Well the nets are repaired thanks to Captain Keith organizing a few people and trips down to the WDNR office.
The nets are now out and the fish are there, but as usual Mother nature doesn’t know how to “let go” of winter.
We started with 41 degree water after ice out and our reading today was 36.5 degrees. On the flip side the walleye numbers are there. The WDNR is doing their full fish comprehensive survey so we are fortunate that they are grabbing the ripe females and processing them for eggs. We actually have a half a jar already. Ice cold down there today, tubs frozen…
I stop down to check on the eggs and pumps at 6:30 a.m. in the snow and freezing temps (18 degrees) and happy to see there is always 1 constant in this grueling process…it’s the Walleye Wagon chief Jim Schmitz, always there, always taking care of the eggs despite weather, despite other obligations…you are Da Man Jimmy!!
Here’s our babies, note the temperature guage of the water as well….yikes
Anyway for anyone interested….we have been getting a consistent 100+ walleyes in our nets every day. Yesterday, April 3rd – there were 150 Walleyes, 15 Muskies and about a dozen pike . Needless to say the WDNR backs are sore and fingers are froze. Glad they are running the nets and we get a little brake…2 females were ready to share their “liquid gold” eggs.
Stay tuned and watch for the crazy facebook addicts to post more. Otherwise stop down at the Walleye Wagon anytime after 4 p.m. in the 2nd and 3rd week of April or so as that will be when the wagons full and the hatching begins…
Mark Your Calendars….The 5th annual Walleye’s for Tomorrow Ice Fishery is at Curly’s Waterfront. Meat raffles all day…65″ flat screen 4K t.v, pistol, 2 Jiffy Propane power augers, Otter cabin portable shanty, too much to list…look at the happy faces from last year…
Carp eat fish eggs so let’s protect the game fishes spawning activities and shoot some carp. Enclosed is a flyer and the sign up pamphlet, print them out and send them to p.o. Box 123 Peaukee Wi 53072 with your fee or bring them to the district office at N25 W27534 Oak street prior to the start date. Any questions call Shawn O’Hern at 262-719-3972
The 2017 Ice Fishery was a success dispite the warm weather and ice deteriorating quickly! Thank you to all the donors and volunteers, you made this a great success. See events page for more detailed info.
The cribs all dropped in within days of our Ice fishery. The last crib dropped on February 20th, 2017 11:00 a.m. For more phtotos and some short videos go the FISH CRIBS page.
The Wally wagon has been moved to it’s location for the hatchery operations on Rocky Point. We will start taking water temperatures, shinning the shallow water for males moving in as well as getting the nets and boats ready to go. If this weather keeps up this is going to be a really, really early year and probably a long hatch process…its going to be all hands on deck shortly. Any and all are welcome to join us in this big operation.
What started out as a little gig to help the walleye population is now a list of 260 members and 30 Sponsors and the biggest Ice Fishery on the Lake!!! Go to the event page and see the list of items being raffled….
The Grainger foundation heard some “whining about the volunteers wrecking their own waders” while running the walleye netting operations and while operating the walleye wagon. We also discussed the upcoming fish sticks projects and fish crib projects which will need lots of rock, cable, chain saws, gas, oil and some hard labor in brutal weather conditions. Tim Giese who works at Grainger heard it from Jeff Giese who is buddies with WFT Pewaukee Chapter Tom Perdzock. Word of mouth travels fast….as soon as I caught wind, I started the “whining process”…LOL
Anyway, for the core group that ran the nets, it wasn’t pleasant on opening day of duck hunting having your waders fill up with cold water. Yes part of volunteering is the sacrificing, but this just seemed to be crossing the line. Then if you went and spend $250 on new waders you may have got an earful from your wife like I did…..
O.K. so what if a good company supported getting some quality waders to keep in the walleye wagon? Situation resolved!! Grainger comes through big! The Grainger Foundation presented the check for $5,000 to the Pewaukee Chapter on Thursday, November 19th, 2016. Thank You all of being vocal and sharing our efforts and looking for support.
We once again won’t have to look toward the father organization to support our projects. I’m looking forward to getting the fish sticks and crib projects done this winter. I met with Ben (WDNR) and we have 2 sites chosen for fish sticks and some crib locations determined. Time to get the permits going. I have about 15 trees and Keith Landers and Frannk Yurchich identified potential sources. We will follow up….
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, shoot straight, be safe….see you at the December meeting!
As promised Ben Huessner from the WDNR came through with the 37,000 fall fingerling
walleye’s that were slated for Pewaukee lake in 2016.
Check out this video –
Those of you that have been following the Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow know the group has run the Walleye Wagon the last 3 years adding 3-4 million walleye fry to the lake each year. With all this steady hard work and nagging the WDNR for establishing a year class of new walleyes we are finally really starting to see the fruits of our labor. Ben was recently doing the elctro-shocking and he confirmed many 12-14″ walleyes which are in the shallows putting on their winter weight. These are the 2014 walleyes that either the WDNR stocked or they are our fry from the 2014 walleye wagon efforts….who cares, they are healthy and looking really good.
Gollons bait brought the fish this October and Ben did some sampling of the size. He also took quite a few fin clippings to use for determining strain and future reference when we net these fish for the walleye wagon or the WDNR net them during their fish surveys.
First Ben grabs a bucket of “sample fish”, then he measures the fingerlings. Then he grabs a fin sample and sends him into the drink to their new home.