Northern zone musky season begins May 28

BARRON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2022 northern zone muskellunge (musky) season begins May 28, and runs through Dec. 31.
During the open season, anglers can catch musky on open waters within the northern muskellunge management zone. All regulations and license requirements apply.
“Despite the ice melting late into the year across the Northwoods, some of the best days of musky fishing are upon us,” said Zach Lawson, DNR fisheries biologist. “With many musky actively feeding post-spawn, our musky fisheries appear to be in good shape and will offer anglers fantastic opportunities for the opener.”
Proclaimed the official state fish in 1955, the muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) is one of Wisconsin's most unique trophies.
More musky world records have been landed in Wisconsin than anywhere else. The current state and world record is a tremendous 69-pound, 11-ounce musky taken from the Chippewa Flowage.
Anglers should note that there are new musky regulations for some lakes in the northern zone, including:
* Butternut Lake (Ashland/Price counties) – Minimum length limit of 40 inches and a daily bag limit of one.
* Namekagon River from Trego Dam to the confluence with the St. Croix River (Burnett and Washburn counties) – Minimum length limit of 50 inches and a daily bag limit of one.
* Presque Isle Chain (Vilas County) - Minimum length limit of 50 inches and a daily bag limit of one.
A list of all recent regulation changes is available on the DNR’s website at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/fishing/regulations/newregulations.
Fishing licenses can be purchased online through Go Wild at https://gowild.wi.gov/, the DNR’s online license portal, or from an authorized license vendor at https://dnr.wi.gov/Permits/CSRSP/LicenseAgents.aspx. More information on licenses can be found on the DNR’s fishing license webpage at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/outreach/FishingLicenses. Anglers should consult the 2022-2023 Guide to Hook and Line Fishing Regulations at https://widnr.widen.net/s/mzbjddk8ph/fishingregselectronic2223 for daily bag and size limits.
Learn more about trophy muskellunge waters and the elusive fish by visiting the DNR's musky webpage at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/musky.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Share your Minnesota fishing photos

How was your fishing opener? We’d love to see some photos.
New this year, we have a way for you to easily share your fishing photos with us, so we can share them back with you on social media, in email notifications and on our website. Please consider sharing your fishing photos.
For the best chance of photos being used, please share photos of people wearing life jackets if they were taken while boating.
Share your fishing photos at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/photos.html.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

It’s time to go fishing in Minnesota

Planted flowers, did laundry, washed dishes: check, check and check.
Yet, that fishing gear hasn’t moved. Sound familiar? Still waiting to get out and go fishing?
Fishing season is here along with spring weather and fantastic fishing opportunities await, wherever you are in Minnesota.
Before you head out fishing, remember to grab your fishing license. The DNR has a variety of licenses to fit your needs.
Buy licenses at any DNR license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR


Fish for trout in Minnesota lakes

Fishing opener also marked the start to fishing for trout in lakes, and here’s a metro area opportunity.
A DNR fisheries crew recently stocked 3,000 really nice 12-13 inch rainbow trout into Cenaiko Lake in Coon Rapids. This lake usually gets 2,000 of these fish stocked in the spring, but this year fisheries staff released an extra 1,000, all so anglers can enjoy fishing for and utilizing these fish.
Remember, most anglers age 18-64 need a trout stamp to fish this lake.
Find information about Cenaiko Lake at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/eastmetro/lakes/cenaiko.html.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

La Crosse bass pro Monsoor reels in $10,000

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – La Crosse’s Tom Monsoor finished in 44th place, but walked away with $10,000 in the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me qualifier on Lake Guntersville, AL, on Saturday.
Monsoor dropped from fifth place into 22nd place after Friday’s second round, but still reached Saturday’s semifinals. However, he only caught three fish totaling 9 pounds, 13 ounces for a 44-13, three-day total and 44th place out of 158 total anglers.
“No fish. I couldn’t find any,” Monsoor lamented. “I tried everything, but no luck.”
Arkansas pro Spencer Shuffield retained his lead heading into Sunday’s final round reserved for the top 10 anglers. Shuffield managed a five-fish limit weighing 19-06 on Saturday for a whopping 63-07 total.
Tennessee pro Nick Hatfield, a rookie on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, had a three-day 62-11 bag for runner-up honors after three days of fishing. However, everything is thrown out the window for Sunday’s final.
Monsoor entered this week’s qualifier in 83rd place in the standings with 375 points after the first three events this year. He collected $15,000 so far this season to boost his career earnings to more than $1.16 million.
“I don’t know where this puts me, but it will help in the standings,” said Monsoor, who was packing up his pickup for the return trip to La Crosse at 5 a.m. Sunday.
“I’ll leave at 5 in the morning and should be back by 7 at night. No, make that 8 as I have to get gas, too,” he said. “Overall, it turned out better than I thought it would. Now I can’t wait to get home.”


Catch these webinars on youth fishing leagues, muskies

Interested in Minnesota youth fishing leagues or muskies? Make sure to catch these two upcoming webinars.
The webinar on youth fishing leagues will be at noon Wednesday, May 25. Join DNR fisheries manager and bass fishing expert Eric Altena as he shares ideas and resources to help grow youth passion for fishing and connect with Minnesota’s increasing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.
The following week, TJ Debates, DNR fisheries supervisor, will talk about one of Minnesota’s largest apex predator fish, the muskellunge, at noon Wednesday, June 1. Debates will talk about how the DNR manages muskies, where muskies live and some tips on how to catch them.
The webinars are part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. They’re free to join and registration is required.
Register for the webinars at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishwildlife/outreach/index.html.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

La Crosse bass pro Monsoor in hunt for top 10 final

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Tom Monsoor, longtime La Crosse bass professional, is in the hunt for the final round of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me qualifier on Lake Guntersville, AL.
Monsoor (pictured) dropped from fifth place into 22nd place after Friday’s second round, but still reached Saturday’s semifinals and has a good chance to make Sunday’s top 10 final.
Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, AK, retains the lead with a second round five-fish limit weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces for a two-day 44-01 total.
Monsoor also caught his limit on Friday, but it tipped the scale at 13-12 for a respectable 35-02 total. Robert Nakatomi, from Sacramento, CA, stands in 10th place with a 38-09, two-day weight, so Monsoor is certainly within reach of a final top 10 spot.
“I made it. I’m guaranteed at least $10,000, Monsoor said Friday night. “It wasn’t looking good. I lost a couple of fish and  lost one that would have done it.”
Monsoor said he caught his limit within the first two hours, then went to his starting spot on Lake Guntersville. Unfortunately, he had company.
“There were two guys and a kid there. That’s OK. They have as much right to be there as me,” Monsoor said. “They told me, ‘Boy, are they biting today.’ I wasn’t real happy, but what can you do?”
Monsoor said his largest fish on Friday weighed 3 pounds and caught on a Senko jig. Otherwise, he caught all of his other fish on his patented black and blue swim jig.
As for Saturday, Monsoor’s strategy is to “catch fish, just go fishing and see what happens.”
“I’m going to try and get points, too, besides trying some new stuff like a chatterbait.”
Monsoor entered this week’s qualifier in 83rd place in the 2022 standings with 375 points after the first three events this year. He has collected $15,000 so far this season to boost his career earnings to more than $1.16 million.