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May 21, 2013

Anglers will find ice off, spawn likely done, fish ready to bite

MINOCQUA, Wis. -- The northern zone musky season opens May 25 and, despite a late start, the fish are likely to be done spawning in most waters and ready to feed, state fisheries experts say.

"I think the musky will be largely done spawning by the weekend," says Steve Avelallemant, longtime Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor for northern Wisconsin. "It took a while in coming but we went pretty much from winter to summer. The water temps bounced up nicely and it was an accelerated spawn."

Avelallemant expects the musky action to be good for anglers because the fish, post-spawn, will be looking to feed and because the water temperature has warmed up and the fish are getting more active.

A 40-inch size limit is in effect statewide and applies to 94 percent of musky waters in Wisconsin. There are 41 waters that continue to have either lower size limits or higher size limits. Waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan north of Highway 10 carry a 50-inch minimum size limit. The bag limit is 1.

Check the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations for specific waters or check DNR's online regulation database to find size limits on the inland lake you plan to fish for musky.

Find where to fish for trophy musky or fast action waters, along with information on musky management in Wisconsin, by searching the DNR website for for "musky."

Musky forecasts in Wisconsin

Musky fishing forecasts in Wisconsin [PDF].

Musky Fast Facts

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Avelallemant 715-365-8987 or local fish biologists

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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