NANFA-- Man Fishes for Musky with Foot

Brian Haas (
Mon, 16 Dec 2002 09:06:33 -0600

Here are two web articles covering the musky story - one from the DNR,
another from Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Wisconsin Outdoor Report as of June 30, 1998

Governor Dodge State Park  Day and camper use at Governor Dodge State Park
has been busy. Fishing at the lakes in Governor Dodge State Park has been
slow. Except for an angler fishing at Twin Valley Lake last Saturday. He
was dangling is feet over the side of a boat when a 35-inch musky grabbed
his foot. The angler jerked his foot - fish 'in tow' - into the boat, and
then transported himself - along with the hungry fish - to a nearby
hospital because he wanted to learn if the fish ailed from any disease. The
hungry musky later died. The angler received 60 stitches. No enforcement
action was taken against the angler for removing the undersized musky.


According to an article appearing in the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)
on July 1, 1998, muskies may be developing a taste for unusual bait.

Dan Droessler, a Platteville, Wisconsin, police officer was vacationing at
Governor Dodge State Park near Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He had been dangling
his foot in the water over the side of a canoe at Twin Valley Lake when a
36-inch tiger muskie clamped onto his foot. The surprised Droessler, who
wasnt even fishing (and usually does not fish), pulled his foot out of the
water, and the muskie dropped into the canoe.

Droessler required 60 stitches in a local hospital emergency room.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources then confiscated the fish.
Warden Randy Rossing said, "We had to take it. Its not a legal size for
one thing, and its not a legal way to catch a fishwith your foot."

Droessler did eventually get to keep the fish.

(Wisconsin State Journal, "Tiger muskie opens mouth, inserts foot; OUCH!
says bait," by Patricia Simms, July 1, 1998.)

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