yellow Perch Diet to a Changing Forage Base
in Southern Lake Michigan, 1984-2002. Perch seem to be finding food.

Apr. 2008 - just got a copy of the commercial database, it looks to be that the theory of nets on the spawning grounds may have foundation with the data in that table. maybe the perch are like salmon, when you deny them their stream or reef, you can wipe out a fishery, stay tuned. If you want to wipe out a salmon fishery, everyone know's you just have to string a net across thier spawning stream(s). I believe that is what happened to the perch, nets were strung across their spawning reefs until they were almost gone.

Apr. 2007: Added a chart of Green Bay vs Lake Michigan sport caught perch. It shows that as soon as the nets were removed from Lake Michigan the perch caught got larger. Whereas on Green Bay where there are still nets, nothing has changed.

Apr. 2007: Added a copy of the "Issues Related to Stocking Yellow Perch in Southern Lake Michigan: A Workshop Summary". It was prepared by Clifford Kraft dated April 1998. Click Here or check out DNR says. Please note that on page 6 the DNR admits the 1981 stocking but not the 1978 stocking nor the massive comeback of the perch just 8 years after the first stocking. Why? Also, why continue to allow commercial fishing for perch stocked and paid for by sportsmen. If the perch were for the commercials, why didn't they just truck the perch their stores, why put them in the lake first?

Read the latest in 'DNR says?' about 'trying to duck past stockings'. In one paragraph the DNR states that they did stock perch in the past, and with the very next line state that stocking 'might do harm'. What's with that, only in the DNR, and how do they explain 1.2 million perch stocked in Lake Superior just the next year, write and ask.

Oct. 2006: A big "Thank You" to Congressman Sensenbrenner's office for getting us the break down of Sport Fishing Restoration funds by State and use. Check the SFR page for more data.

March 2006: The DNR Lake Michigan Management Reports are out. Bad news for the DNR, the greatest number of YOY (young of year) were found. Why is that bad for the DNR? Don’t you remember the past 16 years, there were no good YOY class except a small 98 year class. The DNR said the poor little fish were probably starving for lack of food, due to evil zebra mussels or some other unknown villain. Perch couldn’t be stocked for their young would starve too. But instead up jumps all these little perch having found mysterious food from where? Dr. Wilberg estimated that in 1990 there were over 24 million perch in zone 3 waters of Lake Michigan. By 1996 the estimate was 846,000, or about only 3 % remaining. Of those fish the DNR estimated only 5% were females, that gives a grand total of 42,300 females left. No wonder YOY were so difficult find in the past. Now more then likely, a lot of these YOY perch are from not only Wisconsin waters but from other waters too, read about the big hatch in Michigan.

May 2006: Thanks to the members that have worked so hard with the USFWS, the WDNR stockings of Yellow Perch in 1978, 1981 and 1984 are now a matter of public record. Those stockings are now on the Great Lakes Fish Stocking Database (GLFSD) is a continuation of a project initiated by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC). Bravo, guys. You have to wonder as to the studies done in the 80's on the perch, I mean I talked to just a couple of researchers that had no idea that the DNR stocked perch, something that they said they should have known about ahead of time.

June 2006: The Audit of the DNR is out, in 1998 it cost $94,226 to monitor the commercial fleet, in 2004 it cost $275,000 and in 2005 it cost $393,554, an increase of 30% in just one year. The cost of enforcement of the commercial fleet is lumped together with the sportsmen’s total. Nice way to hide $250,000 a year, or more.

July 2006: The DNR was asked what the cost of monitoring the commercial fleet was per year, for the past several years. From the reply, it would appear that the DNR doesn't have to keep track of money like that. They keep track of money coming in, but money going out, doesn't have to be too detailed.

July 23, 2006 - listen to Carlton Alt of Wisconsin's Lake Michigan yellow perch conservation groups on Mike Jackson Radio, http://www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com/radio.htm, 6 a.m.