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FISHERMAN'S ROAD FISHING CLUB
WALLEYE TOURNAMENT
JUNE 1, 2024 - 5am to Noon

Entry Deadline: May 29th, 2024

Contact: Chris Hartwig at 715-321-4811

Final sign-up and rules meeting Wednesday, May 29th at 6pm at the Fisherman's Road Fishing Club

2024 Fisherman's Road Scholarship Winners

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Hunter Sabel
$500 Scholarship Winner

A well-rounded student with a great personality, big heart, sense of humor coupled with a great work ethic. Despite injuries to set him back he has a determination to succeed. He's proud of his academic accomplishments.

A diligent individual that worked hard at providing good leadership skills to better all individuals. His genuine commitment to excellence and positive influence will be key towards achieving a career in the Natural Resources Field.

 

College Acceptance: UW Stevens Point

Major: Wildlife Management/Conservation

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Evan Casper
$500 Scholarship Winner

Evan has been able to maintain a GPA of 3.7. Coupled with a tremendous work ethic, great personality, the student and person that can always be counted on. A genuine heart for all with excellent communication skills towards achieving his goals. A team leader that works well with others to make a difference in the world.

College Acceptance: UW Stevens Point

Major: Hydrology

3 Ways to Obtain Your Boat Sticker

Attention Existing and New Members of FRFC

There are three ways to obtain your boat launch trailer decals.

  1. Available at Pike Express

  2. Attend a monthly meeting

  3. Send a self addressed stamped envelope along with your $25 membership fee to:

      Fisherman's Road Fishing Club​

      Fond du lac, WI 54936

Winnebago Alliance Meeting

Lake Winnebago 2022 Trawling Results

It would appear the 2022 walleye spawn is the 3rd highest recorded since trawling started in 1985. An average spawn results of 5-7 Young of the Year (YOY} are captured each time the trawl net is pulled. This years average was 17.4. Trout perch, a 4” forage species was an all time high population. There were possibly 3 Gizzard Shad hatches. Yellow Perch YDY numbers are extremely high as well.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

2023 Lake Winnebago Bottom Trawling Assessment Report

Waterbody Code 131100

Angelo Cozzola, DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist, Dec. 20, 2023

The Lake Winnebago bottom trawl survey is one of the most insightful fisheries assessments on the system. The survey, in its modern capacity, dates back to 1986, providing a lengthy time series of catch data for comparison over the years. This allows readers to compare species abundance of the past and present, as well as the outlook for future years through the comparison of annual year class strengths. The main objectives of this report include the assessment of year class strength for gamefish, non-gamefish and panfish species, relative abundance of forge fish species, and general population trends of adult gamefish and non-gamefish species. The 2023 trawl survey was completed utilizing a team of fisheries management and operations staff as well as our typical volunteer assistance. We had 33 different volunteers out on the RV Calumet this year. Volunteers throughout the surrounding area continue to be a major asset to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Oshkosh fisheries crew in the completion of this survey.

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The Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessment has been conducted with the same standardized method for the last 38 years. This involves a total of 138 net pulls split up into three sampling events. We conduct 46 net pulls during the first week of August, September and October. An average day on the trawl consists of 10-12 net pulls (about 8 hours on the boat). The 27-foot-wide trawl net is deployed behind the boat and pulled along the bottom of the lake at 4 miles per hour (mph) for 5 minutes. When the net is pulled in, the fish are emptied onto the counting table, and the trawling crew counts the fish and separates the gamefish and panfish into a holding tank where they get measured and released. The long-term data set from the survey allows for the comparison of year class strength and adult fish relative abundance over the past 37 years, giving fisheries managers and interested anglers insight on the status of the Winnebago fishery.

Walleye Sonic Tags in 2021

74 Walleyes had 3 year sonic transmitters surgically implanted. In addition, 25 sonic recievers were placed in Lake Winnebago. Walleye’s for Tommorrow is paying a $100 reward for notification by anglers catching a sonic tagged walleye. So far 24 have been caught. 8 were kept and the recievers returned to the DNR. There are 2 years of life left on these and they will be implanted in walleye on the upper Fox River to monitor their movement. The reward program will run for the 3 year life of the tags.

Letter from the Winnebago System Gamefish Biologist

The fisheries management team covering the Winnebago System will be conducting a fish passage study this spring. Fish will be netted and given a PIT tag, a small pill shaped object (photo 1), that will give the fish a unique ID number. The netting location and date, species, size, and sex of the fish is linked with the unique ID number. Fish can be scanned for a PIT tag with a handheld reader as well as in water arrays that will log fish detections over time in a stationary location. By strategically placing our PIT tag detecting arrays we can document fish movement over time, giving us insight on fish habitat use, seasonal movement trends, and potentially identify areas that may restrict fish passage.

Our spring project of 2023 will be focused on the Fond Du Lac River as well as Van Dyne Creek. There will be netting locations in Supple Marsh, the mouth of the Fond Du Lac River, below and above the Eldorado Marsh dam, and the mouth of Van Dyne Creek. Below is a map displaying netting locations and PIT array locations (figure 1 & 2). There are two types of arrays we install, submersible disc arrays (photo 2 & 3) and Litz cord arrays (photo 4). The arrays will be installed prior to netting efforts likely in mid-March and will be monitored weekly to bi-weekly until they are removed around the end of June. The submersible disc arrays are completely submerged in the stream and anchored to the sediment. The Litz cord arrays run the entire length of the stream and also have a out of water portion consisting of a green utility box and its associated cord.

This project will provide resource managers with information on how Winnebago System fish utilize these areas. It you have any questions on our 2023 project please give me a call at the number below.

Sincerely,
Angelo Cozzola

Winnebago System Gamefish Biologist
Fisheries Management Bureau/Division of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

(920) 410-9170, angelo.cozzola@wisconsin.gov

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