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DanaM

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Where did the fish Go?
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:39:23 AM »

I spend lots of time ice fishing LBDN north of Gladstone total count of legal walleyes this winter for myself is one barely legal fish. Four if I count those I fish with. Perch fishing is also not very good. I moved back to the area in 2013 and the fishing has gotten worse every year since. I talk to people while on the ice and they all say the same thing, especially those targeting walleye. Talked to two groups this week that rented campers and came to catch a legendary big LBDN walleye end result no fish...NOT ONE! Who thinks they will come back and spend their money? I have also talked to DNR officers and they tell me pretty much the same thing low to non existent catch rates. What happened to the fishery? I haven't bought a hunting license in 2 years due to nothing to hunt is fishing next. Time for the DNR to get their act together, they spent how much money on a sting operation for illegal tribal fishing and managed to get a few misdemeanors WOW! So where is the problem? Gobies, Zebra Mussels, Quaga, Tribal Netting, not enough fish planted? Someone please enlighten me.
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 07:49:58 AM »

The 'Fishing for Funds' investigation is still ongoing, it is FEDERAL funded and run, no State money.
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 07:51:29 AM »

Did not know that thank you for the info.
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DanaM

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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 02:45:16 PM »

104 views and all I hear is Crickets.....
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 03:53:19 PM »

Looks like you answered your own question at the end of your post.  I would say that tribal netting has played the biggest role in the decline.  Also, what is the status of the baitfish?  I too try to hold the DNR accountable when I can, but in this situation I don't think they are to blame.
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 06:04:48 PM »

Listen to the Out Spoken sportsman Radio shoe tommoro morning 600am Escanaba and they stream radio results network you may have some answers.
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DanaM

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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2017, 05:43:25 AM »

I listen when I can, and I know they were talking about having an expose on the issue. I will have to take a radio with me fishing today. Thanks for the update.
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 03:07:56 PM »

The outspoken sportsman Radio show will have it next Saturday 600am and they do streaming they will have Jerry Peterson on he is retired DNR fisheries biologist. I am sure it will be very enlightening. 9am it starts, I was told it was today but they announced next sat
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 05:19:14 AM »

Thanks
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2017, 12:55:40 PM »

Is it taped.  Would love to hear it. 
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Re: Where did the fish Go?
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2017, 02:45:45 PM »

AM 600 and I believe its streamed on the internet
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