Fishing Report - November 18, 2004
HOW’S THE FISHING ON TEAL?
After a big effort to collate the many years of musky charts (which means unrolling those old poster-board musky charts and digging out more information) we can honestly say…
2004 IS THE BEST IN 15 YEARS!
The raw data is attached but we say this on the basis of:
56 muskies were recorded on our chart as caught in Teal lake this year –
(the best since 1993 and 1991).
The biggest musky was 45.5” (the same as the biggest for the last three years)
14 musky were 40” and over which is the highest in six years.
So – celebrate! It seems that after of the doldrums of the 1980’s, and the years of very heavy competitive musky fishing on Teal lake in 1989, ‘90 and “91, (even though mostly released, and also when the legal size was 32”) the musky has truly settled down.
The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has also had very good news about both the musky population and the walleye population after very extensive studies in spring 2004. It seems the “big” study is to be expected only about every fifteen years and this was it. They have said this is a naturally reproducing lake (as compared to some that need stocking). They would be happy to supply the details I am sure, but the summary and their presentations to the local lake association have been very, very positive. Some of the guides have credited the 10 mph speed limit with this, as compared to other lakes in the area, because the weed beds are not destroyed. On this lake the residents have shown themselves determined to police this speed ordinance, and are presently working politically to make sure that this will continue to be enforced.