SHOW #537 | 2010 SEPTEMBER 11
• Harbor fishing action for salmon is picking up on Lake Michigan.
|• Jeff hunts geese and doves and canoes the Fox River.
• Dan fishes for salmon and gets his bow tuned at the Forge Bow Pro Shop in New Berlin.
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Should commercial trap nets be banned from Lake Michigan each year until Labor Day?
Background: Trap nets are large underwater nets used by commercial fishers to catch whitefish in the Great Lakes. Trap nets are preferred to gill nets and trawls because sport fish that are accidentally caught can be released alive. These underwater nets can pose a potential risk to recreational boating and fishing. Sport trolling is not advisable near them because downriggers, fishing lines, and propellers can get caught in the nets or anchor ropes.
During the summer months, trap nets are restricted to two small areas off Sheboygan and Manitowoc. In June, a sport fisherman died when his boat’s downrigger cable became tangled in a trap net. Waves caused the boat to capsize and the angler died of a heart attack.
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Hunters need to keep safety in mind when hunting these challenging game birds.
“There’s something very special about turkey and grouse hunting,” says Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources. “And with the enthusiasm that goes with this type of hunting, we should all be mindful of making sure we return home safe and sound at the end of each hunt.”
Here are some things Lawhern says hunters need to keep in mind when going afield after ruffed grouse and fall turkey:
Lawhern suggests that hunters also consider wearing some type of eye protection. A good pair of clear or light-colored safety glasses can go a long way toward avoiding injury to eyes and sight.
Grouse and turkey hunters also need to be aware that there might be other hunters afield at the same time after other types of game. Bow hunters may be perched in tree stands and other turkey hunters may be under a tree. Most of them will be wearing full camouflage and will therefore be very hard to see.
“Famed conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, “There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed grouse hunting,’” Lawhern says. “Don’t let careless hunting practices spoil this special tradition.”
MADISON – With the Sept. 30 close of the inland trout season fast approaching, anglers will find they enjoy some of the best trout fishing of the season, state fish biologists say.
“It’s been a tough summer to be out trout fishing because the heat and the humidity, but the next few weeks should be fantastic,” says Larry Claggett, Department of Natural Resources cold water ecologist.
“Every stream I see is flowing above normal but not flooding, and that creates good habitat, abundant food, and cooler water temperatures, which means the fish are going to be a little more active again.”
Claggett says DNR fisheries surveys are showing good trout populations, and fish managers are telling me “the fishing is as good as it’s ever been.”
Dave Vetrano is one of those fish managers who believes the fishing’s never been better. He’s been working for 30 years directly on improving fishing in western Wisconsin counties of Crawford, Vernon, Monroe and La Crosse.
“Because of the abundant rainfall we have base flows far higher than what they have ever been. Our streams are in the best shape ever from a fisheries standpoint.”
Vetrano says that the high water levels this year, as well as the flooding in 2008 and 2007, have helped trout populations and anglers.
“There’s a misconception that the water just blows the fish out but in reality they hunker down and as long as they don’t get moved by a big log that pushes them out, they try to find the low current areas and they’ll be just fine.”
The flood waters scour the sediments from the river beds, revealing the cobbled substrate that the trout need to spawn. “We’ve seen a tremendous increase in recruitment and young
of year and increase in the invertebrate populations, so for all intents and purposes, the fishing is the best it’s ever been.”
Vetrano cautions that anglers will want to watch stream flows carefully, and wait until the water comes back down in a stream and clears up a little. That doesn’t take long in western Wisconsin, where the stream flows rise and fall quickly, sometimes within 24 hours.
“The trout are sight feeders. They can’t see the lure. The best fishing is just as water start to get a little dirty or a little clear. In that interim, that’s the time to get out. They go on a major feed. Depending on the rain event, they may have not eaten for two or three days.”
Mike Miller, a DNR stream ecologist and avid trout angler, advises fly fishers to try fishing the mouths of tributaries to larger rivers and use a grasshopper, ant or cricket fly pattern. Large brown trout try to avoid bright sunlight so spin fishers fishing near dusk using lures that imitate minnows or crawfish can hook some impressive fish.
“The brown trout and brook trout are fall spawners so they will be thinking of moving upstream so often times you can find some big fish in spots you might not normally find them,” Miller says. “The fish should start stacking up close to these smaller tributary streams, smaller streams.”
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