Prairie Lake Muskie

    • April 3, 2018 at 9:48 am #2552'Dan Koniewicz


      IDNR biologists conducted an annual, spring trap net survey on Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area’s Prairie Lake to assess the muskie population on 3/26 – 3/28.  They collected a total of 47 muskie in 48 trap net nights measuring up to 47.0″ and weighing up to 36.8 lbs.  They collected 23 females and 24 males with 3 fish weighing over 30 lbs.  All fish were in excellent body condition.




      IDNR started conducting a population estimate and age and growth study on Prairie Lake muskie in 2016 using PIT tags (Passive Integrated Transponder), which are small electronic tags that have a unique ID number that allow them to identify individual fish.  They are inserted near the dorsal fin of the fish and can only be located and read by a PIT tag reader.  During the 2018 spring survey, we collected 34 new fish and 13 recaptures (1 fish was captured three years in a row).




      Pictured are a 46.4″ – 33.8 lb fish on the left and a 45.3″ – 26.9 lb fish on the right. 


       (See attachments)

      Nerissa McClelland
      IDNR Fisheries
      Havana Field Office

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    • April 3, 2018 at 9:49 am #2554'Dan Koniewicz

      Another Pic of the fish

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    • April 3, 2018 at 11:53 am #2556'Tim Crews

      Those Prarie Lake fish are on the same fitness plan I’m on. Eat always – Exercise never.

      Where’s the sport in trap netting?

    • April 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm #2564'ToddM

      Thanks for the post Tim!  Prairie is a nice lake to fish.

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    • April 3, 2018 at 7:41 pm #2566'Tim Crews

      Thanks to Dan for the post. Nice fish Todd! Were you helping the DNR get the fish out of the nets, or did you get new photo shop software?

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