Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the recently adopted Lake Superior commercial fishing rules. The hearing is set for the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, outside Ashland.

The so-called emergency rule went into effect Dec. 30 in advance of DNR staff bringing a permanent tule to the state Natural Resources Board in the next few months.

The rule implements portions of the 2018-28 Lake Superior Fishing Agreement between the state of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff and Bad River bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa tribes. The rule, which has been criticized by some Lake Superior anglers, governs:

  • Total allowable commercial harvest for lake trout;
  • Requirements for using and marking nets and other gear;
  • Modification of certain areas in which commercial fishing is allowed; and
  • Minor revisions to harvest reporting requirements and the timeframe for returning unused trout tags.

The public can also submit comments through Wednesday to meredith.penthorn@wisconsin.gov or to the Department of Natural Resources, attn: Meredith Penthorn, P.O. Box 7921, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Learn more about Lake Superior fisheries at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakesuperior.