Its been a few years, but when the good cell phone cameras came out, I shot a videotape of some violations and sent it by email to the DNR. It was on this lake. The a holes got fined. I finally got irritated enough to do it again last night. A tiny, slow, no wake lake in Waukesha county, Some guy who knew better was flying around in his pontoon boat pulling the grandkids. I’m all for having fun with the grand kids, but he knew the rules on that lake. It’s a favorite of kayak fishermen. I shot two vids of him on separate occasions and just sent to the warden. Some of these rich guys think the rules just don’t apply to them like the rest of us schmucks
Fish 24 7, I have a place on this lake and fish it fairly often out of my kayak, and yeah, the "ski team" has done this to me many many times. Ive been swamped, almost hit, lines cut off, heck, I had one moron yell to me that I wasn't allowed to fish..... all during no wake hours. last year I had a skier suck up my line while fishing off my dock. It's a real problem.
MOON PHASE (16%)
I've been fishing many many years and I have to say that some of these people that live on the lake are the rudest people I have ever come across in 40 years of fishing. Me and my 11 year old son were fishing shorelines for gills on Saturday and we each had our kayaks swamped twice by waterskiers coming within 20 feet of us. And that was before 10 in the morning. It was almost like they were aiming for us. As for fishing we caught one keeper gill for every 15 caught.
MOON PHASE (97%)
6° - 10° F
Below 40° F
Out today 12-4:30pm. 5 flags, 3 largemouth, 1 monster bullhead, 38-40ish" pike spooled my buddy before he broke off. Bunch of dink gills, 1 keeper gill 9.5-10".
MOON PHASE (92%)
36° - 40° F
Went out yesterday 1-5:30 pm. Only one flag went up. Small snake. Shoreline was starting to open up and ice varied from 5-8" Don't think after this warm week that you will be able to safely fish this lake. Spring was also opened up all the way to the shoreline.
Agreed, same thing happened to the pike fishery 10-12 years ago. Too many 2-fish limits of legal pike were taken out on a regular basis and it took 5+ years to recover where there were a decent number of legal northerns again. I wouldn't mind seeing some type of slot limit, or CPR only for pike for a few years. At minimum, lower the bag limit on pike to 1 fish. That would help with the smaller panfish situation as well. More predators would be a good thing, as well as a lower bag limit on panfish. Beyond our scope of influence, but it's nice to hope. I live and fish in SW FL now, but I still monitor my old haunts up north and would like to see them be healthy for future generations.
Yeah, I do it from time to time in the summer, It can be quite effective. Tons of 3" gills here. But I don't think that it's a stunting issue as much as there is an overharvesting issue. This lake gets absolutely pounded through the ice and in spring by "meat hoarders". If this lake were to go catch and release only or bag limits of 5 or 10 for panfish, I guarantee the size structure would bounce back in just a few years. A lot of what we thought about stunted pinfish are beginning to be disproven as new management practices are put in place. I hardly fish panfish here anymore but I am forever grateful of the seemingly endless food source for the bass and pike that I do target all summer long. But I'd love to see this lake get back to where it was when I was a kid, way bigger fish.