ASHLAND, WI - As proud father Dave Derusha explains it, one of the great things about fishing on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay is that you never know quite what you'll catch.
Some days it might be coho salmon or brown trout, other days possibly walleye, northern pike or splake. And then there are the rainbow smelt.
On one late winter day this year, Derusha and his son Tanner, age 9, were jigging through the ice with slender spoons resembling young perch. The two had already caught a number of smelt, which typically run about 7 to 8 inches, when Tanner felt a slightly stronger tug on the end of his line.
"We had already been catching some of the biggest smelt I'd ever seen in my life," Dave Derusha said. "You can always tell when you have a smelt on the line because they really flutter…
Anglers can support walleye stocking by purchasing $5 walleye stamps that help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provide more places to fish for walleye.
“You can buy a walleye stamp any time of the year, even if you already have a fishing license,” said Neil Vanderbosch, DNR fisheries program consultant. “All the funds from walleye stamps go toward the cost of purchasing walleye from private fish farms for stocking into lakes.”
The overall walleye stocking effort ramps up each year in April when fisheries staff collect walleye eggs, fertilize them and transport the eggs to fish hatcheries around Minnesota. The eggs spend two to three weeks incubating before hatching into fry that are soon released – two thirds into lakes and one third into rearing ponds. The fish in rearing…
Minnesota’s stream trout season opens this Saturday, April 15, and with the early spring weather of 2017 anglers should find good fishing conditions around much of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Trout fishing is getting more and more popular in Minnesota and there are quality trout fishing opportunities in every region of the state,” said Brian Nerbonne, DNR stream habitat consultant. “The opportunities are improving through the hard work of improving trout habitat, sound land use and science-based management that anglers pay for when they buy fishing licenses and trout stamps.”
In southeast Minnesota, which offers some of the best trout fishing in the upper Midwest, DNR fisheries biologists say the past three mild winters, along with the absence of…
SOMERSET, KY – Tom Monsoor can't right the ship on the FLW Tour.
The La Crosse native, in his 14th year on the FLW Tour, made another early exit in the fourth regular season qualifier on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, KY, on Friday.
Monsoor appeared to be off to one of his best starts of 2017 on Thursday when he caught a five fish limit totaling 12 pounds, 15 ounces. He was in 53rd place after Day 1 and only 3 pounds shay of making Saturday's semifinal round reserved for the top 20 professionals in the 164-angler field.However, Friday, was a disaster for the veteran Coulee Region angler. Monsoor boated only two bass, weighing 4-8. His two-day total was 17-7, dropping him into 107th place and an early return trip to La Crosse.
Clark Wendlandt of Leander, TX, grabbed the lead Friday bringing…
Q: What makes certain streams good for trout?
A: Streams that hold trout are usually an indicator of healthy water quality and responsible land use.
Trout require fairly consistent stream temperatures year-round - cold water in the summer and water that doesn’t freeze in the winter. In Minnesota, this comes from groundwater inflow since we don’t have mountain snowpack like some Western streams.
Good trout streams also tend to be relatively clear and free of excess sediment. When stream banks become eroded, trout eggs can become covered in silt, water quality suffers and aquatic insects that trout feed on may decline. Deep-rooted grasses alongside streams help to stabilize the banks, prevent erosion and filter out sediment from the surrounding land.
In addition, trout streams benefit…
Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
These new regulations, effective on the walleye fishing opener Saturday, May 13, allow one more fish in the daily bag than the regulations that were in place in the winter.
“Harvest under the three fish bag limit resulted in approximately 109,000 pounds for the winter season,” said Gary Barnard, area fisheries supervisor in Bemidji for the DNR. “There is still room within the target harvest range to allow an additional fish this spring.”
Red Lake’s walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee.
“The new harvest plan…
MADISON, WI - Dedicated catch and release anglers know there's little that equals the joy of releasing a healthy musky, northern pike or even a walleye with the hope that it will spawn again and perhaps provide excitement for another angler.
But what if the fish is really big - possibly one for the record books?
A new live release record fish program being rolled out by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources aims to end the dilemma and provide anglers with the win-win satisfaction of achieving a state record and a successful live release. The new program is part of a larger effort to promote quality fishing and encourage the careful release of trophy-size popular sport species. Similar efforts have found success in other states and among some national record-keeping organizations.
LEESBURG, FL - La Crosse professional bass fisherman Tom Monsoor is having one of his poorest seasons on the FLW Tour.
Monsoor, in his 14th year on the FLW Tour, finished 115th out of 163 pros entered in the FLW Tour Qualifier on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, FL, on Friday. Monsoor was in 119th place with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce after Thursday's opening round. He caught another five fish limit on Friday for 9-4, but his total two-day weight was only 18-5 leaving him in the 115th position.
Monsoor joined the FLW Tour in 2002, but fished only two tournaments finishing 196th in points. The La Crosse native began fishing the six regular season FLW Tour Qualifiers full time in 2003 with his best overall finish in fifth place in 2011. His worst regular season finish as a…
MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016, even as fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year.
In all, 797,815 of the 6- to 8-inch extended growth walleye were stocked in 150 Wisconsin waterbodies in 2016, up from the 760,969 fish stocked in 133 waters in 2015, said Dave Giehtbrock, DNR fisheries culture section chief. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2017-2019 biennial budget continues funding the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative at current levels for both years.
"We appreciate the vote of confidence in our program and the continued support for this important effort to restore and sustain Wisconsin as a premier…
MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved expanded harvest opportunities for Lake Michigan lake trout using the emergency rule process.
Brad Eggold, Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the new rule would:
* Expand Lake Michigan lake trout harvest opportunities to a daily bag limit of five.
* Include the five fish daily lake trout limit as part of the overall five trout and salmon combined daily bag limit.
* Maintain closure of refuges, which are supporting some natural reproduction.
* Offer a continuous open season.
* Maintain the commitment to lake-wide lake trout restoration and promotion of a diverse salmon and trout fishery through continued assessment of lake trout restoration goals and impacts of…