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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Spring Hearings

The annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings just occurred, and the results of the vote on the advisory questions is now available.

You can read about the process in an easy to understand flowchart that is available here, but the important part of a resolution is that it can start a revision in a specified regulation.

Some items of local note.

Item #1 was supported. Item 1 is a proposal to change the traditional season for bass fishing. The season would still prevent catch and keep between early March and early May, but would implement a catch and release season during the traditionally closed period.

Item #2 was also supported. Item 2 would establish alternate size and bag limits for permitted, catch-and-release bass fishing tournaments.

Items #6 and #7 were passed and are also of local note. Item 6 proposes an increase in minimum length for walleye, sauger and hybrids on Koshkonong Lake and the Rock River, and item 7 would close the spring season in the same waters: "Season closure for walleye, sauger and hybrids during standard closed season on Koshkonong Lake and the Rock River."

Item 28 passed and is also of interest: "Establish a statewide 12-inch size limit and a three-fish bag limit per day on largemouth bass."

Item 30, a proposal to increase bag limits for channel catfish on Beaver Dam Lake in Dodge County was also passed. "Increase daily bag from 10 to 25 on channel catfish on Beaver Dam Lake, Dodge County."

 Stay tuned. Changes to size and bag limits for LM Bass, as well as new structures for tournament fishing appear to be on the way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trout Stocking 2018

You might not know it by the weather or the conditions on the lakes, but we are getting closer to opening day.

The WDNR has started the annual process of stocking lakes with trout. Locally the usual lakes are getting fish:

FOWLER LAKE:  RAINBOW TROUT 1,523
LOWER GENESEE:  LAKE BROOK TROUT 1,000   RAINBOW TROUT YEARLING 1,523 LOWER NASHOTAH LAKE:  BROWN TROUT  1,900  RAINBOW TROUT  1,523
OTTAWA LAKE:  RAINBOW TROUT  1,015

Lots of other ponds and creeks in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Dodge Counties are getting fish again this year. You can check out the press release here or go directly to the complete list of stocking here.




Its getting closer.

Talk to you soon.



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Local Fishing Report 3-27-18

Hey gang,

River runs are still in full gear, although the fishing can vary day to day depending on conditions. Early reports on whitebass are starting to trickle in.

Many local lakes are open. There's still some floating ice about, but you can start to target panfish along North facing shorelines, in protected areas with dark bottoms, boat channels, or areas with current.

Keep your presentation subtle, and if the bite is tough, downsize. You'll catch as many crappies with waxworms or spikes on a small red hook (#10 or #12) as minnows some days.

On warm afternoons, look for fish around reeds or laydowns, They'll be spooky, but catchable.

Talk to you soon.
CT

Monday, March 12, 2018

River Runs are....running

Lots of people were out this weekend, and it sounds like things are really happening on the rivers.

Rock River: Fish were being caught from the mouth at Blackhawk up to the dam at Jefferson. Sounds like there were some solid bags of keepers in the batch this weekend. Expect it to stay good as fish move in and head up to spawn.

Controlled drifts with jigs or 3 way rigs are always solid approaches on the Rock for the spring. You really want to concentrate on hard bottom spots, or areas where the main channel turns or changes direction. Deeper isn't always better (fish can be out of the channel) but a transition forms a pocket where fish will stack up.

My favorite stretches are in the S-Turn ditch, just down stream of the Jefferson Dam Launch,by the Star Pole and just downstream of the Fort Bridges, but there's no limit on areas that will hold fish. Just remember the water is still cold, and often a bite doesn't feel like much of anything other than just a little additional weight.

Good Luck.
CT

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lunkers Garage Sale

Always a great event...the Lunker's Garage Sale is just around the corner. I won't be able to attend this year, but don't let that stop you.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Back in action: 2018 Season

Everybody,

Time to get back at it. Fish are starting to be caught in the Dells and a few people checked in asking about the Rock River in Jefferson and Ft Atkinson.

In terms of the Rock River--Lake Link posts have the river open downstream of the dam, but still with some large ice flows. It won't be long now until things start to happen. Stable weather will really get things going

Water levels:

Fort can be tracked here.
Jefferson's graph is here.

Current and flow graphs are here.

Talk to you soon.

Cheers,
CT

PS An old Journal Sentinel piece on Spring Walleye Fishing on The Rock is Here.




Friday, January 19, 2018

Free Fishing Weekend

This weekend (Jan 20-21st) is the annual winter DNR Free Fishing Weekend:

Information here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/freefishingweekend.html

Lunker's Fisheree and Meat Raffle is this weekend as well (a great event): Flyer is available here

There's also events for kids in the local area including this one in Dousman on School Section Lake: https://www.facebook.com/events/211951262682243/?active_tab=about

Enjoy the weekend.

Cheers,
CT

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MCW Meeting Tonight!

Sorry for the short notice but: Musky Club of Wisconsin has a meeting tonight:

A reminder that the next MCW club meeting is tomorrow, January 10 at 7:30 PM, at Thunder Bay Grille.  This is the annual business meeting.  We will discuss the financials, have our club election and go over the events for 2018.  If you have club questions, changes or something for the club to discuss, this is the meeting to attend.

We will need members to sign up for the two upcoming muskie expos.

Also, bring your renewal for club dues.  Form can be found on the club website - http://www.muskiewi.org/membership_application.pdf

MCW is making some greats efforts on stocking in our local lakes.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year


Lunkers Unlimited is holding it's 42nd Annual Fishoree and MEAT Raffles
Saturday January 20th at Curly's Waterfront bar on Pewaukee Lake.
Check in at 7:00 AM. No entrance fee! Cash prizes for all species.
Meat raffles start at 10:00 AM also Enter to win a ice shanty and our exclusive MEAT freezer. 
Check out our web site for more info.