††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lake Puckaway Northern Pike Tagging Project

 

On Sunday April 6, 2014, staff from the DNR put in radio tags in 20 Northern. They tagged 9 males and 11 females. The largest female was 35.8Ē and the largest male was 27.4Ē. The average length was 28.49Ē for all the northerns

The fish were netted North of Marquette and released in the approximate same location.

 

The radio tags and monitoring device was purchased by the Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District for the purpose of monitoring the movement of the northerns within and out of the lake. These tags will transmit for about 2 years.

 

We ask that if you catch a northern that has a metal wire (antenna) protruding from its belly, to release the fish in good condition and let someone from the Lake District know that you caught one and where you released it.

Should you want to keep the fish or the fish isnít healthy enough to return to the lake please return the tag to the Lake District (Paul Gettelman 608 792 8489 or the number on the radio tag). Thank you for your assistance.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Attention Sportsman

As part of a DNR Grant that the Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District has received, a Carp Study was initiated in November 2011 with collection of length, weight, sex and stage maturity, and age data from carp captured in the rough fish removal operations, and with the surgical implanting of sonic tags in 19 adult carp. The data will eventually allow DNR fisheries staff to estimate age composition, and growth and mortality rates of carp in Lake Puckaway. The sonic tags last 10 years and will help the DNR monitor the movement of the carp within Lake Puckaway and the Fox River System ultimately defining the stock range of carp in Lake Puckaway. This is a unique Carp Study, few others if any like this being done in the country, and is extremely important for increasing our understanding of carp population dynamics in Lake Puckaway which in turn will provide better insight into long-term management options. The sonic tag is implanted into the belly of the fish.

 

Floy tags have been put in the area of the dorsal fin for easy identification of the carp with a sonic tag. These floy tags donít have any numbers or information on them, but show this fish has a sonic tag inside of it. If you have the opportunity to see one of these fish in the lake or river, please leave them alone and donít remove them from the system. If you should find one of these fish dead, please pick it up and contact the LPPRD or Dave Bartz, Fish Biologist, DNR at 920-787-3016 for them to pick up. The sonic tags are good for 10 years and they would be able to install it in another Carp.

Thank you for your cooperation, LPPRD & WDNR.