WDNR to Conduct Fall Fish Surveys on Lost Land and Teal

Wisconsin DNR Fishery Management Biologist Max Wolter has advised us that his crew will be conducting electrofishing surveys after dark on Lost Land Lake (Monday, September 21) and Teal Lake (Tuesday, September 22) in order to assess the 2020 survival of young walleyes and muskellunge. These surveys are part of a long-term evaluation of the efficacy of stocking extended-growth walleye fingerlings in alternate years, and also of our reliance on natural reproduction to maintain a thriving musky fishery. So don’t be alarmed if you see a strange looking boat with lots of lights and a noisy generator cruising in the shallows along your shoreline on those nights in late September.  It’s just your dedicated State employees out doing their jobs during the only time they can obtain reliable results.

Max also believes a nighttime electrofishing survey will be conducted on Ghost Lake this fall, but we have not yet heard from U.S. Forest Service Biologist Nick Berndt as to when that survey will be conducted. Nick came onboard with the Forest Service a couple years ago and is tasked with managing the numerous small lakes in northern Wisconsin that lie mostly or entirely within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (80-90% of Ghost Lake shoreline is in Federal ownership).

Max Wolter often solicits and welcomes volunteers aboard his electrofishing boat, but COVID-19 safety standards will limit crew size this year to two WDNR employees only — one driver/operator and one fish dipper. As always, bad weather could cause delays or cancellation, so stay tuned for a brief report of results after all fall surveys have been completed.

WDNR Fisheries Biologist Max Wolter (center right) prepares waterproof data tablet while WDNR Fisheries Technician Scott Braden checks out the controls prior to a nighttime electrofishing survey.