In an effort to produce a sustaining and thriving musky fishery in the Greater Milwaukee area, two clubs—The Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. (MCMI)—are stocking Okauchee Lake with extended growth muskies on April 12th 2016. Both groups are very excited about the potential of this stocking project, and the larger-than-normal size of the muskies that will be released into this trophy-fish producing lake.
Gollon Bait and Fish Farm, a family-owned business in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, will be the source of the muskies provided. Among the fish raised at this facility are panfish (bluegill, crappie, and perch) and baitfish (suckers, fatheads and golden shiners). Since the early 1990s, Gollon has also been deeply rooted in the business of raising gamefish such as small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, northern pike, and musky. Their business focuses on supplying bait shops throughout the Midwest, as well as stocking both public waters and private ponds.
Okauchee Lake would not be receiving this wonderful opportunity without not only the successful fundraising efforts of both clubs, but also the generous donations given to each organization to ensure the longevity of musky angling. This stocking project also received a very nice contribution from Waukesha County, who used grant money made available to them.
MCW would like to thank Bill Schwartz and Slammer Tackle for their donation towards the effort of stocking Okauchee Lake this spring. Slammer Tackle, founded in 1989, is based out of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and specializes in the production of high-impact (and high quality) plastic crankbaits. MCW would also like to thank Mike Ebert, Mike Phelps, Nancy Nedilsky, and Emily Guduyron.
MCMI would like to thank Team Rhino Outdoors for their donation toward this stocking effort. Team Rhino is a business that has found a niche in specializing in the sales of custom musky lures, selling a diverse selection of unique paint schemes.
Both clubs want to share their appreciation for all the anonymous donations as well. This project would not have been made possible without the financial support of everybody involved. This stocking event is truly an opportune occurrence, and is aimed at creating a flourishing fishery for the future of our sport.