Re: NANFA-- One reason I get excited about native fishes...

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 27 Nov 2001 11:24:37 -0600

The sucker run here is not that impressive, since it occures in March and
the water is pretty cold, they seem pretty lethargic. Smaller streams to
the east they are more compacted, but no out of the water stunts.

The one run that is quite impressive is the carp run. The water below the
dam in Nekoosa is really high that time of the year and the surface is
exploding with carp. This is the famed part of the river from "Walleye Days"
just up river from Lake Petenwell. Average large carp are around thirty
inches. The river is around a quarter mile wide right here, that is why its
so impressive. The buffalo and quillbacks run just before and over lap the
carp. This about the time of the end of the walley run in late March and
early April. Fishing for walleye you will snag as many carp as you catch
walleye. A big carp snagged anywhere from the dorsal fin back puts up a
super fight. Fishing is good for whitebass and smallmouth just near the
tail end of the carp run, so its a quite a time for some quality catch and
release fishing. Large crappie can be caught in the middle of this time too.


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