Opinions of anglers who fished muskellunge in Wisconsin, 1989

A mail questionnaire was designed to gather information on muskellunge fishing and regulation options in Wisconsin. Approximately 1,1 00 anglers who fish muskellunge in Wisconsin participated. Anglers defined a trophy muskellunge as at least 40 inches in length, and preferably greater than 45 inches. Anglers supported various regulatory options to varying degrees, with the greatest support shown for the current later season opening and high minimum size limits. Concern over Indian spear-fishing activities was identified by anglers as the biggest problem in muskellunge fishing. Most anglers in this survey practiced catch-and-release fishing unless the fish was a trophy or badly injured.