Musky fishing keeps growing in popularity in Wisconsin and state fisheries officials say fall is a good time to chase the state’s official fish because there are fewer boaters and other anglers to compete with and the fish are active.
Tim Simonson, a fisheries biologist and co-leader of the Department of Natural Resources musky committee says,“We estimate that about 25 percent of anglers fish for muskellunge and that has been steadily increasing over the years.”
The Wisconsin Muskellunge Waters book has been updated in 2012. The book lists waters where musky fisheries are found and updates the status of waters. The 35-page booklet is available on the DNR website. Hard copy versions are available by contacting a local DNR service center.
- Oneida County – John Kubisiak, fisheries biologist-We handled good numbers of muskies during our spring surveys of Emma and Julia Lakes near Rhinelander. Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin began stocking both lakes in 2003, and the 9-year-old fish are around 38 to 40 inches long. Rainbow Flowage has a low-density musky population supported by natural reproduction and immigrants from stocked tributary lakes. We only handled a few muskies this spring, but size was very nice. Water temperatures cooled very quickly this fall. A few ciscoes were seen venturing into the shallows this week, although their spawning season is several weeks away yet.
- Lincoln County – Dave Seibel, fisheries biologist-Muskellunge fishing is good throughout the Wisconsin River system in Lincoln County. These populations are supported entirely though natural reproduction and densities range from low/moderate in the river and small flowage sections, to moderate/high in the larger lakes like Alice and Mohawksin. Size quality is good throughout. Good luck!