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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

Distribution of fish,   pp. 23-24 PDF (507.7 KB)

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

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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
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-
  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
  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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