2015 Illinois Muskie Stocking Report

    • November 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm #756
      caddie05
      Keymaster

      2015 Illinois Muskie Stocking Report

      Summarized by Ray Thompson

      Note: This article is in part, a summary of the 2015 Jake Wolf Hatchery report. It also includes muskie fingerlings purchased by the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc.

      A total of 34 Illinois bodies of water were stocked with 23,160-10.5”-14” muskies, produced at the Jake Wolf Hatchery, by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 2015. This number includes 447-12” fish which were received from Iowa, and 5-14” muskie, which were removed from a crappie rearing pond.

      Additionally, the Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies, Inc. donated 475, eleven to thirteen inch fingerlings purchased from the Gollon Hatchery in Dodgeville Wisconsin, which brings the total number of advanced fingerlings stocked in Illinois waters to 23,635.

      We’d like to congratulate the Department on another outstanding effort, compared to 2014, when a total of 29 Illinois bodies of water were stocked with 15,327-11”+ muskies.

      The hatchery also produced and stocked surplus fry and under-sized fingerlings. Note, fry and under-sized fingerlings have been proven by past studies to have insignificant survival and amount, in my opinion, to nothing more than food for existing fish in stocked lakes. The totals are summarized below:

      Fry- (≈ 0.5”) – 512,644.

      Undersized fingerlings (1.8” – 4.3”) – 68,348.

      Table 1 summarizes the pond production, which averaged over 85 percent (compared to 65 percent in 2014).

      Table 1

      Pond

      Number

      Date

      Stocked

      Number

      Stocked

      Size at

      Stocking

      Date

      Harvested

      Number

      Harvested

      Size at Harvested Yield

      %

      20 6/25 9,219 4.35” 8/31 7,813 11.9” 84.7
      21 6/25 8,623 4.75” 8/14 6,969 10.5” 80.8
      22 6/25 8,709 4.84” 8/25 7,926 11.4” 91.0

       

      According to Steve Krueger, the Hatchery Manager, “We stocked a total of 26,551 five-inch muskie into our three netted ponds on 6/25/15. We harvested pond 21 on 8/14/15, after seeing significant mortality, (1000+ fish, earlier in the week).  I couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary either externally or internally with the fish, they looked great, but dead. I believe the loss of fish in pond 21 and possibly the other ponds, was due to poor quality forage minnows.  We started noticing muskie mortality shortly after adding fathead minnows that looked at little rough.”

      Table 2 details the individual lake stockings from all sources.

      Table 2

      Body of Water Number Size Date Remarks
      Argyle 95 11.9” 9/2  
      Busse 840 11.9” 9/2  
      Canton 252 11.9” 9/3  
      Canvasback 53 11.9” 9/1  
      Carlton 76 11.4” 8/27  
      Dale State 301 11.9” 9/1  
      Deep 28 11.9” 9/3  
      Diamond 301 11.9” 8/27  
      Eagle 203 11.9” 9/1  
      Evergreen 928 11.9” 9/1  
      Fox Chain 2,002 11.4” 8/26  
      Fox Chain 475 12” 10/9 Donated by FRV-WI strain
      George 167 11.4” 8/27  
      Goldeneye 53 11.9” 9/1  
      Hennipen-Hopper 378 11.9” 9/3  
      Independence Grove 112 11.9” 9/2  
      Johnson Sauk Trail 61 11.4 8/27  
      Kinkaid 2,002 11.4” 8/26  
      Lake of the Woods 28 11.9” 9/1  
      McMaster 137 11.9” 9/3  
      Mallard 91 11.9” 9/2  
      Mill Creek 368 11.9” 9/1  
      Mingo 172 11.9” 9/1  
      Otter 767 11.4” 8/27  
      Pana 150 11.9” 9/1  
      Pierce 163 11.4” 8/27  
      Schuy-Rush 186 11.9” 9/2  
      Shabbona 319 11.4” 8/27  
      Shelbyville 348,761 fry 4/20  
      Shelbyville 163,883 fry 4/23  
      Shelbyville 29,220 1.8” 5/21  
      Shelbyville 447 12” 5/21 From Spirit Lake Hatchery, IA
      Shelbyville 18,731 2.2” 5/28  
      Shelbyville 13,294 3.4” 6/9  
      Shelbyville 7,102 4.3” 6/30  
      Shelbyville 6,969 10.5” 8/24  
      Shelbyville 2,002 11.4” 8/26  
      Shelbyville 2,111 11.9” 9/2  
      Spring 280 11.9” 9/2 McDonough Co.
      Spring (North) 200 11.4” 8/27  
      Spring (North) 378 11.9” 9/1  
      Spring (North) 5 14” 9/22  
      Staunton 87 11.4” 8/26  
      Storey 137 11.9” 9/3  
      Sule 80 11.4” 8/27  
      Super 231 11.9” 9/1  

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