Iowa's Muskellunge Management Plan

Jonathan Meerbeek
2014 unpublished
To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations. ii EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The purpose of this plan is to review the biology and management of Muskellunge and utilize the information to guide fisheries management of Muskellunge in Iowa for the next 15 years. Iowa's first Muskellunge management plan (1988) outlined two goals and two objectives. This plan incorporates
more » ... incorporates information regarding Muskellunge culture, stocking survival, and population dynamics collected in Iowa and across the Midwest since the late 1980s and uses that information to build upon the previous plan. Due to the popularity of the program and more consistent culture production, there has been an expansion of "new" Muskellunge managed water bodies in Iowa since the program began with two natural lakes being stocked with fingerlings in 1960. The Department's mission to provide unique angling opportunities in geographically distributed natural lakes and impoundments has resulted in four natural lakes and nine reservoirs/impoundments that are currently being managed for Muskellunge in Iowa. The status of the Muskellunge fishery in Iowa is reviewed in this plan along with current management concerns for both natural lakes and reservoirs/impoundments. Although the Muskellunge program goals have remained the same, specific objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives have been revised and are outlined in this plan to provide a framework to guide Muskellunge management and culture efforts. The plan also serves as a tool to help manager's communicate Muskellunge biology, the history of Muskellunge culture, management, and research in Iowa, and the direction of the program to interested anglers. Ultimately, the success of Iowa's Muskellunge program can be attributed to interested angler groups and their support for the program, as well as the hard work and dedication of past and present culture, management and research personnel of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. iii
doi:10.13140/rg.2.2.32430.46400 fatcat:lknl6475fvenpa5a5wry7tnuzi