Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
Rough fishing operations, pp. 24-26 PDF (718.1 KB)
24 WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION change in temperature, or if the eggs were not properly handled, those that die immediately turn white. When the eggs are received at the different hatcheries they are all measured and in this manner we know exactly the number of eggs received. All poor eggs removed are measured and by subtracting the loss of eggs from the amount received at the hatchery, it is very easy to determine the approximate number of fry that the hatchery produces and ships out for planting in the waters of the state. Dividing the total production of the hatchery by the number of cans used to make the distribution gives the number of fry per can, and by multiplying the cans by the number of fry in each can, we arrive at the number of fish planted by each person apply- ing for the same. During the past three months the employees of the commission traveled over 46,000 miles in the distribution of fish and the planting of them in public waters. The fry was transported in specially constructed cans similar in shape to a ten gallon milk can. It required over 16,000 of these ten gallon cans to transport the fry and at certain times it is necessary to curtail the shipments, as the empty cans are not returned as rapidly as is necessary. Oftentimes persons receiving the fry donotreturn thecans to the depot promptly, and this hampers us greatly in our work of distribu- tion. ROUGH FISHING OPERATIONS. During the season of 1915 the Commission entered into 36 contracts under sections 62.38 and 62.50 for the taking of buffalo, carp, dogfish, garfish, ellpout, suckers and sheepshead from inland waters. Six of the contracts were under sec. 62.38 covering the waters of Winnebago county and thirty covering other inland waters. Most of the rough fishing opera- tions were carried on in Lakes Poygan, Winneconne, Butte des Morts and Winnebago in Winnebago county, and in the waters of the Crawfish and Rock rivers, Lakes Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa and Beaver Dam. Under section 62.38 the fishermen paid the state at the rate of one-half cent per pound on all fish sold and under section 62.50 the state collected one cent per pound. All fishermen paid a per diem of $2.50 plus necessary expenses including lodging and board for the services of a state supervising warden. Most of the fish were sold in eastern markets, carp bringing from 3 cts. to 6 cts. per pound, buffalo from 5 cts. to 10 cts. Several carloads of live carp were transported to New York in a car especially constructed for this purpose. These fish were shipped from Hubbleton and Beaver Dam. To make rough fishing successful under these contracts, requires the investment of considerable capital. It also requires one who understands the business of fishing and operation of nets. Many fishermen lost money because of their inexperience. This work is practically confined to waters in the southern portion of the state; northern waters are not heavily in- fested with the rough fish. Very few game fish were taken in the nets. Our game fish do not remain in the vicinity of a large school of carp or buffalo. When a particularly large haul of carp was made, 40,000 to 60,000 pounds, not over 75 to 100 pounds of the better varieties of fish would be found in the haul.
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