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reefhawg
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7/22/14 12:43 PM CST
The 51"er was caught out of Dubay a week or so ago. I have a picture of a picture on my phone I could send or you can see it on the guides website. hooksetters guide service.

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7/22/14 9:14 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
4 of us went down stream from Galecke last nite...5----dark,, 2 boats two of looked for any species, tough bite few bass,,small, only 1 gill,,& he got chomped,,was reelimg it in,,mid 20,s size northern T--boned it on the retrieve,,snaped the line,, Bummer hopeing get pic was kinda neat, Big Smile 1 very nice cat,,24in,, Other Boat went plugging for Ski,s,, Got 33incher,Oh well its called fishing,,no one said it be easy,, Tounge Out

* note Thxs all who are posting details on Musky history & stocking etc Some one told me 51incher was caught pic in point journal? would lov purchase a copy, for club archives, PM me if tis story is true.. THXS Cool

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7/20/14 10:42 AM CST
The 'True' clears are often a variation of and/or a product of environment, especially in the river here. In terms of naturals, there really are precious few around here, as the Musky population was completely decimated by pollution from Wausau south beginning in the middle 1800's until the Clean Water Act of 1972. Once the treatment plants started up for both municipalities and especially the paper industry, making the paper industry in WI the cleanest anywhere in the world, a lot of the indicator species started showing up again(smallies, muskies, catfish), mostly through stocking. Again, the fish possess a lot more markings when small, and will tend to 'clear' out as they grow in the river. It does seem though, that the naturals up around Wausau and to the north do possess that 'clear/mottled phasing and a lot of entrainment(moving through the systems downstream) is taking place so I'd expect some of those fish to be seen in the Point Flowage.

It would be nice if we could gather some eggs from some of the big fish in Dubay/Lake Wausau and raise them locally. If only our club still had the ability to raise our own fish(cannot afford to with VHS regs on bait gathering).

There are no spotted Muskies in Point flowage. Our club(Consolidated Musky Club Inc.) stocks some of the spotteds on an every other year basis in Petenwell flowage only(we did stock Castle Rock once with them 5 years ago). We are not permitted to stock the spotteds anywhere else. It is exciting to think we can possibly develop a self sustaining population, which is not the case now. Yes, they are spawning, but there is precious little natural reproduction being found on most of the area flowages, and none in many of the local bodies. With better weed growth, water quality, less level flux, we hope this improves.

I wouldn't expect any of the fish stocked locally to have origins in Ohio. I know the fish we stocked/stocked do not and can follow the lineage to a degree, and the Point club has gotten their fish from the same hatcheries we have for the most part over the past several years. The Kalepps fish that Point stocked for years are some of the most notable trophy potential bearing fish in the country. They are some of the WI strain fish that were stocked in Mill Lacs in the 80's that grew to immense proportions, and are gone now for the most part(the WI strain didn't reproduce in Mill Lacs as far as anyone can tell). 12 Apostles in Point gets almost all of their fish from Gollons as mentioned in another post. They are admittedly very spotted/barred looking when young, but seem to 'wash' out as they grow in the river. The point is, the clubs really need to be commended for resurrecting a population over the past 30 years, creating a fishable population that simply wasn't here when I was a kid growing up in the late 70's/80's. The DNR has been stocking a ton of fish as well over the past few years, which has also helped boost this still recovering population.

Good luck!

[This post was last edited on 7/20/14 at 10:47 AM]
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7/19/14 4:02 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F
Fishing shoreline near Point (Plover) on Wisconsin River between a couple of paper mills. In 3 hrs have caught 7 nice channel cats w/ Sonny's dip bait (2 different spots). Fun times in the summertime! :-)

Ralph :-)

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7/18/14 8:15 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
ME,,& bud went out on point flowage last nite, 3:30----dark,looking for Mr or Mrs Ski,,, must been young,en nite out, 2 baby ski,s,,27& 24incher plus lost another about that size, Oh well least there out there,10yrs those be nice ones Big Smile

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7/15/14 11:33 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
3 of us went Down stream from Galecke,,Monday,, 2---8..looking for any thing hungry,,, started out Good,, Gills,,Bass,cats, 5keeper Gills,, 7inch,or better,,1very nice 18in Bass,,,1 northern caught while plugging,, 28,,incher,, then artic Vortex kicked in wow,,wind shift etc,,water temp even dropped 4 degress,, then bite got tough, strange summer in wis,,bet water will never even hit 80, But hearing Muskys are active,, Big Smile

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7/14/14 7:27 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F
Hit my favorite little fishing hole near the Point Dam this afternoon looking for a few catfish to tussle. Threw Sonny's dip bait at em... got Lotta "short hits" with no fish. Switched to nightcrawlers and cut bait. Got four 20-24 inch channel cats in a half hour. Way too much fun! Moved down river and got another kitty cat on Sonny's dip bait. Nice little afternoon of "cattin'!" :-)

Happy Fishing!

Ralph :-)

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7/8/14 1:55 PM CST
Jason, wow, such an informative post. Thank you for the stocking explanation. You answered a lot of my questions. Don't get me wrong, these more recently stocked fish are beautiful and I do like the barred markings, I just don't want to see the true clears disappear. I've witnessed them spawning on the biron, at what success/survival rate I do not know... I've only caught a few true clears in the point flowage, but I haven't been fishing there long. I did catch my first keeper there on Sunday, a fat, heavy 46". Cpr'd of course... I was unaware that there were spotteds in the point flowage! If so, pretty cool... Still looking to find out if the ohio river strain has ever been stocked in/above point.

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7/7/14 9:34 PM CST
Reign Supreme

ive personaly boated 6 over 40 in the point flowage in the last 3 weeks with one at 48 and another at 46 one 44 incher was a spotted with only part of its tag intact ... yes it has a lot of small fish but they gota start somewhere all sections around here have 50's in them some sections are just better at times then other you'd be amazed where the bigger ones sit

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7/7/14 5:52 PM CST
Coming from Southern Wi. to fish here next month with my 11 year old son and a good friend of mine for the first time. We will be mostly fishing for Muskies but if/when that's slow we will try fishing for other species as well. I hoping some of you that have experience in this area can give me some tips on the Musky fishing. Looking for a general idea on what baits are a good bet or any other areas, tips or techniques you would like to share with me. PM me if you would like.

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7/4/14 11:42 AM CST
Great discussion. We(Consolidated Musky Club Inc.) too, get our fish from Gollon's out of Dodgeville Wisconsin. Tim runs a great hatchery, and always has great looking fish. His fish are/were upper Wisconsin River strain. Unlike the old Kalebs fish from years ago, the fish we get now are very barred/spotted when stocked and retain a bit of the bar separation as they get older, though aren't the golden brown barred fish similar to what we got in the 80's/early 90's. Kalebs fish grew to trophy proportions, and I'm expecting the beauties that we get from Gollon, to do the same. We raised our own fish in our own hatchery for over almost 2 decades, until the VHS issue shut down our feed gathering, so we now purchase 100% of our fish. The DNR also stocks the river with leftover fish from the Woodruff hatchery, from time to time. Where we used to see a certain 'look' from certain lakes to the point of being able to tell where fish came from, it is something that is less common today, with hatcherys using milt/spawn from different systems. While certain waters still produce certain color phases based on clarity/alkalinity etc, unless the lake was never stocked, it is difficult to know the exact origin of the fish, unless tagged, and even then the geneology sometimes gets confusing. The WI River has received plantings from so many different origins since the resurrection of the population 30 years ago, that it is increasingly helpful to dye mark/floy tag/PIT tag these fish to get a feel for at least where/if the fish was stocked, and by whom, where.

We stock $5,000.00-$10,000.00 in Muskies into the river including Biron Flowage(stocked there the past two years) every other year with WI strain fish, and stock Petenwell Flowage every other year with Mississippi River Strain(Leech Lake). The intent with our stocking the Leechers has/is that these fish spawn deeper and might prove more successful in terms of natural reproduction on the Petenwell, that sees greatly fluctuating levels due to winter drawdown. I did get a 45" Spotty last year, and a smaller one this season, and know of a few others, so they are making their way into adulthood. The DNR has been PIT tagging, and fin clipping for both the Twelve Apostles and us on our stocking days, and it's already interesting to watch the entrainment unfold(fish moving through the systems).

We(DNR/club) purchased a number of PIT tags/readers, through a charity fund last year, and hope to purchase a couple more of them eventually.

If anyone has interest in the history of the club, we are honored to work alongside the Twelve Apostles each year, stocking the same day/s. Feel free to check out the website and or email me for more details or suggestions.

Jason Schillinger Operator/Secretary/Treasurer Consolidated Musky Club Inc.

consolidatedmuskyclubinc.com

muskyj@charter.net

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Muskie_manic2004
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7/4/14 8:43 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Me & bud went looking for da Ski,s last nite,, 4-----dark,,,, bud got rewarded with 37incher.. on depth raider, lost another on figure 8.. current still running bit fast,,5000CFM,, if rain stop things should resume back to normal soon.

In regards to catching big ski,s always been tough to catch 50incher, fish of lifetime really, lotta mid 40,s which is good sign those be next generation of 50,s, There is league nite on point flowage every tues,, as I understand it 63 muskys were caught last summer alone. correct me if I,m wrong I don't belong to that group.

HAVE SAFE 4TH OF JULY EVERY ONE,,, Off Musky fishing Tonite Big Smile

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7/1/14 1:07 PM CST
There are no big muskies on the Point Flowage. In fact, you're better off spending your time fishing Biron, or any of the dam stretches. Try really hard and eventually you'll get one over 40 if you fish one of those stretches instead.

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6/29/14 11:23 AM CST
Just wanna say thanks to 12apostles and the other area clubs for all they have contributed to the musky fishery we have today. And as always thanks for the info muskiemanic. I've been looking for recent stocking reports/records with no luck. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great!

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6/29/14 7:54 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Had nice outing Sat,,on point flowage, Between 12apostles musky club Vs Bills musky club Big Smile the winner was a 38in ski,, caught by Bills member. other musky caught was 32in,,few northern, bass, Windy hot conditions made for tough fishing, My battery was drained by 2:30, but fun day Big thxs for Bahamas' for good pot luck meal Big Smile

* note* noticed lot post on muskys & stocking not sure be honest what kind Gollon,s bait gives us, guess I,ll have to ask, yes 12apostles club been stocking river since early 70,s & will continue for years to come, no stocking in Biron cause evident that skis are going thru the dam system on there own, plus DNR wishes for stocked fish to be pit tagged, much easier set up on one body of water,, pit tagging kinda tedious process.

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