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Musky Summit
August 20, 2012
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stevewarner
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Wonder if this pertains to muskies of the whole state of Pa. or just western Pa.?

As per the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Aug 19th, 2012:
All of the details have yet to be worked out, but the commission is going to hold a "musky summit" on Oct 3 in Pittsburgh. The commission is holding it's next regular quaterly meeting in the city 2 days before. The musky summit- which will focus on musky management, fisheries, and the future of the sport and involve biologists, avid musky anglers, and others- will follow. It is open to the public. An agenda for the event will be released in the next few weeks.

Catch and Release works for everyone,keeping a fish works for just one!

August 21, 2012
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I dont know.You think they would have it a little closer to us with the hopes of some participation from us???

August 24, 2012
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Thanks Steve!!!

October 3, 2012
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A little bit of info from the ''musky summit'' that I got from another website : PFBC reviewed the draft copy of the plan and opened it up to public comment, which will be taken online until November 30th.

They spoke about the stocking program and how they have increased the size (length and weight) of fingerlings stocked greatly since 2007.

Every year they spend roughly $600,000 on musky stocking and produce the second highest total of muskies in the entire US.

They spoke about the use of PIT tags to track the egg laden females in the sanctuary (currently in use), and CWT tags to track fingerling muskies after 3 years of growth to determine native/stocked populations (going to be studied in 2013).

One female, PIT tagged in Pymatuning in 2007 at 38.5", 13 lbs , was recaptured in the sanctuary in 2010 at 50", 39 lbs... an amazing 6", 13lbs a year!

There is already an "Enhanced Musky" Program on the regulation books, which would limit a lake to a 45" size limit and 1 per day creel limit. There are currently no lakes under these regulations, but could potentially be in the future.

They want to study the results of the increase from 30"-40" size limit next year in 8 lakes in the state. They would like to collect 5 years of data to compare with the previous data they have, in order to determine results. Pymatuning would be used as a "control" lake, since the size limit is still set at 30".

Data will be collected on rivers, where data is historically void due to difficulty of sampling. Traditional trap net techniques aren't as effective, and therefore, different methods are needed to sample and gather "baseline" data on these waters.

Along with that, waters will be sampled to determine if there is more natural reproduction than previously thought. It was always "believed" to be very little, but there was never a study to determine if that was truly the case.

It was originally proposed as a 30" to 36" size limit increase by the state, but through the angler comment period, anglers asked for a 40" size limit and the board agreed. So public comment matters!!!!!

Catch and Release works for everyone,keeping a fish works for just one!

October 4, 2012
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Steve,

Thanks for posting. Very informative and the growth rate for that female out of Pymatuning was impressive.

DL

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