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.