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Restoring spotted musky to Lake Michigan

  • ##These spotted musky raised at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery and stocked in September into Green Bay tributaries and three inland lakes are part of longstanding DNR efforts to restore a self-sustaining population of this species to Lake Michigan. The three inland lakes receiving fish will serve as the source of brood stock in future years. DNR will tentatively spawn fish from those lakes starting in 2019. Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Each fish going into the brood lakes receives a tag the size of a grain of rice to help DNR identify individual fish and their parentage. This helps DNR maintain genetic diversity when they are choosing fish to spawn. Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Photo by Ed Culhane
  • ##Past stockings by DNR in conjunction with local musky clubs and the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin have helped create a popular sport fishery in Green Bay for Great Lakes spotted musky. Now, these efforts to diversify the genetic stock of the fish seek to achieve the ultimate goal of creating a self-sustaining spotted muskellunge population.Photo by Ed Culhane

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Last Revised: Tuesday September 5 2017