I fished on thanksgiving day. Caught 2 smallies. Prob 2 ½ l bs and little over a lb for the second one. I was by the first bridge by Hampton ( out water park side).
Milwaukee River/Estabrook Park, Milwaukee County
Addicted2Fishing414: "I could be wrong, but I imagine rebuilding the dam & most likely keeping it closed so that larger pools develop in certain areas so that fish can survive in those deeper pools on hot summer days. I don't know, just a thought."
In a perfect world, they need cool/cold flowing water, well oxygenated and soft-sediment free stream beds for egg and embryo development, and juvenile rearing and growth. If the dam is rebuilt, the deeper pools above the dams would not have the cool/cold flowing water necessary for good reproduction, and sedimentation would be poor for the kings. For the possibility of king reproduction, there is absolutely no question the river would be better off without the dam. But the Milwaukee River higher temperature regime would still make it difficult.
Well, partly true. The LMC believes based on observation that 50% to 75% of the Chinook population is natural reproduction. The wild card is private stocking in Canada on Lake Huron that do not have fin clips. I am guessing they stock up there to have fall fishing runs on the rivers. It is unclear how many fish are stocked up there. In lower Michigan, the Muskegon River, Manistee River, Little Manistee River, and Pere Marquette River all have natural reproduction. The Muskegon is the largest. Furthermore, up in the UP on Lake Superior, the DNR estimates that 99% of all chinook caught on Superior are wild, presumeably spawning in tributaries that empty into Superior from the UP and Canada. It is all about the river characteristics: high average velocity, gravel beds, and clean, clear cold water. We have none of that in Wisconsin emptying into Lake Michigan. Also, Dams are bad for salmon spawning. My first Chinook was 1989 on the Columbia River, 35lb female, trolling the Hanford Reach just below the fish hatchery. They have the hatchery because the dams ruined all the spawning grounds.
The Charters and many others want to keep the stocking going on the Wisconsin side so that we have some returns in August and continuing into September thru October. If the DNR stopped stocking at Mckinley Marina we would have next to zero fish returning. There would be some strays, but really nothing to speak of. No more jigging the gaps for brown bunnies in September/October or trolling the circle of death in the harbor.
I could be wrong, but I imagine rebuilding the dam & most likely keeping it closed so that larger pools develop in certain areas so that fish can survive in those deeper pools on hot summer days. I don't know, just a thought. It still amazes me that 120 miles east (Michigan), kings can survive at a 60% rate!! I guess that's just how earth works. Now it makes more sense why charters don't want the dnr to stop stocking salmon, we won't get them back. Lakers, brownies & rainbows only, 20 years from now....