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2005 Musky List & Fishing Report Print E-mail

2005 Fishing Report

OUR MUSKY CHART was interesting this year – while it seemed like fewer fish, with a sample of only 44 musky (34” or more only out of Teal lake), it is only 6 less than last year, but average for the last ten years. However, the number of legal sized fish matters less when you look at the other statistics. In July someone stated they were seeing fewer fish, but the ones they were seeing were bigger – they were right!. Studying the 2005 legal fish recorded, the average was a wonderful 37.8”. While this is a less than half an inch shorter than last year, it is once again bigger than the rest of the decade. The number of fish over 40” is also up, second highest in the decade. 

So, why was 2004 better fishing? The only guess is that the 2004 weather was worse, a lot worse - the coldest and wettest in a long time. 2005, in contrast, was wonderful – drier and warmer than we can remember. In fact, down right hot! And still the fishing held up reasonably – so we are delighted.

TWO BIG AND IMPORTANT FISHING THINGS COMING UP IN 2006:
FIRSTLY, YOUR INPUT IS INVITED:
The DNR now asks for input from those interested in certain lakes because they want to manage different lakes for different usages. Some of our local lakes have already had their input; the public went for walleye on Nelson lake and even the Chippewa Flowage!
Our turn for the Quiet Lakes (Teal and Lost Land) is next June is: Saturday, June 6 at the Town Hall up here. If you feel strongly, we (and they) would love visitor/tourist input. We will be going, of course. If you can’t be here, at least deliver written input on Teal lake so your voice is heard. 

There is a school of thought that we should request “slot” keep/release: keeping the smaller (thus removing the genetically smaller fish) and the larger (fully mature), but releasing the middle size which have the potential to grow larger. I have also heard the opposite: release the largest and smallest, but keep a slot in the middle (30-40”). What do you know about this plan in other fisheries? The home owners in this area now outnumber resorters and visitors these days, and my best guess, is the homeowners will vote to manage Teal for walleye!

SECONDLY, “LEGAL” SIZE GOES TO 40” next year:

We have now reached the point on the release program that 100% of muskies reported were released.   So, the change will make no difference to the sex life of the musky, but will make a big difference to those who are excited about the challenge of musky fishing.  Two possible speculations about 100% release:  either nobody kept any, or anybody keeping one was too socially embarrassed to report it!  We feel this is a bit of a shame: musky is not endangered, and it is a wonderful fish to eat(ask us for great-grandma’s terrific recipe, or have our kitchen fix it for you.)  

However, with 40” considered “legal”, for both reporting and for keeping, we will loose track of growth patterns.   We plan to keep our musky chart in two categories: those over 30”, (all released of course), and those over 40” which you have the option to keep.   So: keep that in mind when you measure and then release your smaller muskies: we are interested and would like to keep a full count.

OOPS: ONE MORE….THIRDLY, HOW TO RELEASE A MUSKY:

While this seems fairly obvious, new statistics are becoming known about the percentages of those released fish that seem to swim away with vigor, but are actually not surviving in the long term. This figure is at least 60%, and some studies show it to be much higher. The new studies show that many handling aspects can cause damage: the angle at which the fish is held (usually for the photograph) can be damaging, the speed with which the fish is brought through a temperature change, as well as the old theories of wet hands, length of time out of water, nature of the bait, etc.   

This saddens us as we have an intrinsic interest in the release program: it was Nelson Ross, Tim’s father, who first suggested that musky be released to swim again and grow, and implemented the first release program here on Teal Lake. The release percentage increased each year, and by 1990 we were recording around 98% released. We have become more interested recently as our son, Ben, is now involved with this. Presently at Scripps, in San Diego, in ocean fishery applications, he has also done relevant research on cod fisheries off the Maine coasts, and spent time talking to our local musky gurus when he comes through home. Ask us – we will tell you what we have heard most recently. 

2005 Musky Chart 

Date, Name, Hometown, State
    Size, Lake, Lure, Witness/guide (italicized), comments
*  symbolizes FIRST LEGAL MUSKY

THESE ARE THE FISH THAT PEOPLE WANTED TO PUT UP - THAT THEY ENJOYED CATCHING. IT IS ABOUT THE JOY OF FISHING, AS WELL AS CATCHING LEGAL. ALL WERE RELEASED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.   

MAY 2005
5/28/05        *PHIL MINARDI,CHICAGO, IL
    37", TEAL LAKE, CRAPPIE, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN, WITNESS:  FRANK MINARDI,

5/28/05        BRIAN PETERSON,ROCHESTER, MN
    37", TEAL RIVER, ORANGE TOP WATER, WITNESS:  DAN FLOTT, "Maiden voyage of new boat!

JUNE 2005
6/2/05         GENE SIMPSON,GRAYS LAKE, IL
    40", TEAL LAKE, BROWN BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

6/2/05         GENE SIMPSON,GRAYS LAKE, IL
    38", LOST LAND, BROWN BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

6/2/05        GENE SIMPSON,GRAYS LAKE, IL
    45", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

6/16/05       JOE SCHART,DES PLAINES, IL
    36", TEAL LAKE, QUICKSET, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

6/20/05        *AARON PEART,CHICAGO, IL
    38", TEAL LAKE, WARLOCK, GUIDE: JOHN MYHRE

6/22/05        MIKE LANGHAMMER,  ILLINOIS
    37", TEAL LAKE, WARLOCK, GUIDE: JOHN MYHRE

JULY 2005
7/8/05        JAMES HINSLEY, CHARLOTTE, NC
    31", TEAL LAKE, RAPALA, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

7/9/05        DAVE NEUSWANGER (DNR), HAYWARD. WI
    31" TIGER, TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, WITNESS:  MIKE ANDERSON,

7/9/05        MIKE ANDERSON, KIRKSVILLE, MO
    30", TEAL LAKE,   CRANK, WITNESS: DAVE NEUSWANGER (DNR)

7/11/05        BOB WATERMAN, ROCHESTER, MN
    33", TEAL LAKE, CRAPPIE, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

7/11/05        JIM DONOVAN, LOMBARD, IL
    35", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

7/12/05        TEDDY DONOVAN, (age 11) LOMBARD, IL
    "34, TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE (AND GRANDPA)TERRY PETERSON

7/13/05        DAVE HUTTON, SHAKOPEE, MN
    41", TEAL LAKE, BAIT?, LOTS OF FOLKS!

7/14/05        WES COCAGNE, APPLE RIVER, IL
    34", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

7/14/05        JAMES BROWN, QUINCY, IL
    40", TEAL LAKE, QUICKSET, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

7/14/05        JOE ZSCHACHE, LEIPZIG, GERMANY
    47.5", TEAL LAKE, CRAPPIE, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

7/17/05        TEDDY DONOVAN, (age 11) LOMBARD, IL
    41", TEAL LAKE, TOP RAIDER, GUIDE (AND GRANDPA) TERRY PETERSON

7/17/05        WE WERE NOT SEEING MANY MUSKY, BUT THOSE WE SEE ARE HUGE!

7/20/05        TEDDY DONOVAN, (age 11) LOMBARD, IL
    35.5", TEAL LAKE, TOP RAIDER, GUIDE (AND GRANDPA) TERRY PETERSON

7/21/05        MATT IHRKE, was Tennessee, now Illinois again
    35", TEAL LAKE, COMET, KRISTEN IHRKE

7/22/05        MAGGIE CARLSON, (age 9) NAPERVILLE, IL
    24", TEAL LAKE, JIG, JOHNNY & DAD

7/22/05        TEDDY DONOVAN (age 11)  LOMBARD, IL
    38" TEAL LAKE, BAIT?, GUIDE (AND GRANDPA)TERRY PETERSON
Who is Teddy D? Terry's grandson: Granpa finds the spot but Teddy lands it!

7/28/05        GENE KOCH, NEENAH, WI.
    30", TEAL LAKE, #5 MEPPS, OTHERS FISHING OFF PARADISE

7/28/05        GENE KOCH, NEENAH, WI.
    33" TEAL LAKE, #5 MEPPS, ALONE

7/30/05         STEVE GOLD, SACRAMENTO, CA
    35" TEAL LAKE, TOOK THE WALLEYE!, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

AUGUST 2005
8/4/05        DAN EBERT, WHITEFISH BAY, WI
    40", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON, also saw a bigger one!

8/5/05        STU DESMOND, MILWAUKEE, WI
    37" TEAL LAKE, SURFACE BAIT, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

8/9/05        JIM LEWIS, MILWAUKEE, WII
    41" TEAL LAKE, SURFACE BAIT, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON

8/11/05        MIKE SCHEER, WESTERN SPRINGS, IL
    38.5", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

8/13/05        JIM LEWIS, MILWAUKEE, WII
    34" TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

8/13/05        JIM LEWIS, MILWAUKEE, WII
    36.5", TEAL LAKE. BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

8/13/04        JIM LEWIS, MILWAUKEE, WII
    37", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON

8/15/05        T.J. COBURN, GREEN CASTLE, IN
    38" TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON

8/16/05        MIKE MATHY, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
    36",  TEAL LAKE, MEPPS MIKE MURPHY

8/17/05        MIKE MURPHY, LIBERTYVILLE, IL
    30", TEAL, BUCKTAIL, TOM MATHY

8/27/05        LIZ ROSKA, MEQUON, WII
    36.5", TEAL LAKE, QUICKSET, GUIDE: MILT DIECKMAN

8/29/05        NATHAN ROGERS, SUPERIOR, WII
    36",  TEAL, SHALLOW RAIDER, BRENT ROGERS& PARENTS

SEPTEMBER 2005
9/29/05        GENE SIMPSON, GRAYS LAKE, IL
    38", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON

9/3/05         MATT COOK, WHEATON, IL
    36", TEAL LAKE, SKIRTED JIG, GUIDE:TERRY PETERSON

9/4/05        JOHN MYHRE, HAYWARD, WII
    36", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, JIM ONARHIEM

9/4/05         JOHN MYHRE, HAYWARD, WII
    36.5", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, JIM ONARHIEM

9/4/04        JOHN FAWCETT, KOKOMO, IN
    40", TEAL LAKE, WARLOCK, JOHN MYHRE

9/4/04        JOHN FAWCETT, KOKOMO, IN
    40", TEAL LAKE, WARLOCK, JOHN MYHRE

9/6/04        PERRY GEORGE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    40", TEAL LAKE, QUICKSET, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

9/7/05        PERRY GEORGE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    33", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: CHUCK ROEHL

9/7/05        TAYLOR GEORGE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    32", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: CHUCK ROEHL

9/7/05        BRAD GEORGE, SALT LAKE CITY,, UT.
    40.5", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: CHUCK ROEHL

9/7/05        TAYLOR GEORGE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    30", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

9/8/05        JIM COMSTOCK, JANESVILLE, WI
    41", QUICK SET, GUIDE: JOHN MYHRE

OCTOBER 2005
10/4/05        TOM ARTINGHELLI, CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
    39.5"    TEAL LAKE, SUCKER, RICH BALDACCI, SR. & JR.

10/5/05        BRAD CLARK, HINSDALE, IL
    39", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

10/6/05        BRAD CLARK, HINSDALE, IL
    34"TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, GUIDE: TERRY PETERSON

10/9/05         JOHN STEVENSON, CHAMPAIGN, IL
    30 1/4", TEAL LAKE, BUCKTAIL, ONLY GEESE WITNESSING TODAY

10/21/05        DRAKE WILLIAMS, HAYWARD, WI
    39", TEAL LAKE, SUCKER , HE'S A GUIDE

10/31/05        STEVE HOFFMAN, ILLINOIS
    37", TEAL LAKE, QUICKSET, GUIDE: DRAKE WILLIAMS

OTHER NOTEWORTHY  FISH!

6/4/04        PETE BARTELS, WAUKESHA, WI
      SMALL MOUTH BASS, 19" 3 lbs, TEAL LAKE

6/26/05        *CYNTHIA PAPANTONATOS, (AGE 7) CAMERON, WI
     LG MOUTH BASS, 13"TEAL LAKE, DAD, GEORGE P."DANNY THE DYNOSAU" POLE

7/23/04        REED HOEKSTRA, LAKE FOREST, IL
      SMALL MOUTH BASS, 19", TEAL LAKE, JOHN HOEKSTRA, NIGHTCRAWLER

Our guides, our guests and the Hayward area generally have become quite excited about the increasingly good bass fishing these last few years.

 
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