Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
Pike family - esocidae, pp. 391-414 PDF (12.0 MB)
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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