FIRST PROGRESS REPORT - RECEIVED ON AUGUST 4, 2005 -
UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE DNR STUDY......
We used mark-recapture methods to estimate an adult population of 154 walleyes (0.8 per acre), 544 largemouth bass (2.9 per acre) and 1569 smallmouth bass (8.2 per acre). The walleyes were mostly 18-20 inches (males) or 22-24 inches (females). Most of the bass were 8 to 14 inches, but we saw a few out to about 20 inches. We saw a low to moderate number of northern pike. We handled 3 adult muskies (all were males from 42 to 44 inches in length) and a large number of juvenile muskies (Mildred was stocked with 190 12-inch muskies by the Musky Club Alliance of Wisconsin last fall). I don't have panfish results at my fingertips, but the catch rates were fairly low (except for crappies).
We plan to be out for one night of mini-fyke netting between mid-August and early September. These are small versions of the nets we use in spring and they provide an index of juvenile fish and minnow species. We'll also do one night of fall shocking in September or early October, after water temperatures drop below about 70. The fall runs target young-of-year fishes and are a good index of recruitment for some species.
Fisheries Biologist - Oneida County Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 107 Sutliff Avenue Rhinelander WI 54501 715-365-8919