Iowa DNR Fisheries Crews Gillnetting Walleye and Muskie on Black Hawk Lake

Iowa DNR Fisheries Crews Gillnetting Walleye and Muskie on Black Hawk Lake


all right we’re on Black Hawk Lake it’s
April 18th 2019 we’re gonna set some nets looking
for Muskies today trying to get a handle on the muskie population we’re set about
six gill nets out on the lake let them soak for a few hours and then come back
and check them Out here setting the gill net in Town
Bay for part of the Muskie assessment so these nets are about 160 feet long, stake one end to shore, one end
gets staked on shore and we pull it out perpendicular to shore so any fish
swimming along shore they’ll get entangled in the net check them here
again in a couple hours the other end gets a weight and the float on it okay
I’ll come back and check these in a couple hours just to minimize the amount
of time the fish are in the net there we go one down five to go go ahead and pull that one up on the
deck that’s a nice fish yeah holy cow healthy-looking fish pull that whole thing on the deck that
Muskie looks like it’s caught good these are huge. Look at the size of those fish! Something’s going good in there. And we got a Muskie up there
look at that cat I can pull it back hold that fish up – this lake is full
of those things too and no one’s fishing for them hold him up pilot nice fish in the tank
he goes thank we’ll measure him up and get him
free. yeah he’s just caught by the teeth so be sure to grab his body or
wrap him up in the net still holding on by a few teeth hold them up there catching the catch of the day so far you pulled it in just send the fish back
good lord look at that fish compare the belly on that one to that
one large lunkers out here! got ’em? got three Muskies in a row
would have been four, but Matt’s cutting out walleye right by the outlet 24.4 just catch of the day so far. Look at that thing! 41.5 41.5 hey Matt want you to hold that
up for the good folks watching at home 41 and a half inch Muskie on Black Hawk – there it is, what a beaut! 26.6 look at them underneath under the chin has it got a
purple on it yep that fish was stocked in the spring of
2013 cool that’s a Black Hawk Lake original walleye
there since the renovation alright folks what you saw there on that video was we
ran six gill net sets ran for about two to three hours apiece ended up sampling
a total of 51 walleye and they range from 18 all the way up to twenty six
point six inches sampled 26 muskie again ranging from 23 and a half all the way
up to 41 and a half inches now keep in mind that we renovated this Lake in the
fall of 2012 and we restocked it in spring of 2013 so these fish aren’t that
old but they certainly have put on a lot of growth now we’ve had several good
years of walleye fishing and right now throughout the month of May and about
the first half of June there’s the prime time for fish and walleye on Blackhawk
Lake that’s when we see our catch rates the highest among anglers now don’t
forget that we also have channel catfish largemouth bass bluegill crappie and
yellow perch and the fishing is actually doing pretty good for all of them now
there’s lots of public access on Blackhawk Lake and so if you’re going to
be fishing by boat or if you’re going to be fishing from shore you’re gonna have
a lot of opportunities to get out on the water
hopefully get yourself some fish and if you make the trip up here hopefully
bring a kid with you and get them on some fish too!

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