Stocking and Rearing

Minnesota Muskie Farm delivery at the Golden Mast

The goal for the stocking committee is to coordinate and deliver a number of items related to our local fisheries.Gene posing with a fingerling and livewell full

Discussed at the November 2008 Board meeting with our local DNR Fish Manager Ben Heussner, it was decided that with regard to VHSv and rearing, the Delafield pond would be best to serve as aMuskie fingerling on Dunwright bump board ‘Public Fishing Hole’ for the youth and handicapped of the region. This concept has been discussed by the Board and with the DNR’s approval, further discussion with the City of Delafield will take place. Installation of a pier for better access is one of the subjects to be considered. This would take place in 2010, as with all projects, time and resources need to be aligned. The DNR will assist with the signage as this will be classified as an ‘urban fishery’ and will receive stocking from them in the early summer of each year their program exists.

In place of the Delafield pond, our chapter will have a new and better rearing pond beginning in 2010. It is a spring fed pond called the Amron Pond. Managing the habitat of the new rearing pond is expected to allow our chapter to stock larger muskies in the Spring, and since it is spring fed, it is easier to manage against VHSv than one that is connected to another body of water or stream.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to join the committee, please contact any committee or board member.

September 2008’s Members Outing

Jim Dembiec's September Milwaukee Chapter outing muskieFourteen Milwaukee Chapter members registered and participated in the outing on September 18th. Jim Dembiec was this month’s gift certificate winner. He caught the biggest fish of all four outings, a beautiful 47-1/2″ Pewaukee Lake muskie. Mike Phelps caught the only other muskie of the outing, a 35 1/2″ fish.

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some hot turkey sandwiches and drinks together. Thanks again to everyone that brought side dishes and to Pat Kilps for supplying us with ample door prizes for everyone attending the gathering. One last thank you goes out to John Laimon who has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering and for keeping the shop open for us. Please remember to continue giving John your business in the future to show your appreciation for all that he does for our club.

Jim Dembiec's September Milwaukee Chapter outing muskie release
We have received very positive feedback on the outings and would like to continue them next year. Our goal is to create more opportunities for our club members to interact and spend time together. Please try to make it a point to participate next year. Let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing…muskie fishing.

See you on the water next year.

August 2008’s Members Outing

Nine Milwaukee Chapter members and one from the Headwaters Chapter registered and participated in the outing on August 21st.The fish were more active for this outing with four fish being caught (all trolling) during the outing hours of 4:30PM to 9:00 PM. Nancy Hinkforth doubled up catching 37.5 and 37 inch muskies. Roy Hinkforth boated a 35 incher followed up by Pat Guarnaccio who caught a 30.5 inch fish.

Nancy Hinkforth's August Milwaukee Chapter outing muskie

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some Mexican food and drinks together. Thanks again to Gail Kilps for bringing the rice and beans and also to Craig Niermann for manning the Nesco of taco meat while we were out fishing. Everyone attending the gathering received a door prize, thanks to Pat Kilps/Quest Technologies. Another thank you goes out to John Laimon who has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering and to Gordy for keeping the shop open for us. Please remember to continue giving John your business in the future to show your appreciation for all that he does for our club.

Please mark your calendars for the final outing which takes place on Thursday, September 18th. Try to make it a point to participate. Our goal is to make this the best outing of the year. The casting bite should be on and hopefully the bigger fish will become more active. Let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing…muskie fishing and the camaraderie that follows each event.

See you on the water.

July 2008’s Members Outing

After canceling the June outing on Pewaukee Lake due to severe flood conditions both on the lake and at Smokey’s West, Pat Guarnaccio with 1st July 2008 Milwaukee Chapter outing muskiewe were back on track with the July outing on the 17th. Eleven Milwaukee Chapter members registered and participated in the outing. Only two fish were caught during the outings hours of 4:30PM to 9:00PM. Pat Guarnaccio doubled up and caught both of the fish, 33″ and 34″, to win the event. Congratulations Pat!

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some food and drink together. Thanks again to Gail Kilps and Sue Heidenreich for the awesome salads that accompanied the Italian Sloppy Joes. Everyone attending the gathering received a door prize, thanks again to Pat Kilps/Quest Technologies. John Laimon has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering. As we saw first hand last month, these outings wouldn’t be feasible without his continued support for our club, and we really appreciate that. Remember to give him your business to show your appreciation for all that he does for our chapter.

Please mark your calendars for the next outing on Thursday August 21st and make it a point to participate. Pat Guarnaccio with 2nd July 2008 Milwaukee Chapter outing muskieWe will enjoy tacos and other Mexican favorites at the gathering at 9:00PM. We would really like to see the participation in the outings increase. We had a lower attendance in July since many people were on vacation, but we have received all positive feedback from members that have attended. So come on, let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing….muskie fishing and the camaraderie that follows each event.

See you on the water!

June 2008’s Members Outing Was Cancelled

Mother Nature threw the chapter outing a curve with record amounts of rain and as a result, awful flooding. The City of Pewaukee put emergency restrictions in place, and many surrounding cities and waters did too. Smokey’s Muskie Shop where we base our outings out of had many inches of “water” in their lower level. Other buildings that John Laimon and his wife own were impacted as well as the area as a whole.

Water was flowing down Main Street through downtown Pewaukee, carp were scooped up and taken away in the buckets of front end loaders, and we can only imagine how many muskies were lost from the lake.

We wish those affected by this rare occurrence a speedy recovery.

May 2008’s Members Outing Was a Success

On May 15th, the chapter member outings on Pewaukee Lake were resurrected. The first of five outings was very enjoyable. Fourteen Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc members and one member from the Headwaters Chapter registered for the outing. The weather was cooperative (except for the east wind), but unfortunately the muskies were not. Only one fish was caught during the outing hours of 4:30PM to 9:00PM. Dave Dawson caught a 32 1/2 inch muskie to win the event.

Afterwards, the gathering at Smokey’s West gave all of us the opportunity to meet some of our fellow members for the first time and enjoy some food and drinks together.Dave Dawson with May 2008 Milwaukee Chapter outing muskie If you thought the food was good, wait until the next outing on June 19th! Everyone attending the gathering received a door prize, thanks mainly to Pat Kilps/Quest Technologies. John Laimon was most gracious to provide us with the location to host the gathering and the opportunity to shop for more “weapons” after hours. These outings would not be feasible without his continued support for our club, and we really appreciate that.

We are hoping for more participation in the upcoming outings. So Come On – let’s get out and go fishing, eat, drink, and enjoy spending some time in the company of your fellow club members. See you then!

Mark your calendars for the next outing on Thursday June 19th.