Wisconsin DNR Crews Find Healthy Fish Population On South Shore Of Lake Superior

Chris Zunker, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician from Bayfield, prepares to release a walleye that had been caught in a DNR survey net on the South Shore of Lake Superior on Tuesday. (Sam Cook photo)

A fisheries crew from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was checking nets near Superior on Tuesday as part of its every-other-year assessment of fish populations at the western end of Lake Superior. The crew caught lots of walleyes and quite a few lake trout, along with suckers, whitefish, herring, two sturgeon and one muskie. Biologists use the fish to study contaminant levels, ages, genders and stomach contents. The fish that come from the nets alive are released.

Biologists were pleased with the large number of walleyes that were caught.

“This is not normal (for Lake Superior). This is pretty impressive,” said Bayfield area DNR fisheries biologist Jared Myers. “This is a pretty memorable day.”

The survey continued for about a week and wraps up today.

Wisconsin DNR fisheries biologists Jared Myers (left) of Bayfield and Paul Piszczek of Superior, along with Northland College intern Allison DeRose (purple sweatshirt) pick fish from a gill net aboard the DNR’s Hack Noyes research boat on Tuesday. DNR fisheries technician Scott Sapper of Bayfield works in the background. (Sam Cook photo)
Ross Lind, captain of the DNR research boat Hack Noyes, watches as several fish, mostly walleyes, come up from the bottom of Lake Superior in a gill net on Tuesday. (Sam Cook photo)