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Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
(1983)

Pike family - esocidae,   pp. 391-414 PDF (12.0 MB)


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414    Pike Family-Esocidae 
satisfaction that comes with leaving something for 
the next fisherman rather than contributing to the ex- 
haustion of an already strained resource. In waters 
where there may be an overpopulation of this spe- 
cies, and where cropping is necessary to preserve a 
healthy population, a controlled permit season may 
be instituted. 
  Our current problems with muskellunge fishing 
will undoubtedly accelerate with the anticipated 
growth of the human population, with increased lei- 
sure time, and with the steady decline of the muskel- 
lunge range and reserves. As noted by Threinen and 
Oehmcke (1950:12), the future of this species appears 
doubtful: 
  Looking at the problem in retrospect and taking into ac- 
count the present limited distribution of the muskellunge, 
we could conclude that the muskellunge is a relict species 
apparently doomed by time. This process has been accel- 
erated by man's breaking down the natural barriers. 
  But where man has in his power to tear down, perhaps 
he can also build up. We hope that sound fish management 
activities can adequately cope with the situation. 


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