Here is a cool thing that I have going on in my boat this year… This is a PIT tag reader was given to the North Metro chapter of Muskies Inc. by the DNR. The North Metro guys thought that I would be able to help them gather info that the DNR would like to use to help better understand the results of their muskie stocking program.
What we are doing is trying to gather info on fish that were stocked between 2008 – 2012 in Lake Minnetonka, White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. What I am doing is simply scanning all fish that enter my boat with this scan gun to see if they have an internal PIT tag. I then record the tag number and the size and condition of the fish.
Some of these fish were stocked as fingerlings and some were stocked as yearlings. There were about 5 times as many finglerlings than yearlings stocked. The info that is being gathered should help give the DNR a good idea of what size is a more effective one to stock in the lakes. This should help give us an idea of survival rate and growth rate.
It’s been a fun little twist on catching fish this year, especially the smaller fish. We have been seeing tags in fish up to 43″ so far and almost every fish under 38″ has had them.
Here is a look at the PIT numbers we are getting from the internal tags