Bruch named Wisconsin fisheries director

Ron Bruch
Ron Bruch (Wisconsin DNR photo)

MADISON – The next man in charge of regulating fishing in Wisconsin will be a familiar face to Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearers.

Ron Bruch has been named the next fisheries director, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced. Bruch, who has been with the DNR for 37 years, was the lead sturgeon biologist in Wisconsin from 1990-2012.

“Ron has a proven track record of outstanding customer service,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said in a news release. “He is an accomplished professional in his field and is able to lead teams with differing perspectives towards a common goal. We are very fortunate that he has accepted this position and we look forward to the next great things he will accomplish.”

Bruch has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and master’s and doctorate degrees from UW-Milwaukee. He has co-authored several research papers and the book “People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish.”

As fisheries director, Bruch will lead a staff of 226 people and a budget of $27 million. DNR officials say they are in the process of developing statewide management plans for panfish, walleye, trout and bass. They are also revising the Lake Michigan fisheries plan.

“Ron has a proven track record of outstanding customer service,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said in a news release. “He is an accomplished professional in his field and is able to lead teams with differing perspectives towards a common goal. We are very fortunate that he has accepted this position and we look forward to the next great things he will accomplish.”

Bruch’s first day on the job will be Monday. He takes over for Mike Staggs, who is retiring.

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