DNR, multiple agencies continue invasive carp removal

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in partnership with neighboring state and federal agencies will take further action to reduce the number of invasive carp in the Mississippi River.
Additional actions include increasing commercial netting operations, tracking tagged carp and ongoing use of the innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM), a tactic that involves driving fish towards a series of smaller and smaller areas until they are netted out of the water.
Continued efforts follow a successful second invasive carp removal effort on Oct. 25-29 in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse in which the DNR, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wild Rivers Conservancy and National Park Service sampled more than 100,000 pounds of fish.
Although seven silver carp were observed jumping out of the sampling area, no invasive carp were captured during the October removal using MUM. Thirty-four silver carp were captured during the first MUM operation in the same locations in April.
“This is potentially very good news about the current status of invasive carp in Pool 8,” said Jordan Weeks, DNR Mississippi River Fisheries Biologist. “Invasive carp captures decreased sharply. We’re hopeful this indicates a decrease in the actual invasive carp population.”
In addition, the October invasive carp removal produced hundreds of native fish in each of five locations along the river. These captures included a healthy number and diversity of native fish, including numerous paddlefish and sturgeon.
While native fish tend to hide and avoid being driven into the nets used during the MUM tactic, some do end up being netted. A subset of those fish are measured and weighed, then released back into the river. Any invasive carp are removed and further analyzed. Invasive carp compete with native species for food and habitat, so a healthy and diverse fishery is a positive sign.
Invasive carp captures must be reported to the DNR immediately. If you believe you have captured an invasive carp, please put it on ice and send a picture of the carp to Jordan Weeks, DNR Mississippi River Fisheries Biologist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-386-0970.
Learn more about how you can do your part to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Invasives/prevention.html.
More information about invasive carp is available on the DNR's invasive carp webpage at https://dnr.wi.gov/news/mediakits/mk_carpcontrol.asp.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo returns to National Sports Center

BLAINE, Minn. – The National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine will present the ninth annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, Nov. 19-21, at the NSC’s Sport Expo Center.
This event will give fishermen a great opportunity to preview the latest tackle, electronics, gear and ice houses, and snowmobiles and ATV’s, just ahead of ice fishing season. An attendance of over 5,000 is expected.
“The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is excited to be back this year,” said expo sales director Mike Brodzinski. “As always, we will have all the biggest names in the ice fishing industry attending the show, and we know that interest in ice fishing has grown over the pandemic, so we expect a great crowd of anglers.”
The seminar schedule offers an all-star line-up of ice fishing seminars from Ice Team pros Jeff Anderson, Jason Durham, Chris Granrud, Scott Merwin, Mike Raetz, Pat and Mike Rodger.
Seminars will cover ice fishing basics, lure information, fish specific tips and much, much more. 
The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo also boasts the largest supply of wheelhouses at any ice fishing show in the U.S.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at  https://www.nscsports.org/eventtickets.

DNR completes fish stocking in Forestville Flowage

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wis., to stock largemouth bass and bluegill into the Forestville Flowage, a 65-acre lake in Door County.
Between 2019-2021, the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department and the Door County Facilities and Parks reduced the water level of the Forestville Flowage to create improved fish habitat following restored water levels.
In mid-October, 2,351 largemouth bass, averaging 3.3 inches, and 47,949 fingerling bluegills were stocked into the Forestville Flowage. The largemouth bass were provided by the DNR’s Northfield Lake Fish Rearing Station in Jackson County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wis., provided the bluegills. The DNR stocked all of the fish.
“With water levels restored, largemouth bass and bluegill stocking efforts aim to re-establish fish populations and create future opportunities for anglers,” said Nick Legler, DNR Fisheries Biologist.
On average, bluegill reach 6 inches in four years, and bass grow to 14 inches in four to five years, which will lead to enhanced fishing on the flowage. In addition to providing angling opportunities, stocked bass and bluegill may also benefit the ecosystem of the flowage by helping control carp populations through predation or consumption of tiny carp fry.
More information about fishing in Wisconsin is available on the DNR website at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Do you know regulations where you fish?

Through surveys and measuring a lot of fish, DNR fisheries biologists develop and recommend regulations that help protect, preserve and improve Wisconsin fish populations given the current fishing pressure.
In Wisconsin, there's always something to fish somewhere 365 days a year. There are limited open seasons for certain species and waters. Before you head out, check the season dates at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/seasons for your favorite species and favorite waters.
Here’s why we have fishing regulations:
* To maintain the number and sizes of fish.
* To consider anglers’ desires and expectations (like more fish for dinner or larger fish to catch and release).
* To make access to fishing as fair as possible.
Our current fishing regulations make sure Wisconsin anglers have good fishing opportunities both now and in the future.
Please note that lake trout regulations on Lake Superior have changed. Effective Aug. 15, at 11:59 p.m., the WI-2 lake trout season in the Apostle Islands region closed. See the lake trout harvest page at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/lakesuperior/LakeTroutHarvest.html for more information. These regulations may be subject to change, so check back regularly.
Learn more about Wisconsin’s fishing regulations at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/fishing/regulations.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

New walleye sonic tagging study underway in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Oshkosh fisheries staff have started a new sonic tagging study on the movement of walleye on the Winnebago System to evaluate adult walleye movement and habitat use on the system, including spring spawning runs on the upper Fox and Wolf Rivers.
The study will include tagging adult walleye with sonic tags  during electrofishing surveys throughout the system, including Lake Winnebago and the upper Fox River. The sonic tags with be surgically implanted in the abdomen.
In addition to sonic tagging of walleye, the network of acoustic receivers placed along riverbanks and crossing areas throughout the Winnebago System was expanded on the upper Fox River upstream to Portage to better understand spawning marsh and fishway use. As part of the study, 20 releasable acoustic receivers will also be placed in deep water areas on Lake Winnebago.
DNR staff recently tagged 74 fish during fall electrofishing surveys on Lake Winnebago in several areas including Black Wolf (24), Grundman County Boat Landing (19), Asylum Bay (14), Paynes Point (13), Pipe (3) and Fond du Lac (1).
Any sonic tagged fish that swim within a quarter mile of the receivers will be logged with the date and time at that location. Receiver data will be downloaded annually to help gather movement information.
All sonic tagged fish are also equipped with an orange loop tag  that reads, “RESEARCH REWARD,” and are worth $100 to anglers that report them (the reward expires Dec. 31, 2025).  Receiving found tags from harvested fish is crucial as they can be reused for future studies.
To report tags and receive the reward, anglers must send a confirmation picture and catch information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 920-303-5429.
Reported tags can also be mailed to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
625 East County Road Y
Oshkosh WI 54901
Please share this information with your clubs and fellow anglers.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Mille Lacs, Upper Red lake winter walleye rules finalized

A four-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed, went into effect on Upper Red Lake on Monday, Nov. 1.
Effective Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, winter anglers on Mille Lacs may keep one walleye between 21-23 inches or one fish longer than 28 inches.
The new regulation on Upper Red increases the possession limit from the three-fish limit that was in place during the 2020-2021 winter season and 2021 open water season, when mature walleye were lower in abundance. Results of this fall’s walleye population assessment showed a wide range of sizes with an abundance of mature spawning walleye, which allowed the more generous bag limit while also creating conditions that are favorable for the survival of upcoming walleye year classes.
This is the sixth consecutive year of winter walleye harvest on Mille Lacs, where winter regulations are set after completion of the annual fall netting assessment. Results from 2021 showed that the walleye population has declined from recent years,  but remains above population lows seen from 2012 to 2016.
Mille Lacs Lake winter regulations also reduce the possession limit for cisco (tullibee) from 10 to five and forbid the harvest of burbot (eelpout).
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s website offers regulation Information on both lakes - Upper Red Lake at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=04003501 and Mille Lacs Lake at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/millelacslake/index.html. 

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

DNR seeks comment on whitefish, electronic reporting rule

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on the economic impacts of a proposed permanent rule relating to whitefish commercial harvest in Lake Michigan (including Green Bay), and electronic harvest reporting for all Lake Michigan and Lake Superior commercial anglers.
Comments will be accepted until Nov. 11.
This rule revises the total allowable commercial harvest for Green Bay and Lake Michigan to reflect lake whitefish population abundance and distribution. It also establishes how the harvest for Green Bay and Lake Michigan will be divided between the three zones of Lake Michigan, and implements a harvest cap mechanism for Zone 2 to prevent over-harvest while still allowing commercial fishing throughout the zone.
The rule would also create a new restricted area for trap nets set for whitefish in southern Green Bay. In addition, it would require commercial anglers in Lake Michigan and Green Bay to report the location and name of trap nets set for whitefish.
Daily electronic harvest reporting for all Lake Michigan and Lake Superior commercial anglers would also be required, making reporting quicker and more accurate than biweekly paper reporting. There would also be an option for anglers to first record the information on a paper form before entering it into the electronic harvest reporting system by the end of the day.
Comments on the potential economic impacts of this rule will help the DNR enhance the economic impact analysis on the rule’s potential economic effects.
To view the full text of the draft rule, click on https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/sites/default/files/topic/Rules/FH0220DraftRule.pdf.
To view the economic impact analysis, click on https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/sites/default/files/topic/Rules/FH0220FiscalEstimate.pdf.
Please submit comments by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Nov. 11.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR