A Door County commercial fishing operator would like to see Wisconsin lawmakers adopt similar legislation on lake trout harvests now being considered by the Michigan legislature. A pair of bills under consideration in Michigan would allow commercial fishers access to 10-percent of the catchable lake trout and 20-percent of walleye based on quotas set by conservation officials. Supporters say rules aimed a promoting naturally reproducing lake trout population have succeeded to the point of threatening other species like perch. Charlie Henriksen, who owns Henriksen Fisheries in Sister Bay, supports legislation giving commercial fishing access to lake trout. He says lake trout and walleye are competing with perch and other species desired by sportsmen.
Henriksen says commercial fishing operations are doing their own catch composition study to see the number of species coming up in their nets beside the whitefish they're allowed to catch.