Re-stablish Walleyes in Okauchee Lake, WI
Thx so much Nihsif. I was a momma's boy for 45 yrs.
Update: I spent the last 90 minutes at the launch area and sold 12 T-shirts that puts us around $900 dollars or 450 walleyes. I left after the mosquito bites were fast & furious. Would like to get to 4000 walleyes so about 3,550 more walleyes to go. Will be at launch 9am sat & sun for a few hrs each day. Thx, Shawn
Consider this...lakers are not native to the lake. Lakers eat a ton. If you want a cisco base to remain in the lake to produce those big muskies and ultimately big walleyes, well, then you should consider not putting lakers in.
If you can get the walleyes in, just wait a few years and see how they take off and what impact that has on the ciscos. If there are still a lot present, then consider lakers.
I am looking into the permitting portion of the proposed net pen idea. I don’t believe there is a permitting process for this on inland lakes, bu there is for the great lakes. I will let you know what I find out.
FYI-walleye are very finicky and they do not accept dry feed easily. I would suspect you would need to acclimate them to local plankton sources and supplement feed them 10/64 grade fathead minnows which in the end would cost a lot. Loading densities would have to be drastically lower than what you may observe with salmonid net pen rearing operations. Interesting concept, but a lot of planning would need to go into such an effort. I don’t believe you will have time to get it done prior to this June, but it doesn’t hurt to talk about and research.
If the stocking of lake trout was supported by our trout team we could consider pursuing it. I will send an email to the team to see what they have to say. If we find the trout team supports the idea, we will need to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to get lake trout stocked, as it would be a new introduction. Again, this project will take some time to gather information, produce documentation and gain proper approvals.
Good ideas, thank you.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Next update: seeing if we can institute a NET PEN PROJECT for walleyes. Waiting for response from DNR. Also, brought up getting some Lakers stocked as well.
See link above to learn more about. They are doing it now for salmon in Michigan.