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Chitown-Angler

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Post Posted: 10:30am - Apr 10,18 
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Anyone fishing the Detroit river this weekend and want to exchange info? I have a group of 6 guys in 2 boats heading out Thursday

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Post Posted: 11:41am - Apr 10,18 
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Follow the crowds. MWC tournament Friday and Saturday. Also tons of regular fisherman. We are headed out Sunday. Everyone typically is tight lipped because of the tournament. I haven't heard much but the last picture showed the lake and river dirty. Might be a tough bite if it doesn't clean up. If I hear anything I'll let you know.

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Post Posted: 02:20pm - Apr 11,18 
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Get out early. All the launch parking lots fill up during the MWC.

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Post Posted: 03:52pm - Apr 11,18 
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Saw a report and pictures from 4/10, 3 man limit upper river 35-40 fow. Blue Ice with antifreeze jigs. A couple of bigger ones but most eaters 2-5lbs.

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Post Posted: 08:46am - Apr 16,18 
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Our group postponed our trip till next week. Leaving the 22nd of April.
KrazyKarl did you guys make it out? How was it?

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Post Posted: 04:02pm - Apr 16,18 
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Update with Report: Well Friday was a nice day to fish. We started off trolling a reef on lake Erie a couple of miles out from the river mouth on the Canadian border in the morning. Picked up a muskie within 10 minutes of starting. Then we couldnt keep the smallmouth off our lines. Decided to hit some spots on the river. We picked away at them throughout the day and think we ended up at 18. All males. We trolled again in the evening and picked up an eye and then a smallie literally every 5 minutes. Another boat fishing in our group got a 24in eye which was the biggest of the trip. Saturday the weather was lousy. They limited the MWC to the river and the weights clearly showed it. We got a later start since it was down pouring in the morning. We got to Erie Metro to find all of the docks under water and maybe 3 trailers in the lot. We launched and headed to Grassy Island, where we had the most action on Friday. 32fow was the ticket. We got our 4 man limit in just under 3 hours and headed in. We jigged 1oz jigs and oil slick wyandotte was hot for me. White was another good color. You had to have the cadence down. I think I caught 11 Saturday while a couple of my buddies only got 3. Bouncing the jigs right off the bottom tipped with an emerald shiner. I dont think we caught a single female this weekend. Maybe 1? All males that were spewing milk. Driving home yesterday sucked. Water clarity was good while we were there but heard its complete mud now. The trenton channel was busy. A good amount of tourney guys were in there on Saturday. We made a couple of passes in there but nothing for us. Fun trip.

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Post Posted: 08:07pm - Apr 16,18 
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Thanks

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Post Posted: 06:36am - Apr 23,18 
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New walleye ‘18-&-3’ opens in 6 southeastern Wisconsin counties May 5
April 23, 2018 Natalie Beacom
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Milwaukee — Rate of return is a common consideration for financial investments, but it’s also important when managing the state’s fishery and that’s the main reason for tighter walleye size and bag limits in seven southeastern Wisconsin counties, according to Wisconsin DNR.

The DNR – with angler support – bumped the state’s standard walleye defaults of the minimum size limit from 15 inches and a daily bag limit of five fish to an 18-inch size length and bag limit of three.

The new size and bag limits apply to walleyes, saugers and hybrids in Wisconsin’s southeastern counties of Kenosha, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha beginning on the Saturday, May 5 opener.

Angling pressure and high harvest rates have had an effect on the abundance and quality of walleyes in southeastern Wisconsin. Those two factors are key components impacting regulatory changes for this upcoming season, but also a factor, according to Wisconsin DNR North Region Fishery Supervisor Laura Stremick-Thompson, are the stocking numbers.

“The department has directed funds for stocking walleyes in these lakes with concentration on large fingerlings to be stocked in the fall,” she said.

Stremick-Thompson has worked for the DNR for two decades. She has seen first-hand the high quality of fish produced by the DNR’s fish hatcheries and she stressed the need to maximize the investment from stocking efforts to yield better quality and larger walleyes. June will see a release of small walleye fingerlings in southeastern lakes.

Growth in the natural reproduction cycle of walleye populations, while a benefit of the new regulation, will give fish more time in the system but is not the primary goal, according to Stremick-Thompson. Sustaining stocked walleye populations is the primary management objective throughout the state. Lakes within Stremick-Thompson’s coverage area are monitored closely to understand the changes in each unique system.

“Each lake can be different in their character, productivity, forage type, types of fish and goals for those fish,” she said.

Developing a plan for formulating regulatory change involves statewide species teams working closely with regional fish biologists. This collective research is shared, creating what Stremick-Thompson termed a “toolbox” of resources, guidelines and standard results to make decisions to benefit the fishery and the interests of anglers pursuing consumptive or trophy fishing.

There appears to be broad citizen support for the new “18-and-3” across the state. In review of the county-by-county Conservation Congress’s 2017 votes on this topic (Question No. 22), close to 65 percent of respondents from Kenosha, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha Counties supported the new size and bag limits.

Moving forward, Stremick-Thompson is aware of the complexity of the regulations and noted from a research perspective that it may take the life span of one generation of the species to collect data and verify the impacts on this management change.

While no immediate impacts to the walleye fishery are anticipated for these counties, walleyes will continue to grow and thrive with an anticipated rate of return being a higher quality, more abundant walleye fishery in southeastern Wisconsin.

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