Minoqua Chain, Oneida County

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12/10/16 @ 5:23 PM
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Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
2 inches

Just came back from Stacks bay/ lake Minocqua...3 guys did walk way out today . Holes drilled all the way and I measured the first 2 at 2.5" ....5 bait shops in Vilas county had NO reports as of this morning. Checked a half dozen of our typically early lakes near Boulder and Manitowish with nobody on them yet. Checked  a 13 acre pond with 2" but didn't want to venture out yet.

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2/10/16 @ 5:40 PM
A&N Outdoors
A&N Outdoors
USER since 1/14/16
Any suggestions about good fishing areas on the minocqua chain? Coordinates would be great or just a description, any info helps. Thanks.

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1/13/16 @ 2:21 AM
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muskymantim
muskymantim
USER since 3/22/11

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waxing Crescent
i remmber in the 90,s going with my dad on hwy 51 bridge peir bye the lake veiw an catching limts some nights of nice eater walleye soaking crawlers on bottom rigs uder bride what fun that was allawys a crowd there too was goo bites till 1 2 am anyboy share them memorys!

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1/13/16 @ 1:03 AM
A5¢
A5¢
MEMBER since 6/15/09
I was thinking that they may do like Big Arb. One over and one under a certain size. I have some thoughts about where certain year class fish end up, but I don't want to start a pissin match. It's good to know that for once a plan came up that WWIII didn't break out. It has to be a nightmare to manage all of our waters for all the species that are in our lakes and rivers.

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1/12/16 @ 5:14 PM
ayeFeesh
ayeFeesh
USER since 5/17/11
The walleye ban will be great for this fishery, assuming people actually stick to it.

Poachers will always poach, the main concern would be just getting the word out so that your average fisherman knows walleye are not allowed.

As for the current population. The majority of the walleye on the chain are currently between 20-28" with very few 12-20" and then another spike in fish below 12" (likely from recent stockings). Without some sort of intervention, the walleye basically would've died of old age or been harvested without a younger age group to keep the population going.

Basically there is a gap where we're missing several year classes of fish.

As I understand it from talking with the DNR.

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1/12/16 @ 2:36 PM
springbobatwork
springbobatwork
USER since 9/11/03
But one of the big issues on the chain as I understand it, is that small fish are not maturing. It has little to do with spearing and hook and line anglers. No one is harvesting four inch walleye. Here's a story on th4e issue from the Wisconsin State Journal.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/fishing-opener-means-no-walleye-dinners-from-the-minocqua-chain/article_89e3f6db-83e9-5bcd-86e8-0bf6210653a8.html

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1/12/16 @ 2:15 PM
JPons
JPons
USER since 4/7/14
Nah, not ketch and release after the 5 years, just have to make it self sustaining. Fish shorter than 17in fit pretty well in the frying pan and fish over 26in look pretty sweet on the wall Cool If fishermen can do that and avoid spending the millions of your hard earned tax dollars on stocking, it sounds like a good idea to me anyways.

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1/12/16 @ 12:58 PM
LeekyWaders
LeekyWaders
USER since 1/16/13
After the five years are up, just do catch and release forever or until the majority of fishermen can't stand it anymore. Which would be about a day or two.

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1/12/16 @ 12:43 PM
JPons
JPons
USER since 4/7/14
Honestly I'm envious of the regulations on walleye in the Minoqua chain. To make a deal with the tribe and have them not spear for 5 years? That's great! I know hook and line guys can't harvest any either, but think about the great benefits for the fish population. Recruitment for walleye who have spawned naturally in a lake is supposed to be greater than for stocked walleye anyways & it's free compared to costly stocking!

The only thing the DNR has to do after the 5 years is up is make the regulations conducive to leaving the fish who contribute to the spawn in the lake! I think a protected slot from 17-26 inches would be perfect with a daily bag limit of 2 (1 fish can be above, 1 below the protected slot).

Sorry, hopefully I didn't just open up a huge bag of worms Lips Sealed Hope everyone is off to a safe and enjoyable ice season!

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1/12/16 @ 10:02 AM
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A5¢
A5¢
MEMBER since 6/15/09

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waxing Crescent
Went out on Stacks this weekend for a couple of hours. The crappies were liking the small white tear drop with a waxie smashed onto the hook. I did get one flag. Just my luck, it turned out to be a big fat walleye!! Back down the hole it went. It's going to be a long five years before we can keep any walleyes on this chain, but the fishing will be better when the DNR lifts the ban.

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