John Nelson said it was the best day of fishing in his whole life. Only his wife Sally being there too would have made it any more perfect. He was out in the boat with his son and grandson when his son Matt hooked something big, a 41" Northern Pike. It took a while to bring her in and she was exhausted but with a lot of work including grandson John swimming with it they got her revived, the third largest Northern Pike in 2002. They got all of it on video and that was a great morning. In the afternoon it was John's turn. This time they landed a 29" Walleye, the largest in 2002. Again it was exhausted and John's grandson had to jump into the water again to revive it. Both video's were incredible to watch and we really commend the sportmanship of the 3 generations of the Nelson family. We look forward to seeing what John and his wife Sally accomplish this summer.
One of the biggest Northern Pike ever caught in Lake Wabatongushi was released this spring. Northern Pike came off their spawn later last spring and the water stayed cooler so spring fishing in the shallows was exceptional. Mark Kulaszewski is a professional lure painter who has contracts with many of the major lure manufacturers. He bought a large black plug before he visited us and repainted it in a crackle finish. This Crackle Kula attracted many fish including a 50" monster. She was so large that Mark decided to measure her outside the boat rather than taking a chance on injuring her. We really appreciate his concern for what is likely one of the best spawning female Northern Pike in Lake Wabatongushi.
Russ Meyers is an amazing fisherman. He has passed his 70th birthday and can still outfish anyone we know. He is a past winner of both our Gentle Fisherman award for the largest Walleye Released and Titus Trophy for the largest Northern Pike released. Last year he caught and released 3 of the 7 largest Northern Pike. It is an honor to know such an accomplished fisherman and dedicated outdoorsman.
Large fish are almost exclusively females which means they can produce a lot more fish. With Walleye especially, it is now generally accepted that the larger the female is, the more successful spawner she is. They do not necessarilly produce as many eggs per pound but their eggs are larger and healthier with a much higher viability and hatch success. They also tend to be genetically larger which increases the growth rate of the general population.
Below are our 2002 random recipients of 10% Catch and Release discounts on their next vacations.
For this draw we separate all entries into their respective weeks, draw 2 entries from each week, the remaining entries are combined and we draw the balance of the winners from the remaining entries. We thank everyone who contributed to the ongoing fishing quality of Lake Wabatongushi.
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