On July 13, 2019 Paul Rhodes and Scott Toschner of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gave the following Lake Owen Fishery Report to the Lake Owen Association membership at their Annual Meeting in Cable, Wisconsin.
The DNR will be be providing Lake Owen Association with a fish monitoring report in the winter of 2020-2021. It will hopefully answer the question, “Can we differentiate the genetic information between stocked and non-stocked walleye?” Walleye have populated 1.1 per acre (blue line goal). In 2018, WIDNR have introduced/stocked, 63,785, large fingerling walleyes, between the years of 2011 thru 2018. At a cost of $1.26 a fish, with a total cost to DNR of $80,369, and will continue every other year, for the next 5 years. The estimated survival rate of stocked walleye is currently 2-3%. Lake Owen is extremely clean, which may be negatively affecting the survival rate. The majority of the Red Cliff Tribe’s restocked fish have died. Their restocking efforts over time, will stay low.