• FISHING UPDATES

The 2020 Sport Fishing Reports will return on air for the year Friday, May 22nd through Labor Day...tune in to WCUB 980 at 6:20 am, 7:20 am, 8:30 am and 9:30 am Fridays & Saturdays...and on holiday weekends we will air them also on Sundays!

DNR Fish Report 10/22/20:

MANITOWOC COUNTY

  • A group of anglers was interviewed while fishing the Manitowoc River off 19th St.  They were casting spoons and did hook a couple chinook salmon, although they didn’t successfully land any.  The group reported having success for salmon there earlier in the week also.

DOOR COUNTY

  • Windy conditions made it difficult for people to fish around Door County.  Anglers interviewed in Egg Harbor were targeting smallmouth bass and rock bass from shore using worms under a bobber and managed to catch a few rock bass.  A group interviewed at the Sturgeon Bay city boat launch was targeting walleye and got a few hits but didn’t manage to land any fish.

  • Chaudoir’s Dock:  Chaudoir’s Dock followed a similar pattern with Bay Shore’s activity. There were two interviews this week. Monday I spoke with a two person fishing boat aiming for walleye. They caught and kept 2 using shiver minnows. The lengths were 20” and 22”. They also caught white perch, sheepshead, and round goby. On Wednesday, another two person boat was out fishing for walleye, but had no catch to report.

KEWAUNEE COUNTY

  • Most anglers were fishing on the Kewaunee River due to the salmon run.  Chinook salmon numbers in the river were reported as lower than previous weeks, but coho salmon are making up for some of that difference as their run continues.  Anglers reported catching coho salmon using firetiger-colored spoons and chinook salmon on bucktail jigs.  Anglers fishing from shore around the Kewaunee harbor reported catching coho salmon on blue and silver Little Cleos and chinook salmon on yarn balls.  Anglers fishing from the Kewaunee pier reported catching several catfish using worms.

STURGEON BAY AREA

  • Little Sturgeon Bay:  Little Sturgeon Bay was active on Friday with trailers in the parking lot, but most of the boats to come in during my shift were coming out of the neighboring marina for the season. Three interviews occurred. Two boats fishing for smallmouth bass and one boat split 50/50 between yellow perch and northern pike. There were no yellow perch to report, 21 smallmouth bass caught and zero kept, and 1 northern pike caught and released. The smallmouth bass were reported at 3-6 pounds, 19”-22” in length, and caught with minnows and artificials.

  • Sawyer Harbor:  Sawyer Harbor also had few boats to attempt to interview this week. I had one interview on Friday. The boat had two out-of-state residents fishing for walleye. Their report had zero walleye, but caught 4 northern pike keeping 1 at 28” in length.

FOX RIVER AND GREEN BAY CREEL REPORT: OCTOBER 19, 2020

FOX RIVER AND METRO BOAT LAUNCH

  • Good angler activity on the Fox River. Out of seven interviews of walleye anglers 15 fish were caught with only one kept. Several of the walleye caught were reported to be anywhere from 14 inches to 14.5 inches. Crank baits and trolling were not successful for walleye, however, jigging in the channel has been successful. Out of six interviews of muskellunge anglers only three were caught, one being a length of 42.5”, along with one northern pike catch. Only seven perch were caught out of three anglers targeting perch.

OCONTO COUNTY

  • Angler activity was rather low this week with not many pleasant weather days being a factor.  Those that were out were trying for perch from shore.  Overall perch fishing was slow during the week with some better catches over the weekend.  Most anglers were averaging around 5 keepers with size being on the smaller size at locations including Oconto Park II and the ditches along County Y.  However one group had 30 keepers Saturday afternoon at Oconto Park II with some perch up to 11 inches.  Only a few boat trailers seen at the launches with most being duck hunters.

  • Geano Beach:  Low activity at the ramp over the week with only 6 trailers present. Out of those trailers, several were duck hunters.

BROWN COUNTY

  • Bayshore: Bay Shore Park had zero to a few trailers each day I was there. There was traffic of people visiting to watch the waves or take their photos, but I only had three interviews at this location this week. On Wednesday a perch boat with one person caught 2 yellow perch and released them. On Sunday there was a pleasure boater and one boat fishing for yellow perch. The fishing boat had two people and they pulled their 30 perch limit. The perch averaged 8” in length and were caught with minnows.

  • Suamico: Extremely windy week, with an average max wind speed of 20 mph, led to low fishing activity. Again, lots of duck hunters launched from the ramp over the week.

  • Longtail:  Several duck hunters launched from the ramps. Even with over an inch of rain, that did not deter some to take on the elements of cool air, high winds, and some heavy rain.

  • Duck Creek:  Some recreational use of the ramps was present on the better weather days of the week, especially in the form of some late season magnet fishing. With the average high temperature being only in the mid-fifty’s and lows being the 30’s, not many people were out on the water.
     

MARINETTE COUNTY

  • Angler activity was rather low this week with not many pleasant weather days being a factor.  Those that were out were trying for perch from shore.  Overall perch fishing was slow during the week with some better catches over the weekend.  Most anglers were averaging around 5 keepers with size being on the smaller size at locations including Oconto Park II and the ditches along County Y.  However one group had 30 keepers Saturday afternoon at Oconto Park II with some perch up to 11 inches.  Only a few boat trailers seen at the launches with most being duck hunters.

Sturgeon Spearing License Deadline Oct. 31

 

 

Last year, the Ziemer family tradition continued when Wyatt (center) harvested this 107.9 lbs, 73.8 inch long lake sturgeon. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind interested spearers that they have until Oct. 31, 2020 to purchase a license for the 2021 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season.

The spearing season for this prehistoric fish will open on Feb. 13, 2021 for Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes of Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan, running for a maximum of 16 days or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are reached.

“Every February, people migrate to the Winnebago System to take part in the annual lake sturgeon spear fishery,” said Ryan Koenigs, DNR Winnebago sturgeon biologist. “This winter event is rich in tradition, and 2021 will be another year for spearers to uphold or create new traditions in pursuit of the fish of a lifetime.”

Both resident and nonresident licenses can be purchased through the GoWild system or at any license sales location. Please visit the fishing license webpage for more information.

All license holders must be a minimum of 12 years old. Licenses for the Lake Winnebago spear fishery must be purchased before Oct. 31, 2020, except for military personnel home on leave during the spearing season and youth turning 12 years old between Nov. 1, 2020 and the last day of the 2021 spearing season.

While there are unlimited licenses available for Lake Winnebago, the Upriver Lakes fishery is managed by a preference point system and limited to 500 permitted spearers. Applicants authorized for an Upriver Lakes tag have until the start of the spearing season to purchase a license and cannot purchase one for Lake Winnebago.

The sale of sturgeon spearing licenses funds a variety of sturgeon management activities on the Winnebago system, such as successfully restoring lake sturgeon to the upper Wolf River in partnership with the the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Learn more about that effort here.

The DNR’s involvement in lake sturgeon rehabilitation programs and partnerships with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have positively impacted lake sturgeon recovery efforts across North America.

“This funding is the lifeblood of our management program. It allows the DNR to assess the population, implement habitat projects, conduct research projects and implement the best management for this world-renowned resource,” Koenigs said.

More information on harvest trends and management for the Lake Winnebago sturgeon fishery can be found on the DNR’s fisheries webpage.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 14, 2020
Contact: Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes district supervisor
Bradley.Eggold@wisconsin.gov or 414-303-0138

DNR On Track To Fill Great Lakes Fish Stocking Quotas

 

Great Lakes fish stocking quotas are on track to be fulfilled. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to help boost fish populations through stocking and is fulfilling all remaining 2020 stocking quotas for Lake Michigan.

“Over the last year and a half, DNR staff have worked closely with stakeholders and partners to develop the 2020-2022 Lake Michigan stocking plan to enhance fisheries management in Lake Michigan," said Todd Kalish, DNR fisheries deputy bureau director. “The plan includes initiatives to enhance partnerships with stakeholders, develop a new brook trout stocking initiative, conduct additional surveys and enhance our collective marketing and outreach strategies.”

Coho salmon, brook and brown trout and steelhead will be stocked in later weeks, successfully filling all Great Lakes stocking quotas.

The DNR is also on track to collect eggs this fall to continue to meet stocking goals for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior 2020-2022 stocking quotas, which includes the annual stocking of approximately:

 LAKE MICHIGAN

  • 50,000 brook trout

  • 450,000 brown trout

  • 2 million chinook salmon

  • 500,000 coho salmon

  • 460,000 steelhead

 LAKE SUPERIOR

  • 175,000 brown trout

  • 80,000 lake trout

  • 60,000 splake

Earlier this spring, the DNR made a variety of short-term management decisions to protect the health and safety of the public and DNR staff. This included altering certain initiatives in the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior stocking plans such as temporarily discontinuing net pens, DNR/angler ride-along projects and conducting fewer surveys.

Despite these temporary alterations, fisheries staff were able to successfully meet the 2020 stocking goals and continue enhancing our partnerships with stakeholders to maintain the high-quality Great Lakes fisheries.

“Our vision for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior is to enhance world-class fishing opportunities through these stocking efforts," Kalish said. "We will continue to work closely with stakeholders and partners to improve stocking success and boost the sustainability of these fisheries."

Complete fish stocking summaries and information on fishing Lake Michigan and Lake Superior can be found on the DNR fisheries webpage.

The following information is the salmon and trout processing information for our facility on the Kewaunee River. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY at 4:00 pm from March through April and October through early November. Depending on water conditions and the number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Wednesdays.

In addition, you can read the latest fishing report on our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report page.

Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facility

BAFF seeforellen gamete collection – Seeforellen brown trout are the only wild strain of brown trout that are stocked into Wisconsin's Great Lakes. Beginning in late October, WDNR crews use electroshocking boats on several rivers on Lake Michigan to collect seeforellen adults that are identified by a unique fin clip. Adult seeforellen are transferred to Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility where they are held in ponds. Once a week from, mid-November to mid-December, staff collect eggs and milt from ripe adults. Fertilized eggs are transferred to the Wild Rose Hatchery. Fish that are not yet ready to spawn are returned to the ponds to be spawned at a later date until the goal of 1 million eggs is collected. Each year, approximately 400,000 seeforellen are stocked into Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan (300,000) and Lake Superior (100,000).

History of the seeforellen strain in Wisconsin: The first seeforellen brown trout were stocked in Wisconsin in 1991. WDNR obtained eggs from New York in late 1989-early 1990. The goal was to promote an extended trophy fishery, as seeforellen tend to live a year or two longer and spawn a month or two later in the fall compared to domestic strains of brown trout. The current Wisconsin state record brown trout for outlying waters is a 41 lb. 8 ounce seeforellen that was caught in southern Lake Michigan near Racine in 2010 by Roger Hellen.

Muskellunge - Since 2010, Wisconsin DNR has worked cooperatively with Kewaunee County to raise Great Lakes Spotted Musky at Dana Farm. Each May, nets are set in the Fox River to capture spawning Musky. The captured Musky are measured, weighed, checked for a fin clip and a PIT Tag, spawned and released back into the Fox River. Fertilized eggs are disinfected, water hardened and transported to Dana Farm. In a small building next to the hill pond, eggs are placed in hatching jars and allowed to hatch. Following hatching, Musky are held in the building until they have consumed their yolk sac and then are stocked into the outdoor ponds. While in these ponds, Musky are fed bait fish by the truckload causing rapid growth. By the end of September, they average nearly 12 inches in length. At this time, the Musky are seined from the ponds, fin-clipped to denote they were stocked as fingerling, loaded into trucks and hauled to stocking locations around the Bay.

The hill pond has been in use since 2010, while a newly renovated road pond produced its first Musky in 2015. The renovation of the road pond was achieved through the generous donations of many Musky clubs and the cooperation of DNR and Kewaunee County. These ponds will continue to raise Musky for stocking into Green Bay until either a peer-reviewed disinfection protocol is developed allowing fish to be safely moved from the Fox River to Wild Rose Hatchery or the inland brood lakes produce disease-free eggs in sufficient numbers needed to support the program.

 

Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facility Report for October 13, 2020:

Four salmon processing days occurred so far this fall at the Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facility in Kewaunee on October 2, 6, 9, and 13.  Numbers of Chinook salmon processed for data and removed from ponds each day respectively were 200, 100, 217, and 126 (total 643).  Numbers of Coho handled each day were 64, 54, 116, and 231 (total 465).  Coho salmon so far have been sorted and kept in holding ponds for spawning at a future date.  Tentatively, the next processing days at BAFF will be Tuesday October 20 and Monday October 26 (depending on how many fish swim upstream to the facility).  Chinook spawning is now complete with egg collection goals met collectively at BAFF and the Root River.  The first Coho spawning date at BAFF is set for Wednesday October 28.  Considering the pandemic, the BAFF facility including road access will be closed to the public during spawning operations.

DATE: Oct 2, 6, 9, 13 of 2020

RIVER TEMP:

 

Rainbow Trout

Chinook Salmon

Coho Salmon

Brown Trout

Total Captured

1

643

465*

0

Passed Upstream

0

0

0

0

Taken to Hatchery

0

0

0

0

Spawned at Facility

0

181 females

0

0

Egg Take

0

Over 1 million

0

0

(*Note: These Coho numbers should be viewed as preliminary, because fish can jump between holding ponds and thus some Coho could have been tallied more than once. Final numbers won’t be available until Coho are processed for data and removed from the ponds.)

Walleye Management Plan Virtual Meeting Oct. 27

For St. Croix, Pierce, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire and Clark Counties

 

 

Walleye Management Plan meeting set for Oct. 27. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a regional public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan.

This virtual meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. for St. Croix, Pierce, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire and Clark counties. Individuals from those counties with an interest in walleye management who would like to participate should contact Max Wolter or call 715-634-7429. Pre-registration is required.

The current walleye management plan serves as a guide for one of the most sought-after fish species in Wisconsin and outlines seven goals and strategies for walleye management. The updating process will include a review of the existing plan, an analysis of available data and trends and significant public input on angling and management preferences.

The DNR is seeking public input on stocking priorities, regulation acceptance and agency resource allocation among other things. Public input on the planning process will be gathered through:

  • Comments from the public on walleye management preferences and issues via this public input form;

  • Detailed random mail/online surveys of fishing license holders (both resident and non-resident) to scientifically gauge angler attitudes about management options; and

  • Regional virtual meetings with stakeholder groups and individuals to discuss local management issues and partnership opportunities.

Future walleye meetings for other counties can be found on the DNR’s public meetings calendar.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manitowoc County Fish & Game Directors voted on whether or not to host a 2020 banquet. The majority vote was to postpone the banquet until October 2021. The organization remains committed to funding our projects during the next year. The organization has always depended on the banquet to raise proceeds to fund these projects. The organization appreciates your contributions and support over the years. We hope you understand that the safety of our banquet attendees and volunteers are of the utmost consideration. We look forward to your continued support of the Manitowoc County Fish & Game in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association, P O Box 003, Manitowoc, WI 54221. Please follow the Fish & Game on our web page at: www.mantyfg.org or on our Facebook page at: Manitowoc County Fish & Game. Your contributions, support, and friendship make the organization thrive.​

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