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Fishery Management Plan

Big Chetac Lake and Birch lake Sawyer and Washburn Counties, Wisconsin March, 2020

This is a long-term strategic plan that will guide our fishery management efforts on Big Chetac and Birch lakes (collectively referred to in this plan as “The Chetac Chain”) for many years to come.

We believe our fishery management plans should be based upon a shared vision that is developed by combining broad-based survey information from statewide anglers and interactive input from local stakeholders. From those sources we determine user preferences in light of ecosystem capability.

We believe the goals of a good plan must reflect the shared vision between users and managers; and measurable objectives must be set so we know whether selected strategies are succeeding or failing. We believe in making good tries and learning from failure. Part of that process involves amending strategic plans (like this document) when failure dictates that we either develop more realistic objectives or change our strategies to achieve reasonable objectives.

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