►Tagged fish contest on Chequamegon Bay ►Plan now for food plots that attract and hold deer ►Share the highways and byways with motorcycles
►Dan shoots sporting clays at The Highlands Hunt Club and scores a gobbler! ►Jeff and his Grandpa strike out on turkeys.
RESULTS ► POLL s520DELAYED A WEEK Once again the technology gremlins foiled our efforts in mailing the DSOR eNewsletter on time. As a result, our POLL s520 hasn't been in the wild long enough. So, we're letting it run alongside POLL s521 this week. We'll bring you the results - for both POLLS - in next weeks eNewsletter.
INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON - POLL s521: Question 8 at the 2010 Spring Fish & Wildlife Rules Hearings asked if participants supported the use of telescopic sights during the muzzleloader-only deer season. Do you approve of this proposal?
Background: Currently in Wisconsin, sights that magnify the target are not allowed during the muzzleloader season. Magnifying sights are allowed on muzzleloaders during the regular firearms season. Question 8 reads as follows:Allow the use of scopes on muzzleloading firearms during the muzzleloader-only deer hunting season (2010).
This proposal would allow the use of scopes with magnifying power during the 10-day muzzleloader-only deer season that follows the traditional nine-day firearm season. When the muzzleloader season was established in 1991, supporters sought a more traditional type of hunt. To Read more ...
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proprietor of Outdoor Allure. in Washburn, Wisconsin, announces this year's tagged fish contest on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. Order a free fishing guide online from the Visit Ashland website. Mention Outdoors Radio and you'll be entered in the drawing for a rod & reel and gift package from Ashland.
May 22: Imlay City, Michigan Youth Fun Shoot May 26: Minneapolis, Minnesota Sporting Clays Shoot May 31: Deadline for 3rd annual RGS Youth Poster & Essay Contest for young writers ages 12-18 and artists ages 5-11. Essay contest first prize: Tri-Star Youth Model Semi Auto 20 gauge, one-year Junior Membership to RGS, and RGS cap. Poster contest first prize: Pair of Steiner 8 X 22 Safari Series binoculars, one-year Junior Membership to RGS, and RGS cap. June 5: Ann Arbor/Detroit, sporting clays shoot and banquet June 13: Madison, Wis., grouse flurry June 18: Gaylord, MI banquet
Now through Labor Day: Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, WI - Eagle Springs Lake 2nd annual carp attack. $500 reward for catching or shooting one of 6 tagged carp. If you get one, Contact: Tom Day at 262-594-3231. Dispose of untagged carp in the dumpster at the public boat landing.
June 5: First Annual Lake Delton Kids Fishing Jamboree, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Meet at Kaminsky Park on Lake Delton, fishing on Mirror Lake and Wisconsin River. Online Info:Contact: Ben Hobbins, 608-513-3535
June 9: Walleyes Unlimited USA will hold a meeting at the Root River Lanes on W. Rawson Ave. in Franklin. Matt Bichanich will speak on bass, walleye and crappie fishing tools. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Cost to non-members is $5. Online Info:
June 25-27: Deer Fest, Wisconsin's largest all-deer festival, Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh. Meet Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, The Bone Collectors, the Buck & Duck Commanders, Pat Reeve & Nicole Jones. Seminars, exhibits, demos and more. Online Info:
Catch and release fishing yielding larger muskies from Wisconsin waters
MADISON – Big muskies – really big muskies – await Wisconsin anglers this fishing season, based on what anglers reported catching and releasing last year.
“This tells you what is coming,” says Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tim Simonson, referring to a graph he prepared showing that Muskies Inc. members reported catching and releasing 105 muskies 48 inches and longer in Wisconsin in 2009.
“The 48-inch-plus fish have been increasing every year and in 2009 was the highest ever in their 40 years of record-keeping,” says Simonson, co-leader of DNR's musky management team.
This year, those fish are now a year older and about an inch longer, based on average growth rates among older muskies in Wisconsin.
Musky populations, heavily fished in Wisconsin in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s after four world record catches triggered a musky fishing frenzy, are now recovering and the young fish are allowed to grow bigger. Learn more in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article Long Live the Kings.
Mendota musky The last cast of opening day of the 2010 inland season was the best for the Nelson family of Madison. Conrad, 9, caught and released a 44-inch musky off the dock while his dad, Dan, was bringing the trailer to take the boat out after 8 hours of fishing. The crowd gathered in line to take their boats out broke into applause as the boys brought the fish to the dock.
“What we're seeing is a combination of higher size limits and increased voluntary release of legal size fish over the years,” Simonson says. “The growth rate of muskies is slow so it's taken a long time to produce 48-inch and larger fish.”
Wisconsin records suggest that it takes 18 years on average for a musky to reach 50 inches, with the fish growing faster when they're young and slower later in life, Simonson says. Before age 10, they grow about 4 inches a year. After about age nine or 10, they grow about 1 inch per year.
The growing popularity of catch-and-release has given Wisconsin muskies time to grow. Wisconsin anglers reported releasing 96 percent of the 223,101 muskies they caught during the 2006-07 license year, the most recent statewide mail survey of anglers.
This catch-and-release ethic also has helped to make this fabled “fish of 10,000 casts,” more like the fish of 3,000 casts, Simonson says.
“Our goal is to maintain catch rates of one musky every 25 hours,” he says. “That means that two anglers in a boat would spend about 12 hours to boat a fish.”
Musky densities are generally very low, even in the best waters, because muskies are large top predators with low reproduction. Good musky waters average 1 adult fish for 3 surface acres, compared to up to 20 adults per 3 surface acres in good walleye lakes.
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