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6/2/18 @ 8:12 PM
Bluealumacraft41
Bluealumacraft41
USER since 3/19/15

any fish planting’s or crib droppings   by any group or association must be approved and reviewed by dnr. The dnr then adjust the allowance of what can be put in each year . Dnr does not pay for planting the group or association does but the dnr controls what goes into each lake. 

Facts^

If illegal fish cribs or fish planting’s is occurring one simple call to county dnr will solve the issue


Edited on 6/2/18 8:14 PM
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6/2/18 @ 8:09 PM
walleyechaser2
walleyechaser2
USER since 2/22/09

she lives on pineridge rd on boot lake. if your ever up here send me a message and i'll show you were she lives

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6/2/18 @ 12:57 PM
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Jared
Jared
USER since 7/22/01

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Waning Gibbous

Walleyechaser,

Do you have contract info for Laura?

Does she have/run the webcam?

I've tried emailing through the site multiple times to no avail.

Please PM me.

Thanks.

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5/22/18 @ 4:55 PM
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Hardwater Freaks
Hardwater Freaks
USER since 1/21/16

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Exactly my point...Organizations that are not funded my the DNR don’t have to publicly display what was planted. Just like how there’s 13 cribs I’ve found in the lake and only 7 or so of them are the same and planted by the lake association.  The rest are homeowners “customs” setups to include one that seems to have 100 Christmas trees (exaggeration)!!!

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5/22/18 @ 3:24 PM
walleyechaser2
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USER since 2/22/09

Laura Larson is the head of the boot lake association. she lives on the lake. and yes they did plant 200 muskies last fall. I guess a muskie club planted them.

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5/22/18 @ 12:13 PM
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Hardwater Freaks
Hardwater Freaks
USER since 1/21/16

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I fish boot lake several times a year through the ice and several times open water. Panfish are abundant, but I have never caught a walleye as I never target them. During ice season however I’ve seen several nice walleyes and musky in camera. They’re there, just not in the mass amounts. I do great on panfish all year but will never run my mouth as to how and where online. 

Additionally I will say this. The Dnr does not public post all of their stocking. This is a fact and I’ve seen it in two separate events of the Dnr pouring thousands of walleyes into a lake and never once is it on their site, and one where they stocked thousands of trout and never once marketed it online. Also I’ve been on the ice when the Dnr has dragged 13 total cribs onto the lake for spring thaw and they sink. Go online, nowhere to be found which is fine thank god lol. 

A note to remember when fishing: Just because you don’t catch a fish, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. 

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5/22/18 @ 11:03 AM
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HFS
HFS
USER since 5/12/17

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Muskies and other gamefish are not the problem with the Boot lake walleye population. It's habitat and fisherman harvest that has lead to the decline in walleye numbers.

Here's a prime example- I fish Green Bay extensively for muskie all summer long and i see the same two retired guys in a red Lund walleye fishing. They have their limit almost every time we cross paths but on the odd occasion they don't have their 10 fish they proceed to blame either the muskie or pike out there? These two fools probably keep a couple hundred fish each a year and seem to think the problem lies elsewhere. The great depression is over my friends you don't need to live off the land. That is where Muskie/Bass fisherman differ from walleye guys and I love walleye fishing myself. Walleye fisherman Catch, cook and repeat. Bass/Muskie Catch, release and repeat. Big difference in mentalities. 

For what it's worth if they took a couple of test lakes and made them catch and release only you would see the walleye population come back. And just maybe then the average bar stool biologist would finally see that the problem is with the angler harvest and not the muskie/pike population. 

How can the best lakes in Canada for both Muskie and Pike also have world class walleye populations? By some of the beliefs i see and hear there shouldn't even be rocks left on the bottom because the blasted pike/muskie should have eaten all of those too.


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5/22/18 @ 10:40 AM
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USER since 5/30/12

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Waxing Gibbous

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/reports/OcontoBoot2016CompSurvey.pdf

Page 5, second bullet point discusses musky stocking.

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5/22/18 @ 10:11 AM
pulaski cakes
pulaski cakes
USER since 4/10/16

Jared not sure where chaser2 is getting info last time dnr stocked muskies in boot was 1990 500 large fingerlings average length of 12 inches. This info is from dnr website. They have been stocking walleye on a regular basis 2350 large fingerlings in 2017 2302 large in 2015 large meaning 3 inches. 8225 small fingerlings in 2012 1.5 inches.i also have been fishing boot for over 45 years there has always been a healthy population of Muskie in this lake but boot has changed just like a lot of the lakes in the area have. Every body seems to have forgot the impact the rusty crayfish have had on these lakes. All of the beautiful cabbage weed beds these lakes had are mostly gone due to the Rusty’s ! Plus these lakes are getting fished harder than ever before go back a few posts to where the Gentelman was commenting to how everybody used to have no problem getting their limits. These lakes can’t take that kind of pressure year after year and sustain their populations of the past!! Advice to all don’t blame the fish or the dnr look in the mirror the solution to a lot of these lakes problems start right there! To all tight lines and good fun!

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5/22/18 @ 9:47 AM
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Jared, catch and release musky club will be stocking musky in Boot until 2024.  Then the dnr will assess the results and determine if the state will take it over. I’m not sure when they stock.  Hopefully they do well.

Walleyes are doing just fine in Archibald, walleye fishing has actually been getting better.  

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