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chadx99
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2/5/16 6:32 PM CST
Ice Depth: 11" Conditions: Partly Sunny
Out today main lake,,or I like to say main marsh..the two of us 6 flags 4 northerns all in the mid twenties.I think we cought the same fish twice if you can imagine that..OH NO 40 INCHERS SEEN TODAY!!! LOL.....

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2/5/16 12:03 PM CST
Ben: Sport Show a few years back you stated that to me and a buddy of mine when we were discussing this topic. My buddy asked you about stocking pike to bring the population back up and that is what we were told.

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2/5/16 6:51 AM CST
For what it is worth, I have been fishing Big M for 11 or 12 years. I have not noticed any real difference in numbers or sizes of pike except for the couple of years after the big drain down. I think the drain down occurred roughly the same time as the 40" size limit (maybe a year before or after). However,in my experience Big M has recovered. Could it be that the size and number issues related to the drain down and not the 40" size limit?

mkefisherman
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2/4/16 7:08 PM CST
Channel is fine, quite a few people out on the bay today. I few with Quads

Learningtobenice
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2/4/16 6:58 PM CST
Can anyone let me know how the ice in the channel held up with the warn temps. Thanks in advance!

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2/4/16 2:59 PM CST
Igor, I don't even know who you are, so please do not quote me until I say something or you read it in one of my publications. Why don't you call me or email me. All of my contact info is on the fishing Wisconsin homepage. Besides this is supposed to be a fishing report forum. I usually do not communicate via lake link. Benjamin Heussner

MrTwister da man da myth
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2/4/16 2:04 PM CST
Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
Not asking for anyone's honey hole looking to do some pan fishing can anyone give me some direction that is walkable don't have an atv

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2/3/16 7:10 PM CST
Thanks Chad.

You've got a lake that has winterkill on a regular basis that severely depletes or in some cases wipes out the forage base. This is what the pike need to grow to the magical mythical 40". You don't have the forage, you don't get the size. Pretty simple equation.

And in the almost 5 years since implementing the 40" rule would we all agree, in theory, there have been no pike taken out of the lake? If that is true, then WHY would they need to stock more? Things that make one say hmmmmmmmmmmmm????????????

And to that point, the biologist for this, Ben, told me emphatically that they would NEVER stock pike into Big Muskego as they don't want to alter the genetics of these pike as they are sturdier/hardier than other strains and can survive low oxygen levels. Sounds fishy to me.

chadx99
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2/3/16 6:13 PM CST
In the post below on Febuary 1st.. ,,Igor summed the whole damm thing up!!!!

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Igor
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2/3/16 5:15 PM CST
Sam: You were obviously on Bass Bay and not on the 3400 acre main lake.

GottaCatchemall: Yes, I am referring to years back when it was significantly better.

Sam_04skidoo
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2/2/16 9:55 PM CST
It isn't the size limit that makes us not see good like in this lake anymore it's over fished. There us way too much pressure in this lake and it's dying out. On Saturday people were drilling in between my tip ups, there is way too many people out there. And my point is most of these people go out for a good time drink some and have big groups of people so it's 5 to 10 minutes before they see their flag and then pull up a small pike that swallowed It and instead of cutting the line they throw it on the ice and take another 20 minutes for pylers and yank it out. By that time the fish is dead. Not blaming you guys just saying that's why there isn't much good fish.

Hardwater Freaks
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2/2/16 9:49 PM CST
I don't know much about the body of water of big Muskego due to not really ever puting time in but we did fish it last weekend and iced 3 fish over 30, and several in the high 20's.... We had 12 anglers on the ice for our annual friends and family gathering and it was a tip up bonanza.... Had a lot of fun, but now it's time to get back to my panfish holes!!!

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GottaCatchEmALL1364
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2/2/16 9:33 PM CST
Before the current size regulation on pike was implemented I caught more large pike than I do now out of Big Muskego by FAR! I remember many days 10-15 years ago where id catch multiple fish in the low to mid 30's in the same day. Nowadays, your lucky to get one over 30. Just my .02

pretty sure Igor has similar experiences

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fisheswithU2
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2/1/16 7:59 PM CST
Considering the DNR has stocked between 1750-11000 large fingerling (7-10") pike each year since 2006 (except 2007, an El Niño year, likely no winter kill/reason to stock) and pike average about 18" in there second year of life (all numbers from WI DNR website) coupled with the natural reproduction it should likely be expected to catch many small pike every year. I would assume the pike had a great spawn 2 years ago which would mean an abundance of teen length pike. Although I've always caught plenty of smaller pike no matter the season. IMO it has nothing to do with regulations or size limits. Bigger fish are there. I could go on but I'm not gonna start an argument as I know I will. I will say I like the current regs for how hard the lake is fished. Whether people like it or not stricter bag and size limits are what's in store for the future, especially for SE WI. Good luck y'all!

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2/1/16 5:45 PM CST
Just wanted to send out a thank you to all who came out to the Milwaukee Casting Club jamboree at AJ's. Good time was had by all.

Just an FYI, due to the 40" minimum on pike and there not being a snowball's chance in Hades of one ever growing, we are putting together rules for next year's wheree you can text a photo of the fish on a tape measure OR bring it in. We don't have anything finalized yet by any means as we are working out the details.

As for the fishing, we had 7 people in our group and the biggest was 15" out of the 6 we caught. Whooooooooooooo Wheee! Boy, that size structure is going through the roof!!!!

Absolutely pathetic to see roughly 50 people on the big lake on a Saturday when the temp was 45 degrees.

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