Musky anglers will benefit from a pair of donations from the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin.
The state Natural Resources Board formally accepted $21,000 at their meeting in Wausau last week. That money will be used to buy forage, allowing the fish raised at state hatcheries to remain there longer and grow larger than what the state budget allowed. Officials say stocking the fish at a larger size has shown to improve survival.
Earlier in the year, the group donated nearly $8,000 to cover the cost of new aeration lines at the fish hatchery in Woodruff.
DNR Agency Secretary Cathy Stepp thanked the alliance for its generous donations and its longstanding commitment to the protection and improvement of Wisconsin’s muskellunge fishery.
Larry Slagowski spoke to the Board on behalf of the group and said “We need muskies in the water…it brings a lot of people to the state.” One of the largest fundraisers for the alliance is their catch-and-release musky tournament in Eagle River. Last year the winner boated 7 muskies at 223 inches, showing the work of the alliance is paying off.
That tournament is scheduled for the weekend of August 16th.