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The Muskie Nut
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02-07-08, 06:52 PM (CST)
 
"rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
 
   I was reading my WI Outdoors News and I see in the advertisement for Madison Fishing EXPO that Rick Krueger (aka rk_diver) will be speaking about Underwater Madison Lakes at 1pm on Saturday the 23rd. I am looking forward to it.

Gerard


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Ooseetoe
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02-08-08, 07:55 PM (CST)
 
1. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
In response to message #0
 
   How much does it cost? He has some informative posts.

rk_diver, What is the strangest fish you have seen in the Madison
chain? My dad told me once that Mendota had gar fish.
Ooseetoe


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rk_diver
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02-08-08, 09:25 PM (CST)
 
2. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   There are gar in Monona & Mendota, don't recall seeing any in Kegonsa or Waubesa, but I'm sure they're there also. At times you can see big schools at the MG&E hot water outlet in Monona. There are some interesting stories on how people catch them on a rod and reel, and there are some pretty big ones around. My favorite fish though is the sturgeon, and there are some huge ones in our lakes. Some people think they're not native to our lakes, and that they don't reproduce naturally here. But there's records from way back where sturgeon were seen and caught in these lakes. I remember seeing an old article where they treated them like rough fish, caught them and threw them on shore, "stacked like cord wood". I don't recall the exact story and date, but while they were building dams a professor from the UW would collect the trapped sturgeon and restock them in different lakes, including ours, he'd put them in pickle barrels to transport them. An article and photo showed them being placed in our lakes, with the tails of the fish dragging on the ground enroute to the water. McPike has a better memory then I do on this, maybe he'll add some info to this. While I haven't seen a monster personally, they're out there. Two things I hope to accomplish before I have my ashes spread over Mendota, get a photo of a Loon diving underwater chasing a fish, and to get some photos of a huge sturgeon. In the spring you can usually see some at the MG&E outlet. McPike witnessed them spawning there one year, something few people have reported seeing in our lakes. The DNR has also captured some small ones when they've done their surveys.

If you've never been to the Fishing Expo it's definitely worth the time and money to experience. What really PO's most people is having to pay for parking, around $4.50 to $5.00/car. Not sure on the cost to get in, around $10 sticks in my head (though they usually have coupons for money off, or I believe they sometimes have a food pantry setup where if you bring in something to donate they knock a buck off (or something like that). Lots of people there, and lots of things to see, and some discounted equipment.

Rick


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The Muskie Nut
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02-09-08, 07:46 AM (CST)
 
3. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   check out the web site triplew.madfishexpo.com Like rk says parking fee sucks, which is $5 and $8 to get in (I think they discontinued the coupins). Its the largest fishing show in the Midwest. No hunting or guys selling knives just booth after booth of fishing stuff. Places to go, lures, abnd of course lots of FISHING boats, etc. Check it out.

If you have any other question, rk or I will gladly try to answer.


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James
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02-10-08, 03:36 PM (CST)
 
4. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   About the sturgeon and gar thing during the summer i work for Dl Anderson company putting in piers and boat lifts last year we found about a 20 pound gar floating in the middle of Mendota kool lookin fish and about the Sturgeon last spring at Tenny park locks there was about a 5 or 6 foot one swimming up the river right before the bridge first time i had seen one in person really pretty fish and was greatful to have seen such a fish swimmin thanks alot Rk_diver for givin us the news about the lakes we learn alot from you and keep the pics commin and the lines tight


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guidemaster
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02-10-08, 08:40 PM (CST)
 
5. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   2 summers ago caught 52 " gar govz warner bay side looked like a black tarpan watch out for the pointy bill ,on same day caught 40 "+ mudfish ,on minnows W/slips i was perch fishing on the side nearing limit w/a fishing buddy for proof many speicies on mendota awsome lake fish on! the guidemaster..


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Ricky Basser
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02-12-08, 09:57 AM (CST)
 
6. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   My two cents worth on Madison sturgeon. I've seen two of them, both in Lake Monona and both were huge, in the 4- to 5-foot range. The first was a dead one which washed up on shore that I saw while I was on a bike ride several years back. It had a big chunk out of its head which I assumed was from a boat prop. The other I saw a couple years ago just out from the John Nolen Drive shoreline. I watched it for several minutes as it sort of hovered under my boat while I fished. I didn't bother it, and it didn't bother me. Those are cool fish and it was an awesome sight to see.


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Ooseetoe
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02-14-08, 09:27 AM (CST)
 
7. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   I have seen a lot of cool animals in WI and would like to see a big sturgeon some day. Is a mudfish the same as eelbout or lawyer fish?

Wisconsin has a variety of fish and animals like the river otter ermine wolf bear osprey wolverine elk hare moose paddlefish probably cogar. I hunt in douglas co and while still hunting down the river I had a otter barking or snorting at me the whole time and the otters swim around the canoe and in general seem playful. WI wilderness is unique but most people may not realize it.
Saw lots of flags on university bay saturday I caught a 9-10# pike. Guys were catching gills in one small area. not me
Ooseetoe


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Geneva Man
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02-14-08, 12:30 PM (CST)
 
8. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   I witnessed a 57" sturgeon pulled thru the ice back in the mid-1980's. The fish hit a tip up off Gov.'s Island close to Dunn's Bar. A crowd of 75 or so formed around him as the battle ensued. A friend chisled out the hole to quickly land and photo the beast before returning it to the icy depths. This was before digital cameras, I remember the guy handing out his contact info to the people taking snap shots so he could get a print mailed to him.


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The Muskie Nut
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02-26-08, 03:43 AM (CST)
 
9. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Hey RK nicely done.

For those not there, it was a packed house, plus a group all the way around the room standing against the wall. Also it was great finally getting to meet you in person as well.

Thanks rk_diver!


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rk_diver
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02-26-08, 12:04 PM (CST)
 
10. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Thanks Muskie Nut, I do appreciate you and everyone else who showed up. Wasn't expecting that big a crowd, a little intimidating for a non-professional speaker like myself. But we got through it without anyone throwing rotten tomato's or anything! When I get time I'll be going through over 30 dives I've video taped, edit and throw it onto a DVD. I'll save a copy just for you! Rick


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The Muskie Nut
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02-26-08, 04:31 PM (CST)
 
11. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Nice, then I'll eat the tomatoes that I was saving for the next time you spoke.


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Ziggy
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02-26-08, 08:05 PM (CST)
 
12. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Let us know when you get it done Rick. I'll certainly buy a couple from you. That will definately be a great add to the collection. Thanks much.

Ziggy 332-1669 racin81atyahoodotcom obviously replace the at and dot with the appropriate symbols. i've been told this prevents spamming. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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rk_diver
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02-26-08, 10:09 PM (CST)
 
13. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Ziggy, the only cost would be for the for the blank DVD itself and any mailing costs (well, the DVD wouldn't be blank anymore!).
Rick


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History Guy
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03-03-08, 11:35 PM (CST)
 
14. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Speaking of Sturgeon.....

This story ran in the Cap Times March 9, 1984:

"7 Ft, 180 lb sturgeon no longer a rumor

John Roberts, a rough fish contractor for the DNR, netted a huge sturgeon near Governor’s Island. (Picture in article shows a man, 5’ 9” tall laying on the ice next to the fish. They were both about the same size.)

Gordy Priegl, DNR district fish specialist said, “It’s definitely a female. Males sturgeons never reach that size. Our records indicate that she’s probably 65 years old, one of a number of sturgeon taken from Winnebago in 1934 and stocked in Mendota and Monona. The fish was pushed back into the lake after the photo was taken.

Emery Bainbridge, retired Cherokee Hts. school principle reported that another sturgeon was caught by an ice fisherman in Squaw Bay in 1956. That one was about 40 lbs. A story ran in the front page of the Cap times about that fish."



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mendota
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03-04-08, 10:02 AM (CST)
 
15. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   From my archives:


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mendota
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03-04-08, 10:07 AM (CST)
 
16. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Also from my archives:


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mendota
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03-04-08, 10:08 AM (CST)
 
17. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Ooops, wrong file:



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mendota
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03-04-08, 10:09 AM (CST)
 
18. "RE: rk_diver to speak at madfishexpo"
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   Just imagine how big that #180 fish is today, 24 years later!


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