WDNR Fall Fingerling stocking in Pewaukee 2014

The WDNR contracted with Gollons fish farm to stock 35,000 fall fingerling walleyes in Pewaukee Lake the first week of October!

WDNR Walleye stock 2014 This is one of the bigger fall fingerlings but look at the girth of that little guy. Tell me we wont have a year class coming up the pike!

DK and Ben stocking Pewaukee

I think everyone there was nothing but smiles both days. 12,000 or so went to the west launch, 12,000 went in by the Yacht club and I believe approximately 8,000 went in by Smokie’s Muskie Shop (Lakeview Blvd boat launch).

WDNR Gallons stocking eyes at west launch 2014

 Gollon’s trucks dumped in at the west launch the first day. Same day they brought some muskies!

Then they were back the next day stocking at the Yacht club.

Gollons bringing walleyes to Pewaukee

 

A little closer up and you can see the walleyes coming out of the pipe…

Dumping in walleyes 2014

 

4 Million+ Walleye Fry are in the Lake!

The Pewaukee Chapter should be proud of their first year efforts! We successfully released 4+ Million walleye fry into the lake on Mothers day and the day after, how fitting! I did fail to bring the cigars, as they would have been fitting for the situation. The crew felt like Dads and Moms as the coolers loaded with little swimming walleye fry were siphoned to their new home.

Fry release crew Manday May 12 2014

The coolers were full and the team raced out to beat the wild weather circumstances. The fry were released by siphoning them gently to the surface of the lake where the depths were 40-45 feet. This is where they will feed on zooplankton and work their way to the bottom.

Fry release day Monday May 12 2014

The next crew followed the same deep water route and worked between the rainstorms to get the fry in the water before trying to battle another long night of filter problems and pump problems.

Maybe no cigars were being smoked but there were a lot of “high fives” and tall cans of beer that followed the stocking efforts that night!

 

The whole process leading up to this day was an incredible amount of team work and organization. From working with the Walleye’s for Tomorrow Chairman of the Board Mike Arrowood and getting the materials and parts into place, to understanding what needed to happen, to making it all happen. This group of Pewaukee Boys came together like a “band of brothers”. Call the group a bunch of hillbillys, rednecks and fishing fools, but what these guys and gals truly are is a group of people who want to improve the environment that we enjoy and are so passionate about. The groups conservation efforts, improvements to the fisheries and habitat utilizing teamwork is simply becoming contagious.

Go to the Walleye Wagon page and see the tremendous steps, obstical’s and results of this incredible conservation effort. Take the time to think and understand the effort that was made to accomplish the release of these fry, now try to see what the WDNR has to go through to try to do the same for all the lakes in Wisconsin. Think about it the next time you keep your catch and complain that the WDNR needs to stock more fish…Maybe you should “jump on the wagon” and help be part of the solution, not the problem…catch and release my friends and help give back to the waters you take from!

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I think it’s also very important to note how many kids are involved in this Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow conservation efforts. Whether you look at the Fish Sticks project or the walleye wagon pictures there is as many kids involved doing the work as adults, very cool. It all starts with the kids, teach them what we are doing and why and that my friends will make the difference in our future.

 

Congratulations to another successful project Pewaukee Chapter!

Tom Koepp – WFT Pewaukee Chapter Chair

 

The Walleye Wagon is Ready To Burst With Frye

It will be “All hands on deck” when these 4.5 million walleye eggs decide to hatch at the same time. These eggs will hatch and all the frye and eggshells will flow out of the hatchery and into our tanks. We will need to watch the flow very carefully 24/7 and make sure the eggshells are constantly cleaned from the filters. If not, the filters will clog and the frye will spill onto the ground. Major loss for all the hard work we’ve put in to date.

See the eggs below that have reached the “eye-up” stage.

Walleye eye-up

Since these eggs were stripped and fertilized within 2 days of each other we will probably see the hatch do the same thing. The eggs are supposed to start hatching based on rise in temperature. This temperature change are called DTU’s (Daily Temperature Units). On May 5th, 2014 we have reached 210 DTU’S. If we do the math based on the law of ratios and averages, we can expect to reach 300 DTU’s this Saturday May 10th, 2014.

Scientist Bob E We are watching pumps, flow, temperatures in and outside, checking eggs for clumping and potential fungus, removing dead eggs, cleaning filters daily to assure we have a successful hatchery in our first year of operation.

I will be putting together a spreadsheet and hanging it in the hatchery so people can write down the times they can volunteer for helping with the hatch of the frye and the cleaning of filters.

To read more about the whole process to date, go to the Walleye Wagon page on the Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow’s website.

For more information on becoming a member or Sponsor contact Tom Koepp – Pewaukee Chapter Chairman at (414) 333-9306 or email me at thkoepp@wi.rr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st “Fish Sticks” Project in SE Wisconsin

The Pewaukee Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow knocks out the first fish sticks project in SE Wisconsin. The “Woody Structures” provide critical habitat for all species of life in the food chain of a lakes ecosystem. The bottom of the logs can hold thousands of invertebrates feeding on the wood. The small fish feed on the invertebrates and the larger fish on the smaller fish. The wood provides shore protection and habitat above the water for insects, turtles, wood ducks, and birds as well.

 

Morning fish sticks crew

The morning crew move into the project area

Dragging trees to the site

Dragging trees to the site

Fish sticks crew moving first trees in

The crew places the first trees

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For more information on the latest Pewaukee Fish Sticks Project see the JS Online article below.

JS Online Fish Sticks project WFT Pewaukee Chapter

 

1st ANNUAL WFT Ice Fishery A Huge Success!!

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The First Annual Pewaukee Lake Chapter WFT Ice Fishery on February 22 at Curly’s Waterfront was a huge success. Thank You to all you locals for participating to this worth cause. All proceeds are going back into Pewaukee Lake to improve the fisheries!

Items given away in the raffles to lucky winners were a 60″ flat Screen TV, 2 Jiffy Propane power augers, a Remington .300 win mag raifle, 100 Muskie baits, A Vexilar, Booze Barreles, A Muskie Rod and Reel Combo, and dozens of baskets full of items….don’t miss this event next year. This Ice Fishery had big ticket items, not the little prizes you throw in the back of your truck and never see again.

Thanks again for all that participated! Whether you were a member working, a patron, went fishing, or came for meat raffles, you made this a success, THANK YOU and we’ll see you next year!!

PRIZES WERE AS FOLLOWS:
1st Place – 60” flat screen smart TV LED 1080
2nd Place – $500 gift certificate at Goeman’s bp rapidmart (for gas, bait, food, ECT)
3rd Place – Jiffy propane power auger

Additional items include:

• .300 Remington Win mag deer/big game rifle
• Another Jiffy Propane power auger
• A Marcum Fish camera
• Wildlife prints – Bob O’Neill senior donated some – thanks Bob Sr.

• Booze bottles – Steve Grady (2 bottles of Makers Mark), Bob O’Neill (Absolute Vodka), Dave Kawalski (Rum Chatta and wine), Jim Douglas (Captain Morgan) and Cory Mathisen with quality bottles of Bacardi and Rum chatta
• Meat raffles — we had $2,000 worth of the finest meat for the raffles. Tanja “the butcher” cut and packaged, Jody Schmitz and Jeff Schmelzer did an outstanding job (Ticket sales), Jim, Turk, Perch, Dakota, Kristine, Jerad, Jayden, and all the other members that made it happen, THANKS!!

BP Rapidmart comes up big

Special thanks to Larry Goeman, who has become the first patron-level sponsor of
the Pewaukee Chapter of WFT. His $1,000 contribution puts us near our fundraising
goal of $6,000 before we’ve even held our first event. Larry has also promised
his support as a major sponsor of the Pewaukee Chapter Fisheree, scheduled for
February 22, 2014, at Curly’s Waterfront.

Goeman’s BP Rapidmart and Uncle Larry’s Kitchen (and bait shop!) is on the corner
of Hwys SS and G. Be sure to thank Larry for his generous support of our chapter
next time you stop by and fuel up.

In other recent news, plans are continuing to develop for our other upcoming
events, particularly our fall raffle, now only a few weeks away (see sidebar for
details).

Additionally, the Walleye Wagon is looking more and more like it will soon be
rearing thousands of young Pewaukee walleyes.