No thats cool, times just flies by. I got your P.M. asking about the low numbers of fish on these streams to the north. Its true the numbers of fish are way way down. On Sat I was hoping to discuss getting a private steelhead stocking program together.
If anyone reads this that has input on getting around the road blocks that the dnr is putting on me. They seemed less than receptive about the idea. He said we could, but gave a list of fish that I could not buy? Nice.
Importing fish eggs would be cheap, but risky with VHS and god knows what other crap floating around in the stocking ponds these days. After talking with private ponds in Wisco. that sell fish. They just chuckled at me stating I could just see head lines now "PRIVATE STOCKING CLUB HAS OCONTO RIVER STEELHEAD NUMBERS UP BY 200%". Its not , I guess in the DNRs best interest.
I know we could be more cost effective. It's true that I personal very limited time to head up the idea. I need a ground man that would know the ins and outs of fish Bio and would have the time. I would help fund raise.
My idea is to stock smaller fish like 1" to 2" ,but in very large numbers in Oct when the water will be cold and getting colder instead of spring when the water will be like a bath in few short weeks. Letting nature sort out the weak fish. I know steelhead stocking in the Fall You heathen! I know they spawn in the spring. The DNR stated that they tried this is the Branch river and it did not work. But they stocked in the spring and I am sorry thats not a real river,, that River is a creek at best,, and is? well not good for the support of life forces in general.
I would like to hatch the eggs from the DNR donated great lakes steelhead eggs. With the sportsmen being in charge of foot work, and the DNR would be the quality control. I know we could get these rivers back on the right track if we could all just work together.
Can of worms now fully opened.
The Spey Company