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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Rough fishing operations,   pp. 24-26 PDF (718.1 KB)


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BIENNIAL REPORT
  The following table will show that the 36 contracts yielded a total catch
of 1,381,168 pounds of fish marketed and on the same the revenue of the
state amounted to $11,128.07. Approximately 300,000 pounds of dog-
fish, ellpout and garfish were caught, which were buried on the shores.
  Where the carp has established himself it is practically impossible to
exterminate the fish, but consistent fishing will restrict their numbers
to
such an extent that the better varieties of fish may hold their own.
Wherever the carp establishes himself it is not long before he becomes the
dominating factor. The natural increase of the fish is exceedingly rapid
and owing to its destructive habits the other varieties rapidly diminish.
They simply crowd out the game fish and usurp the grounds. Some objec-
tions are made as to carp or rough fishing operations on the ground that
scining the lakes does more harm than good. The season for rough fishing
is from September 20 to March 20, at a time when the game fish are not
    CATCHING WALL-EYED PIKE FOR COLLECTION OF SPAWN
spawning, are in deep water and for this reason there is practically no
damage to the game fish. The fact stands that the carp will destroy more
spawning grounds and water vegetation than all the seining that could
be carried on. Lake Kegonsa in Dane county before carp fishing was
carried on was practically a big carp pond. After three years of carp
fishing operations, the summer of 1916 was the best game fishing season
that the lake afforded for years. The water vegetation is now heavy and
there are a number of splendid wild celery beds in the lake. There is
absolutely no question as to the excellent results of cleaning the lake of
tons of rough fish.
                 ROUGH FISHING OPERATIONS.
                                                               Lbs.
Winnebago county    waters  (Sec. 62.50) ........................................
 333,840
Rock   river  (Sec. 62.38) ..............................................
........  158,162
Crawfish   river   (Sec.  62.38) ..............................................................
 77,145
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