Does anyone ice fish out here?
Kewaunee/Algoma (Lake Michigan), Kewaunee County
61° - 65° F
56° - 60° F
A lot of guys catch & release
Some smoke em
Fresh run fish are still silver, not chrome but stained silver and are fine to eat. Not the moldy zombies.
Now broken rods, spooled reals, 20# test snapping like 6# test, guys shaking their heads cause they just got outmatched is just too much fun for me. Guys just holding on for dear life while the reel just screams until you hear the inevitable "snap". I will fish them with my pals as long as I can stand and will love every minute.
How many times I have seen guys walking away with rods broke in two, Including myself and my friends? Too many to count, my buddy mounted the rod and took a pic of the fish and put them together on the wall.
Yeah! Going zombie fishing!!!!!!!
Dreaming of zombie fishing!!!!!!
Get ya some of that !!!!!!!!
Thanks Mr. Ray. I read that they keep the fish in the pens where they mill about for a few days, and then one day the fish line up facing the same direction and the "imprint" with the river is done. Kings are pretty cool fish whether they're scary "zombie" fish or little smolts.
"First off, the fish stocked in a stream return to that stream to spawn. A Kewaunee River salmon will return to the Kewaunee river, not go to Michigan
Sorry, dude. But, that is false. A lot of streams/rivers in our Great Lakes that are salmon stocked have shown a very poor spawning return at times. "
In general, salmon that spawn in a specific river will return to that river to spawn. In Lake Michigan we see this with the very well documented natural reproduction in the Michigan rivers (Muskegon, Pere Marquette, etc). Fortunately, a small percentage of them "stray". This is important as it maintains the diversity and species from extinction due to natural calamities. That's why you might see a king with an adipose at a stocking site in Wisconsin in the fall sometimes.
With stocked salmon, the process is a little different. The fish are raised well away from where they will be stocked in most cases. In order for the fish to return to where they are stocked they need to be "imprinted". Today this is done in the net pens that are used most places, Kewaunee and Milwaukee for sure. The fingerlings are held in the pens for a specified period of time and this successfully imprints them to return to the same general area. It is pretty obvious that it works by the large number of kings milling around the McKinley Marina near the net pen location starting in September and the coded tags that said they were stocked at McKinley Marina. Imprinting in this fashion is not 100% successful though. There will be some loss/straying.
Not exactly sure what you find false. Poor returns are not definitive evidence that stocked salmon do not return to the river they were stocked in. There are many variables impacting the numbers returning to a site. His statements in a general are correct, not false.
Been a while but one area may be still be open
The shipping channel into Sturgeon Bay has a steel wall on the lake side and just east of the end of the wall is Strawberry creek on the south side where the Hatchery is located. As I remember you could fish off the steel wall from the North side on Canal rd or South side from Barge Rd. There is a rectangular cut in the bank at the east end of the north side that would hold some fish. There is a "No Fishing" zone near the mouth of the creek including the creek itself. The Strawberry Creek hatchery has captured 218 kings as of oct 3. I find no data on release numbers from Stawberry only capture data. People used to troll there as well but check the regs for how far away you need to stay from the creek.
Finally, I don't argue the point that returns are down from past history, It's not the 80's any more and they are not stocking Millions of fish anymore but this years fish appear to be bigger than what I have seen in the last 5-7 years. 25 pound Kings and 10 pound Ho's are coming back. You will have to work for them, limits are limited to a lucky few.
Here comes the bashing for giving out a spot, Oh well, I am and old fisherman who wants others to carry on where I left off and someone shared the spot with me. So I am paying it forward. Wisconsin also has a "Places to Fish" web page as well.
Finding your spot is an adventure, good luck, don't let others stop you, America is free, where you live is irrelevant.
Hey MuskieKid great job! Thanks for posting the pic. It would appear that these are planted fish most likely returning to their point of origin. Will be interesting to see the data on how many naturals are harvested from the WI rivers this year. No doubt the fishery is changing, but I am not ready to say for the worse just yet.