A rescue below Evergreen Lake on Wednesday produced 123 muskies, among a batch of other notable fish.
Mike Steffa sent this account:
The IDNR and COMLARA Park Staff conducted a muskie rescue below the Evergreen Lake Spillway yesterday. Here are the results:District fisheries biologist Mike Garthaus added this:
123 Muskies - 14 had PIT tags
2 Northern Pike
1 Largemouth Bass
1 Hybrid Striper
1 Flathead Catfish (Est. weight @ 40 lbs.)
We recovered 123 muskie. Of the 123 collected, 14 were tagged from spring netting surveys. We tagged muskie from 2002 to 2005 and in 2007. We recovered at least one tagged muskie from each year we tagged fish. The majority of the tagged fish were males. We only recorded length and weight for tagged muskie and the largest tagged muskie was 44". We had 4 tagged muskie that were 40" and above. All fish were in great condition. The average relative weight for the tagged muskie was 99.
It was a hot day and everybody that helped needs a pat on the back. Mike Warnick took the lead for the IDNR part as I needed to stock fish at Lake Bloomington during part of the recovery. I came back and found out that Mike W went toe to toe with a muskie and came out bloody. We are hoping he does not lose a finger. You never know what type of diseases those slimy things have.