I just don't understand why we had both great fishing and great duck hunting 15+ years ago here, but we can't have the same now without making all these changes to the marsh..?
Used to be good for multi specie trips, very respectfull gills, bucket mouths, pike, and numbers of channel meows, brings back a good 15 year ago stretch , informative posts,,within reason.
It’s not that they unintentionally kill the fish. It’s that the fish aren’t a concern to a marsh habitat that’s is maintained for the sake of waterfowlers and migratory birds in mind. The refuge has this happen on and off over the years. The water is only so deep, so the fish can only get so big. One super cold winter (like we had) can kill everything. Don’t forget the length of our cold spell this year at those ridiculous cold temps was the first in a few years like that. Those fish didn’t stand a chance with that. It happens up north quite a bit to shallow lakes every year. It is what it is and the Dnr won’t care as the intention of that pond has nothing to do with fish
So they unintentionally killed the fish at Benson. Doesn't really explain the Frog Alley refuge though. Water levels appear to be normal there, but I haven't checked the area south of the parking lot.
Benson discharge from marsh to river is 100% wide open at the tube gate. So wide that there isn’t any water even coming out leaving the marsh above almost dry with all fish dead. They usually do this right when they about to burn or in the coming weeks to a burn. They also do this to kill off cattails that seemingly get out of hand. That’s fact. They did the same thing to paradise valley the last 2 years. It has nothing to do with fish most times. Vernon actually has only done the kill in regards to fish very few times almost always due to excessive cattails.
519vx - and you saying adamantly that it was due to winterkill based on your own assumption is no different.
Government bureaucracies often operate without transparency. They may just deny it anyways if we did contact them.
As I said, they have done this before not too long ago and posted signs warning anglers.
People were undoubtedly upset last time, who knows?
If it's the best way to control carp (and possibly improve habitat for waterfowl?) then so be it I guess...
BigBB - yes, both Benson and Frog Alley in the same year. What made you post that it was the DNR that killed the fish? Did you talk to someone from the DNR or did you just make an assumption? Stating the DNR killed the fish without being able to substantiate it is indeed spreading misinformation.
519vx - Winterkill at both Benson Rd and Frog Alley in the same year? These bodies are isolated from each other.
Possible but unlikely...
Unless it was due to intentional drawdown of the water levels. The Benson side was extremely low this past winter.
They did kill off the marsh a few years ago and posted signs stating so.
Don't assume that what I posted is "misinformation"...
Yes not manyknew of it. But there’s other areas if willing to wak
The good old days. If anyone fished this from 2003-2008 or somewhere in that era you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. So many amazing memories. Message me. Let's share stories because I have plenty. This was one of the premier fisheries in SE Wisconsin in my opinion. And, not many knew about it.