I would like to promote as much good, constructive conversation as possible.
Thank you all for participating and maybe this will spur positive action(s).
Listed is the thread that kicked this topic off:
>Fishjaw - 8/13/13 All- I have received a report from a neighbor that Pelican musky fishing is significantly down, and not nearly what it once was. This comes to me on the cusp of reviving my longtime relationship with Pelican, as I have been away for a few+ years... Can anyone comment, confirm, or deny this rumor/opinion? >Toothycritter – 8/14/13 Muskie population is low no stocking between 1998-2012,last fall 3611 fingerlings were planted.Fish are still being caught rock sructure and northeast shore are best at this time of year.Bulldawgs,topwater and suicks best baits IMO.Panfish still biting well I also caught small walleyes last weekend and some bass.Toothy >Zilo85 – 8/14/13 http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/north/2011PelicanLakeOneidaComprehensive.pdf That is a 2011 survey of Pelican Lake. The Graph for musky is disturbing as you will see it shows hardly any small muskies and a big number of fish in the upper 30's to mid 40's. So hardly any natural reproduction in Pelican. I remember 15+ years ago we would go out there and it wasn't uncommon to move 10 or 12 muskies in a day and catch a couple. Now just one follow up can be hard to come by. Don't get me wrong they are obviously still out there, but there is a reason why a couple tournament trails don't go to Pelican Lake anymore. That being said, I still love this lake. >Fishjaw – 8/14/13 Thank you for the replies! I encourage more people to post on this subject (subject: musky population down?). Thanks again! >WiscoMuskys – 8/15/13 Musky population is waaaay down. Its very sad. Its not uncommon to go out for multiple days without moving a fish. something needs to be done, this lake can produce some huge fish, but its not going to have any musky if the DNR & local clubs don't help with stocking efforts. CPR! >Zilo85 – 8/15/13 A long time ago when they first stopped the stocking of musky in Pelican, I was told that the lake association was the cause of it. I don't know if that's true or bull crap but that's what i heard. Either way, how do you go about trying to get musky stocking back in place. I assume there will be a ton of hoops to jump through. I would be more than willing to donate time and money if I know there is a chance. Any suggestions? Sorry, i know this should probably be in a forum but i want people who go to Pelican Lake to see this. PM me if u want.
...open for discussion!