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Fishing WisconsinMuskellunge management team

Wisconsin's Muskellunge Management Team (WMMT) is a standing team of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries. Its members include state Fisheries Biologists, with representatives from Wisconsin's major muskellunge fishing organizations.

Emblem of Musky Management Team

The "Musky Committee" was active in the late 1970s, when the first contemporary management plan was developed. During the late 1980s, a small group of biologists led a successful effort to increase the minimum length limits on several individual water bodies. In the early 1990s, the committee was reformed to address lingering concerns regarding harvest and size-structure of muskellunge. That effort resulted in an increase in the minimum length limit to 34" statewide. In the mid-1990s, the committee updated the muskellunge management plan and addressed specific issues related to the propagation and stocking of muskellunge.

Current members || Charge || Recent meeting notes || Management plans and reports || Partners and cooperators || Research

Musky Management Team current members

Team Sponsor: Mike Vogelsang, District Fisheries Supervisor, Woodruff

Team Leader: Tim Simonson, Fisheries Biologist, Bureau of Fisheries Management, Madison

Team Members:
Steve Hogler, Fisheries biologist, Green Bay
David Rowe, Fisheries supervisor, Fitchburg
Greg Matzke, Fisheries biologist, Florence
Aaron Cole, Fisheries biologist, Barron
Tim Parks, Research scientist, Spooner
Jordan Weeks, Fisheries biologist, La Crosse
Gene Hatzenbeler, Treaty Unit, Spooner
Neal Rosenberg, Hatchery Group Leader, Spooner
Mark Luehring, Fisheries biologist, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odana


Dr. Dan Isermann, Wisconsin Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Dr. Justin VanDeHey, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Dr. Janice Kerns, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Bob Munsen, Chuck Brod (alternate) - Muskellunge Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin
Tom Penniston, Greg Wells (alternate) - Wisconsin Chapters of Muskies, Inc.
Joe Weiss - WI Conservation Congress, Washburn County
Roger Sabota - WI Conservation Congress, Oneida County

Photo of a muskellunge.

Wisconsin's State Fish - the muskellunge.

Muskellunge Team charge

Implement Wisconsin’s Muskellunge Management Plan and coordinate muskellunge management statewide. Specific assignments are:
  1. Develop/review regulation guidance and proposals,
  2. Develop/review stocking guidance and stocking plans,
  3. Develop/review assessment metrics and sampling protocol,
  4. Develop/review habitat management guidance,
  5. Review/update management plan; assess status of fishery,
  6. Identify research needs; coordinate statewide evaluations,
  7. Maintain/update musky water classifications.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Simonson, Fisheries biologist
(608) 267-7498

Last revised: Thursday April 07 2016