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Clean Air Month

This May, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is celebrating the state’s clean air and continued air quality improvements statewide.

“Clean Air Month is a great opportunity for Wisconsin residents and businesses to learn about our state’s air quality,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “DNR staff, along with our state’s businesses and citizens, have worked hard to improve the quality of our air, and we have significant improvements to show for it.”

The agency’s December 2016 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report [PDF] again showed positive trends toward cleaner air. Gail Good, director of the DNR Air Program, says overall, concentrations of most pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act have been decreasing over the past decade across the state. “Actions taken by Wisconsin citizens and businesses continue to support and improve the quality of our State’s clean air.”

In conjunction with Clean Air Month, the DNR annually hosts the Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest for third, fourth and fifth grade students in Wisconsin.

“This poetry contest is a great way to engage children in our Clean Air Month celebrations,” Good remarked. “Each year the department receives dozens of contest entries from students learning about air quality. The contest is an opportunity for teachers to educate children throughout the state on the importance of clean air and the voluntary actions we can all take to keep our air clean.”

Information on current and past winners of the Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest can be found by searching the DNR website for “clean air poetry contest.”

People can keep up with air quality conditions in their area by searching for “air quality notices.”

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Story behind Wis./Minn./Iowa/USFW warden shoot starts with Olympic runner & an old discarded jug

A former U.S. Olympic track runner/national rifle team coach-turned-warden found an old junk jug in Superior and declared it the traveling trophy for what he envisioned as a friendly, yet competitive, warden contest between Minnesota and Wisconsin officers.

That was 50 years ago when Basil Irwin, the late Minnesota warden, had the brainstorm – and went on to hold the first pistol shoot match between the wardens of his state and neighboring Wisconsin.

Retired Wis. DNR Warden Jim Palmer was there. Warden Ryan Volenberg of Columbia County was not because he wasn’t born yet. Yet, the two share a passion for this chapter of warden history that has evolved into a lively tradition focused on efficient, effective law enforcement.

Volenberg, who has competed at the shoot five years, says the ability to connect with officers from other states is the real payoff of this annual event. This is why he is on a mission to fix the situation that too many Wisconsin conservation wardens have no idea what the Basil Irwin Shoot is or what it represents.

So, Volenberg turned to Palmer for a history lesson.

Palmer was a rookie warden stationed in Superior when he met Irwin in the 1960s when he was stationed in Sandstone, Minn. That’s where Irwin spent most of his warden year.

As the story goes, Irwin spent his formative years in the small community of Warman, Minn. That’s where his father had a hardware store and Basil had a lot of hunting opportunities which helped him sharpen his shooting skills. He also became quite a cross-country runner.

As Palmer recalls, Irwin was a wiry guy with a gray crew cut. He drove a red Mustang and flew his own Piper plane. He started as a Minnesota game warden in June 1928, left briefly to serve in county government, and returned to his warden duties in 1945 and served until his death in 1970.

Palmer says Irwin was something of a national legend for his athletic skills and competitive nature. Irwin was such a good runner that he was a member of the 1924 Olympic team and also coached shooters who went on to win state and national titles.

Palmer said the first pistol shoot in 1967 had humble beginnings with five wardens from Minnesota and five Palmer recruited to represent Wisconsin. Back then, there was no authorization or support from either state agency.

“We bought that jug from a junk shop in Superior and it became the team match trophy,” Palmer said. “Over the years, the event grew in popularity and became more formal but was known as The Jug Shoot.”

Palmer transferred to Madison in 1969 and Irwin died the following year. “The team captains from the states immediately renamed the match in Basil’s honor,” he said. The new name became the Annual Basil Irwin Memorial Pistol Match.

As the years wore on, state budgets and administrations changed, too. And so did the annual shoot’s participation and purpose.

Volenberg says the event grew to include Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And it grew from a competitive shoot to a training opportunity – and a time for the wardens from the states to share.

“It has a time for wardens to share what is going on in their states – and wardens can learn and from each other to keep improving service, or to try new things – or to know not to repeat the same mistakes,” Volenberg said. “That’s the first day – the roundtable discussion.”

The second half of the first day is consumed with practice sessions at the three courses.

Volenberg says there are three parts of the competition which totals 120 rounds. One is a 30-round bull’s eye target. Second is a 60-round course that involves moving and shooting from cover and involves reloads and shooting at targets from 3 to 50 yards. The third course is a 30-round tactical course of steel knock-down courses and shooting from movement.

“And, of course, all of it is timed,” he said. “Your highest score is 1200 if you are perfect. But, who is?”

Day two is the shoot and awards ceremony with photos.

This year’s shoot was hosted by Wisconsin on August 16-17 at the Southwest Technical College in Fennimore.

Volenberg says this year was special in that a Minnesota warden brought the actual active duty pistol used by Basil Irwin.

“Everyone was able to fire one round from it and then sign the history book,” Volenberg said.

Talk about a hand on history!

Wisconsin took the bronze. Minnesota won as it has the last 15 years, while Iowa took silver. And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took fourth.

Volenberg was joined by these DNR wardens at this year’s shoot: Dan Michels, Wade Romberg, Bob Jumbeck, Chris Shea, David Allen and Kyle Dilley.

The event has grown to include a retired warden division that attracts eight to 15 each year. At this year’s shoot, DNR Retired Wardens Byron Goetsch and Dale ‘Swede’ Erlandson participated.

“Historically, the annual shoot has significance of getting wardens together across the state lines,” Volenberg said. “Wisconsin wardens on the Mississippi River work closely with wardens from Minnesota and Iowa and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But some wardens who work in the state, far from the borders, have never met their counterparts.”

‘Wis. DNR Conservation Warden Team at the 2016 Basil Irwin Shoot: (left to right) Dan Michels, Bob Jumbeck, Chris Shea, Wade Romberg, Kyle Dilley, Ryan Volenberg and David Allen.

Volenberg calls it a way to create real teamwork and accomplish professional development. “In fact, I just got an email from the training officer in another state asking for our policy on an issue. This is a valuable relationship that allows the law enforcement agencies to learn and to help each other – which in turn helps the public we serve.”

And, the shoot itself is training.

Preparing for the shoot is about improving your tactical skills. Volenberg has competed in five annual shoots. Participation among Wisconsin wardens has fluctuated and recalls more interest when wardens could practice the course before the actual event.

“It’s a very cool piece of history and includes the training to improve our skills with handguns,” he said. “It is a difficult thought but how proficient you are with your tactical skills can determine if you go home that day or have six wardens carry your casket into your funeral.”

Volenberg feels so strongly about the match’s value that he has taken to spreading the word on the among the warden service. He’s looking for any warden who wants a piece of the living history while improving shooting skills and learning from their counterparts in other states.

“It’s a blast,” Volenberg said. “Regardless of how you shoot, or if you shoot to your level or not – the value of getting together with the wardens from the other states is so valuable.”

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How to Stay Up to Date on Wisconsin Flooding

People can find out more information about Department of Natural Resources properties affected by flooding in northwestern Wisconsin through an updated “current conditions” page of the DNR website.

The heavy rains were quite localized to northwestern Wisconsin and other northern properties such as the Flambeau River, Northern Highland-American Legion and Peshtigo River state forests were not affected by the storm and facilities remain open, as is access to all these properties.

Some areas of far northwestern Wisconsin received torrential rains early this week, with 8 to 10 inches reported in some areas causing major washouts of roads and even major highways. Copper Falls State Park was closed temporarily but has reopened. A campground at Governor Knowles State Forest is closed, and as the water moves down through the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, some facilities are closed or may be closed at Merrick and Interstate state parks. Sections of the Wild Rivers, Saunders and Gandy Dancer state trails are also closed.

Other state properties in the area including Amnicon Falls and Pattison state parks and the Brule River State Forest are open, but travel to destinations may take longer due to numerous road closures. People traveling to the area should check the Wisconsin Department of Transportation www.511wi.gov website for details.

To find a park, forest or trail property search the DNR website for keywords “find a park.” To find updates on conditions search for keywords “current conditions.”

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Wildfire Awareness Week in Wisconsin

Warm winds fanning Wisconsin’s dry and dead vegetation is expected to increase fire risk statewide in late April, just in time for Wildfire Prevention Week when the Department of Natural Resources forest protection experts launch a new “live status wildfire occurrence” web page.

Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist, said due to rapid spring changes in vegetation and weather conditions, Wisconsin’s wildfire season is projected to pick up during Wildfire Prevention Week, April 17-23.

“Wildfire prevention week could not have landed on the calendar at a better time for us this year,” Koele said. “With all the precipitation we’ve had around the state in early April, we thought we might have a relatively short fire season before things green-up. It’s amazing how quickly the conditions can change.”

The rapid evolution of outdoor conditions into fire weather is what Koele says is the purpose of Wildfire Prevention Week.

“The focus is on fire weather awareness. Weather has a direct correlation to fire occurrence,” she said. “The key elements that determine fire starts and how intense a fire will burn are wind, temperature, relative humidity and moisture levels in the vegetation.”

On average, Wisconsin has more than 4,000 wildfires every year statewide. The majority of wildfires in Wisconsin occur from March through May. Shortly after the snow disappears, a dry spring or even a few days in between rain can leave grasses, pine needles and leaf litter very dry, creating hazardous conditions.

See wildfires as they happen online

Every fire that occurs on land under DNR jurisdiction is tracked and will be posted for the first time this year on the new online live status wildfire occurrence web page.

“Things like location, report time, fire cause, weather conditions, suppression resources, structures threatened or lost,” Koele said. “Essentially, everything that goes into our fire reporting system which helps us monitor data for current and historical trends.”

The new real time fire webpage displays a dot point with the estimated fire location along with preliminary fire cause, acres burned and structures threatened information. The page is constantly updated as resources are dispatched to the fire and the fire fighters are updating dispatch. This will continue until a fire is out. If a fire is under investigation, the fire report could be pending for days, even weeks as investigators gather information and make a determination.

Koele said it is common for the public to associate wildfires with the western part of the country. The difference between western wildfires and Wisconsin’s are in size. Most Wisconsin wildfires are 1 to 2 acres because of rapid initial attack by fire department and DNR resources, along with good access to most initiating fires.

“This can be credited to the training of Wisconsin’s fire fighters who bring rapid response and skill to the scene, as well as being based in strategic locations adjacent to the wildland,” Koele said.

The DNR’s goal is to respond to wildfires in less than 30 minutes from the time the fire is reported. The DNR’s average response time is less than 15 minutes with support from local fire departments.

Wildfire Prevention Week is a good reminder to the public that a wildfire can happen to anyone.

“Wildfires do not discriminate. It happens to well-intended people who just weren’t aware of the conditions or who neglected to take proper care in preparing for their burn,” Koele said. “The simplest way to prevent a wildfire is to avoid burning.”

Failing to obtain proper burn permits or follow the rules on the permit may result in a citation. Anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire is liable for all suppression costs and potentially any damages.

With the recent elevated fire risk, fire reports indicate a jump in fire activity over the weekend placing the 2016 total at 231 fires, burning 240 acres. The top cause continues to be debris burning. To view the new current fire activity, fire restrictions or fire danger page, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “fire.”

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Wisconsin Counties Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

– Portage and Wood counties will be quarantined for emerald ash borer, following discovery of the tree-killing pest in Stevens Point.

“Not only is it likely that EAB is present in Wood County at low levels that are difficult to detect, but historic patterns of wood movement into the county, and the fact that it is a wood utilization center, make it practical to quarantine it along with Portage County,” said Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The bureau administers plant pest quarantines. “Mills there will be able to move wood in freely from other quarantined counties. They will still have to meet regulations for moving wood products that could carry EAB out of the county to non-quarantined areas.”

Stevens Point residents noticed and reported woodpeckers activity on ash trees, which is one of the primary signs of EAB infestation. The woodpeckers are eating EAB larvae from under the bark. City foresters collected larvae, or immature beetles, from two ash trees and also found typical EAB damage – tunneling under the bark and D-shaped holes in the bark where adult beetles emerged.

Quarantines prohibit ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved to areas that are not quarantined. For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, this means that they must work with DATCP to assure that they are not transporting the pest to non-quarantine counties. For private citizens, a quarantine means that residents may not take firewood from these counties to non-quarantine counties.

“We strongly discourage moving firewood even within quarantine areas,” Kuhn said. “The vast majority of EAB infestations have resulted from the movement of firewood, as evidenced by the number of times our first find in a given county has been in campgrounds. Most of the quarantined counties are not generally infested, so moving firewood within them could bring the pest to new areas in the county that would otherwise remain uninfested for several years.”
Kuhn notes that other forest pests and diseases also move easily and invisibly from one location to another under the bark of firewood.

DATCP recommends that property owners who have ash trees in quarantine counties:

  • Keep a close watch for possible signs of EAB infestation: Thinning canopy, D-shaped holes in the bark, cracked bark, branches sprouting low on the trunk, and woodpeckers pulling at bark.
  • Consider preventive treatments if your property is within 15 miles of a known infestation.
  • Consider planting different species of trees that are not susceptible to EAB.
  • Call a professional arborist, and visit wi.govfor detailed information.

Emerald ash borer is native to China and probably entered the United States on packing material, showing up first in Michigan in 2002. It was first found in Wisconsin in 2008 in Ozaukee County.

Other quarantined Wisconsin counties are Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.

EAB adults lay eggs on the bark of ash trees in mid- to late summer. When the eggs hatch a week or two later, the larvae burrow under the bark for the winter and feed, forming the characteristic S-shaped tunnels and destroying the tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water. The following summer, the adults emerge through D-shaped holes in the bark.

The Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program includes DATCP; DNR; UW-Madison; UW-Extension; USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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DNR Launches Go Wild

A new licensing system that provides additional options for buying hunting and fishing licenses was launched Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Implementation of the new system is part of a broader Go Wild campaign that encourages people to head outdoors and enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of Wisconsin’s natural resources.

The new system, accessible at GoWild.Wi.Gov, allows customers to get licenses, tags and other DNR products through more than 1,000 vendors statewide, at DNR Service Centers and offers easy access on mobile devices through the website. The new system secures licensing and registration information electronically and enables customers to use a variety of methods for providing proof of purchases while out enjoying Wisconsin’s exceptional natural resources. New proof of purchase opportunities provided through Go Wild include an optional personal conservation card, an authenticated Wisconsin driver’s license, a plain paper copy or a pdf display on a mobile device such as a smartphone.

“We’re excited to introduce these new options as we work to make all of our great outdoor recreational activities more accessible than ever before,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “With Go Wild, there’s no more waiting for regular retail hours or a delay until a license arrives by mail. We also expect the optional personal conservation card to be a big hit. Some customers have already told us they plan to get multiple cards so they can keep a version handy in their tackle box, hunting kit and glove compartment of a recreational vehicle.”

Mark Rappe, of DNR’s bureau of customer and outreach services, said the department conducted extensive testing on the system to ensure it would be ready for the high customer volume associated with the spring turkey hunt. In recent years, hunters have purchased approximately 100,000 “leftover” permits not issued through the spring turkey permit drawing. This year, the sales for Zone 1 permits begin March 21 at 10 a.m.; Zone 2 permits on March 22; Zone 3 permits on March 23; Zone 4 permits on March 24 and Zones 5, 6 and 7 on March 25. More than 109,000 spring turkey permits will be available in all and leftover sales will continue for all zones on March 26.

“We believe our hunters will find the new Go Wild system easier to navigate with the added benefit of paper carcass tags,” Rappe said. “Hunters will be able to print these out themselves or receive a copy from the vendor. The tags still need to be validated upon harvest but for most species hunters will be able to keep the completed tags with them as long as they are with the carcass.”

Rappe said GoWild.WI.Gov also acts as a portal to help plan adventures that make the most of Wisconsin’s great outdoors. The site links to information on hunting and fishing opportunities, Wisconsin’s unparalleled network of state parks, trails and natural areas and a variety of maps.

No fee increases are planned as part of the upgrade and online user convenience fees have been eliminated for customers who use electronic checks. Online service options include hunting licenses, fishing licenses and Conservation Patron licenses.

Later this month boat, snowmobile, ATV and UTV registrations will be added. Once implementation is complete, GoWild.Wi.Gov also will be the spot to get ATV, UTV and snowmobile trail passes, sign-up for a safety education courses and much more.

This year, renewal notices for ATVs and UTVs were sent out in January and renewal notices for boats will be arriving in customer’s mailboxes over the weekend or early next week. For those recreational vehicles that expire at the end of the month, customers will need to keep a copy of the renewal notice in their vehicle until they receive the registration stickers in the mail.

The system also makes it easier to obtain a reprint or printed hard-copy of the original hunting, trapping or fishing approval or safety certificate. With the ability to reprint products from the convenience of home, there is no need to drive to a license agent to purchase a duplicate if you lose your license or carcass tags.

While the new Go Wild system will not provide the option of purchasing by phone, DNR customer service agents will be able to assist customers who would like assistance as they navigate the system or have questions about a transaction. The customer service number remains 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

To learn more, visit GoWild.Wi.Gov or visit DNR.Wi.Gov and search “Go Wild.” Informational resources include fact sheets, descriptions of how and when certain forms of proof apply as well as tagging information for a variety of game.

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DNR Seeks Tips in Shanty Case

The Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement is asking for the public’s help in solving a case of property damage and interfering with lawful fishing/harassment. Sometime after close of sturgeon spearing (1 p.m.) on Sat., February 13, and opening of spearing (7 a.m.) on Sun. February 14, an individual had his spearing shack completely plowed in by snow. The amount of snow prevented the individual from being able to spear out of that shanty. Later, it was found that the sides of the shanty were pushed in and damaged, making the shack unusable. This incident occurred on the north end of Lake Poygan near Alder Creek in Winnebago County.

 

Wardens spent considerable time investigating Sunday and now are seeking help from the public. If anyone has any information on who did this or what vehicle was used, you can confidentially call or text tips to the DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367).

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The DNR Wants You to Go Wild

Starting this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a campaign that encourages people to “Go Wild” by heading outdoors and enjoying the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of the state’s natural resources.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board received an informational briefing on the project from Mark Rappe, of DNR’s bureau of customer and outreach services. The Go Wild brand will be highly visible as part of a new customer licensing system coming in March that will make it easier than ever for DNR customers to purchase licenses, register boats and recreational vehicles and get information on hunter education and safety classes.

“Wisconsin’s outdoor recreational opportunities are second to none and we’re excited to be launching a campaign that celebrates our natural resources,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “From hunting and fishing to boating and snowmobiling, there are hundreds of ways to Go Wild in Wisconsin. With the new Go Wild system, we’re putting improved technology to work on behalf of our customers so they can get the information and licenses they need whenever they’re ready to head out.”

The Go Wild system will be available at more than 1,000 vendors statewide while also offering improved access through mobile devices. The system will store customer information online and make it accessible on an optional conservation card, eliminating the need to carry the old thermal paper licenses. No fee increases are planned as part of the upgrade.

Also starting in March, the GoWild.Wi.Gov website will serve as a portal to help plan adventures and make the most of Wisconsin’s great outdoors. License options will include hunting licenses, fishing licenses, conservation patron licenses and boat, ATV and UTV registrations. During a transition period from Feb. 16 to 29, customers wishing to purchase products such as fishing licenses or a snowmobile trail pass must place their purchases at a DNR service center or call our customer service line and purchase their products over the phone at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

To learn more, visit DNR.Wi.Gov and search “Go Wild.”

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Wis DNR Urges Anglers to Repeat Catches of Gobies

As ice fishing heats up on the Lake Winnebago System, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging anglers to report the incidental catch of round gobies in the lower Fox River above the Rapide Croche Dam, in Little Lake Butte des Morts and in Lake Winnebago.

 

Round gobies are destructive aquatic invaders and were discovered in Little Lake Butte des Morts immediately below the Neenah Dam in August 2015. The aggressive fish out-compete some native species and pose a significant threat to the ecology of the Winnebago System.

 

Kendall Kamke, DNR Oshkosh fisheries team supervisor, said anglers in other areas where gobies are well-established occasionally catch them while ice fishing. DNR continues to encourage Winnebago area anglers to report any catches through an online survey tool at http://dnr.wi.gov/u/?q=132 to help determine the extent of gobies in the region and develop a management strategy. The online tool also allows anglers to upload goby photos.

 

Gobies are on the Chapter NR 40 list as a restricted invasive species and it is illegal to possess, transport, transfer or introduce live gobies, including using them as bait. When gobies are caught, they should be killed and removed from the waterbody.

 

Anglers who catch a goby on Lake Winnebago, other parts of the Winnebago System or the lower Fox River below the Neenah and Menasha dams are encouraged to kill the fish and freeze it before bringing the specimen to the DNR Oshkosh office, 625 E. County Road Y, Suite 700, Oshkosh, Wis., 54901-9731. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

“We are extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from anglers who have taken the time to notify us when they catch gobies,” Kamke said. “When we receive reports from the specific areas of interest, we do contact the anglers to get more details and confirm their catch. These are fish that nobody wants to catch, but when they do, we appreciate being able to follow up with the anglers as we work to determine how widespread the goby population is.”

 

To date, no gobies have been found above the Menasha lock, which remains closed thanks to cooperation with the Fox River Navigational System Authority. The authority operates a system of locks and monitors for aquatic invasive species within the lock system.

 

“Fishing and recreational and commercial navigation all make significant contributions to the local economy, not to mention the incredible quality of life we enjoy in Wisconsin. We recognize the importance to do our part to prevent the spread of gobies,” said Bob Stark, chief executive officer of the authority. “At the same time, we are working cooperatively with DNR on possible solutions to the navigational challenge posed by the lock’s closure. In October, we treated the Menasha lock with the chemical rotenone to kill any aquatic hitchhikers and allow passage of some larger boats back into Lake Winnebago. We are working with DNR to develop longer-term strategies.”

 

Following open water season efforts to capture gobies through electroshocking, trapping, trawling and netting, DNR intends to use major ice fishing events and the upcoming sturgeon spearing season to continue angler education efforts and conduct additional surveys. During sturgeon spearing season, which this year begins on February 13, fisheries biologists will be collecting and dissecting 80 sturgeon stomachs for diet analysis.

 

“At this time of year, we can usually confidently identify forage items within the foreguts of sturgeon because digestion of prey items in this location hasn’t yet started,” said Ryan Koenigs, DNR Lake Winnebago sturgeon biologist.

 

Since round gobies were first discovered in the St. Clair River in 1990, the bottom-dwellers have spread rapidly into most areas of the Great Lakes including Lake Michigan. Round gobies can survive even in poor quality water and displace native fish by eating their eggs and young, taking over optimal habitat and spawning multiple times per season, which gives them a competitive advantage.

 

Kamke said there is no way to determine how the gobies arrived in the channel below the Neenah dam, which opens into Little Lake Butte des Morts. Gobies can be identified by a single, scallop-shaped pelvic fin on the belly of the fish, a black spot on the front dorsal fin, frog-like raised eyes and thick lips. No other native Great Lakes fish possess the single pelvic fin. They range in size from 3 to 6 inches and have a mottled gray appearance.

 

In addition to submitting reports via the mobile friendly survey tool, anglers may visit the DNR Facebook page or website, DNR.wi.gov and search “goby” to file a report. Anglers are reminded that live bait and water from bait buckets should always be disposed of away from the water’s edge.

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