The International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program (MDMWRP) has announced the acceptance of a recent muskellunge catch as its world record. The capture of a 58-pound muskie by Joe Seeberger of Portage, Mich., on Oct. 13 from Lake Bellaire in Michigan has set a new modern standard for the world's muskie anglers.
This modern program was started in 2006 by a committee consisting of some of the worlds top muskellunge scientists, along with several muskie industry leaders, muskie anglers and outdoor media personalities.
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People preparing for the opening of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system are being cautioned that ice conditions are highly variable, ranging from more than a foot of ice down to open water still remaining in some areas.
"Ice conditions are variable, not only among the upriver lakes but on Lake Winnebago itself," said Ryan Koenig, sturgeon biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The east side of Lake Winnebago has greater ice thickness than the west side after heavy winds a few weeks ago shoved the ice up onto the east shore, leaving open water behind on the west side.
Closer to home:
If you must (and yes, some must), look to the very north end of the Fox Chain for acceptable ice conditions. Some of the shallow back-channels will give up some panfish, like crappie and bluegill. It's the current areas that scare me, like the Spring Lake Channel at Petite Lake, where there's some open water.
Bangs Lake has similar conditions with a couple inches of "sketchy ice" on the north end near the box channels.
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