FLYING FISH! Last call to see the jumping Muskie at Wingra Dam

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Courtesy: Today's Angler
A Muskie flies through the air at Madison's Wingra Dam trying to make it to the warmer water of Lake Wingra.

MADISON, Wis. — The Muskie could be done jumping at Wingra Dam for the season.   Every spring the Muskie travel upstream in search of warmer water and try to spawn.  To make it to Lake Wingra, the fish have to make jump over a three foot dam.   The annual spectacle has become a bit of a tourist attraction and a good photo opportunity.

 Capital City Muskies Inc. in partnership with the DNR track the Muskie.  Together, they’ve stocked the lakes with 25,000 Muskie since 1986, says Capital City Muskies Inc. President Brian Falleck.

“We have to stock every year to keep the population up,” Falleck says.

 

Falleck and the Wisconsin DNR say there’s no evidence that the Muskie are reproducing naturally.

“With some of the contaminants that are in our lakes, they don’t allow the eggs to get fertilized,” he says.   A DNR spokesperson says the agency suspects other factors.

“We don’t know if it is a lack of suitable habitat or the fact that the Madison lakes are so productive and full of other fish that can prey upon the Musky eggs and fry that limits reproduction, likely it is a combination of both factors,” says David Rowe with the DNR.

But, the Muskie jumping season is almost over, Falleck says.

“You might be able to catch them this weekend yet, but after that they’re probably going to move back into (Lake) Monona,” he says.

If you’re looking for more video of the jumping Muskie at Wingra Dam, check out Today’s Angler.