By Louie Stout
Tiny ‘PIT” tags are inserted into young muskies before they are stocked into Webster Lake. When fish managers return to take brood stock each spring, they scan each fish they net to check for tags that provide information on growth rates, survival and whether the muskies they capture are stocked fish or naturally reproduced. (Indiana DNR photo)
Jed Pearson is eager to see what he finds in nets at Webster Lake when his DNR fisheries team starts collecting adult muskies for the hatchery in the coming weeks.
The biologist hopes he’ll see more young muskies as he and anglers did last year. If he continues to find juveniles mixed in with big ones that would be a good sign that DMR fish management changes continue to produce good results.
In case you weren’t aware, 774-acre Webster Lake in Kosciusko County historically has been one of the Midwest’s best muskie fisheries.
However, the population diminished to only a few big muskies about four years ago, prompting DNR officials to revise their stocking and hatchery methods.
Webster, along with other Hoosier muskie lakes, is totally reliant on hatchery-raised fish and stocking efforts.
Pearson is optimistic that the Webster muskie fishing is on the rebound.