Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fish Lake Gill Net Survey

I'm having a dilemma on what to post tonight!  I have received some awesome photos of fish from a couple of our viewers that are quite shocking!  You really need to check back later in the week when I post these awesome fish!  I had to squeeze this post in first however, as this is fresh news that I know many of our viewers will be very interested in seeing.  Mike Hadley of the Utah DWR has again provided us with the results of another gill net survey, this time from Fish Lake, Utah.  Before we begin, please keep in mind that this is not the survey that they perform to check up on the Lake Trout population, this is more for the splake and rainbows.  Either way, this is a great report!

DWR walk-in access biologist Heather Grossman (left) and office specialist Stephanie Rainey (right) show off a 40-inch, 19-pound tiger musky caught and released during the annual Fish Lake gill net survey on May 17, 2012.
"The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conducted a gill net survey at Fish Lake on May 17, 2012. This annual survey is designed to monitor the lake’s rainbow and splake trout populations but, at Fish Lake, we’re always prepared to see something exciting. On this beautiful spring morning we caught a couple mid-sized lake trout (12 and 15 lbs) as well as two large tiger muskies measuring 40 and 44 inches. Tiger muskies are not stocked in Fish Lake, but a few make their way upstream from Johnson Reservoir. We were also pleased to find abundant rainbow and splake trout in great condition, measuring up to 18 inches. The largest splake that we caught weighed 6 lbs – a rare find in Fish Lake.
DWR fish biologist Mike Hadley holds a 44-inch, 22-pound tiger musky caught and released during the annual Fish Lake gill net survey on May 17, 2012.
Anglers can expect a variety of quality fishing opportunities this summer at Fish Lake. Jigging for splake outside the weed line should be good to excellent until mid June. Jigging for perch and trolling for rainbows will provide steady fishing throughout the summer. During the last few years, some anglers have found success cruising the weeds and sight-casting to tiger muskies. Lake trout fishing is somewhat specialized and requires a lot of patience. Most lake trout anglers troll large plugs in deep water using down riggers. In addition, the Fish Lake area provides a number of other great fishing and wildlife watching opportunities."
DWR office specialist Stephanie Rainey (left) and fish technician Tyson Barrow (right) show off a couple 12- to 15-pound lake trout caught and released during the annual Fish Lake gill net survey on May 17, 2012.

 Now I just need to find the time to get to Fish Lake!  Check out this past post for more info on the area!
 Thanks Mike for another great report!