Ice Fishery a Success!, Cribs a success!!….Wally Wagon time…

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Grainger Foundation Comes Up Big for the Pewaukee Chapter – $5,000 Grant

grainger-foundation-grant-11102016The 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!

Walleye “Fall Fingerling” Stocking – 2016

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 –

ben-and-gllons-stockingThose 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.

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High Lake Temps Stress Fish

Pewaukee Fishermen and true conservationists – The Lake Temperatures are very hard on fish…here’s the scientific data and some words for thought…

When lake temperatures reach 80 degrees it puts great stree on to the fish. The big lake (West Basoin) is 80 degrees down to the thermocline. At the thermocline the fish seek the cooler “quick change” of temperature. However the D.O. (Disolved Oxygen” level is so low it isn’t all usable oxygen and the fish are stressed even though they try to beat the heat.

As the D.O. level gets below 3 mg/l they begin to die. When shallow lakes like the east basin reach this 80 degrees they also stress fish as there is no cooler water refuge. Although we are fortunate enough to have a cold water creek and some natural springs, they are barely flowing so the fish do not have a “safe zone”.  in shallow basins the fishes respiration exceeds the photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is where aquatic plants change carbon dioxide into oxygen through the green leaves and the sunlight. However this doesn’t happen at night and as the oxygen gets used up by the aquatic species, the oxygen released by the plants isn’t enough for the fish. Fortunately we do have a lot of aquatic plants to help produce oxygen. If we can hang on long enough to avoid an algea bloom we be o.k. as long as some cool weather comes along. If an algea bloom hit, the shallow lake would turn colors and not let the sunlight hit the bottom. This in turn cuts off the oxygen production and leads to the big fish kills as seen on Muskego and Koshkongon in 2012 per Ben Huessner our areas fish biologist from the WDNR.

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So what can we do? Well if we let the fish be we are doing our part.

To the fishermen that I haven’t seen trolling or casting for Muskies on Pewaukee, how cool is this….that Pewaukee’s finest fishermen respect our fisheries so much that they are protecting the fishery for their future as well as the future generations. From a water quality standpoint Pewaukee Lake is the best it has been for 40 years. With the help of the WDNR, WFT Pewaukee Chapter and the people really practicing good catch and release – the fishery is improving drastically, it is highly respected and it is well on its way to being the best it has ever been.

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As far as fishing in the heat….make your own decisions, it is your right.

Thank you for being leaders in conservation….it is recognized, respected and it’s getting contagious!

Lake Temps July 2016

Pewaukee Lake Sanitary District records temperatures, Disolved Oxygen, salinity and other water quality data every Wednesday during the Spring, Summer and Fall. We also take secchi disc readings to record water clarity.

All this information is utilized in determining the best management practices to keep a healthy ecosystem.

 

Looking forward to cooler temperatures and tight fishing lines….soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wally Wagon is fired up again – come check it out!!

Jims first jars of 2016

Jims first jars of 2016

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Little eyes 04062016 Spawned out female 04042016 Netting 04062016 Frank milking 04062016The Walleye wagon is on site at W279 N2865 Rocky Point road and we just started filling the wagon with eggs on April 6th, 2016. I’d expect to be netting for 5-7 days and filling it up with our new babies.

All are welcome to check out this fantastic ordeal.

Our first catch were a pair of 27 inch walleyes, one was spawned out as can be seen in this photo and was was “ready to go”, the next day all nets were put in with an additional two to maximize our efforts.

Emptying nets, milking fish, adding the milt, mixing, and prepping for the jars will go on for a week or so. Then we watch the development of our fry for typically around 22 days. To read more go to the Walleye Wagon page and read all about last year, good info…The Walleye Wagon Operation