Re-stablish Walleyes in Okauchee Lake, WI
Great news, a 10 per acre large fingerling walleye quota has been approved for Okauchee in 2018.
Thanks for your support, have a great weekend!
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Eagle Wisconsin, 53119
I applaud your efforts, second the comment about getting your lake association on board. I hope that 10,000 extended fingerling you mentioned for 2018 is a fact and has already been approved. Has Ben H chimed in on fish cribs? I can't see these doing any good on Okauchee with ice fisherman.
The thought process that went into stocking northern pike into Pewaukee was this...
1) Pike will give the ice fisherman another species to legally target.
2) Pike will eat the smaller gills/panfish in the weeds and hopefully lead to increased size in said panfish.
I'm about as anti-pike as you can get. But, on these two counts I have to say the DNR succeeded.
Here's what they didn't count on...pike reproduced like crazy in 07 and 08 in the floods. Add those years along with the stocking and now you have good sized pike in Pewaukee.
I still think that you are trying to turn Okauchee into something that it isn't anymore. But, I applaud the effort. Just remember, you put them in, the DNR will manage them. You won't get a 15 inch size limit. 18 is realistic. Just like Pewaukee.
So I have to admit Pewaukee has done an awesome job re-establishing walleyes the last few yrs. I do have a question for the DNR however. They told me Okauchee has way to many hammer handle pike right now which has hurt the walleyes and we are trying to add a slot to remove some smaller pike. So why would Pewaukee stock northern pike the last 3 yrs along with the walleye. Once those northern grow they are going to eat those walleyes?
Ok guys, some of you are telling me if I want walleyes I can go to Lac La Belle and catch all I want, or drive to Winnebago (3 hrs roundtrip, so much for a spur of the moment quick get a way.). Or fish Pine, Ocon, Nags, Pewaukee. Well, I have fished them all and I don't see too many Walleyes over 18 caught and kept (except Pewaukee ice fishing - not by me, I don't ice fish Pewaukee). Yeah, you get 1 here and there. La Belle, forget about it, (1 over 28).
Plus you are paying a $10 launch fee or so, EVERY single time you fish. Let that sink in.
Okauchee is a FREE launch. It was not included in the 3 over 18 inch regulations. Lets make it a destination to actually be able to keep some fish (over 15). Take 2 of your yearly launch fees from a different lake & donate to the Walleye Fund each yr (1 t-shirt) and we will have what most of us want. A local walleye fish fry. Lets make it happen.
Who Is Bill Binkelman?
Of Binkelman, Ron Lindner once wrote, "If Perry fired the first shot in the modern angling revolution, Bill Binkelman was its relentless Paul Revere, and together with Carl Lowrance, they changed the ways that people fished."
The lake over the yrs has benefited the Largemouth & the stunted Northern Pike for sure, but that is because NO ONE has managed the Okauchee fishery for decades. I agree that it will take some work. If we were allowed to harvest small pike, add fish cribs & sticks and improve some spawning areas, then things would improve greatly. If we could place a barrier on the dam, then it would be GAME ON. (Don't worry musky guys, they could divide that up between lakes based on size).
I want someone, anyone, to tell me or name ONE thing that has been done to improve Okauchee Lake fishing in the past 50 yrs? Walleye were caught routinely back in the day, but the DNR stopped stocking for 15 yrs (1999-2014).
And Nihsif, this sentence from Ben doesn't sound like he disagrees with me "Good Morning Shawn, I am in the process of submitting a stocking quota for large fingerling walleyes on Okauchee Lake in 2018. I am not certain the stocking quota will be approved as funding is tight, so we will have to keep our fingers crossed."
Pewaukee has received 36,000 of extended length walleyes 2 of the last 3 yrs, + frye from the DNR, plus all that Walleyes for Tomorrow has done and they have not shown any natural reproduction. But there are plenty of fish to catch already. The same goes with Lac La Belle, Ocon, Nagawicka, the Nemahbins. etc. At least, if you stock Okauchee then it will benefit surrounding lakes and hopefully a few stay in Okauchee. I see the main way of getting to the holy grail of "natural reproduction" is through improving spawning habitat. The draw to me is that Okauchee will be able to produce Monsters (which the past has proven) vs the other lakes around. If everyone that fishes Okauchee (a free launch) would donate $1/month for the next 5 yrs (or buy 1 T-shirt a yr), I trully believe that we would reach our goal.
not a big fan of Ben H., but he may be correct here... no offense, but I did go thru the whole history of Okauchee in this thread a while back, and it was shown that this impoundment isn't suited to natural walleye production, same for muskies... so, unless the lake association votes to pay for annual stockings in addition to any the DNR may do... it's an attempt to force something that just doesn't fit the environment ??
that being said, I really do appreciate your desires and goals