Town of Ettrick Claims Two State Fish Records For 2007

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Anglers in 2007 continued their record setting ways, with Ettrick, population 1,879, grabbing more than its fair share as two anglers from the town set new records for fish caught with a bow and arrow.

  • Nicole Brunner of Ettrick established an initial record using a bow and arrow to catch a 3-pound, 5.9-ounce, and 19.5-inch gizzard shad in the Mississippi River, Trempealeau County on April 22.
  • Jason Cichy of Necedah hauled in a 10-pound, 7.2-ounce, 25.25-inch-long quillback carpsucker from the Wisconsin River in Juneau County on March 17, bettering the existing record by just over 10 ounces.
  • Andrew Volkmann of Wellesley, Mass., reeled in a 2-pound, 2.9-ounce, 19.5-inch- long kokanee salmon in Menominee County’s Upper Bass Lake on Aug.14, beating the previous record by 9 ounces.
  • Nickolas Smitala of Ringle also hooked a 2-pound, 8.2-ounce, 19.5-inch-long kokanee salmon in Upper Bass Lake, Menominee County, on Sept. 1, which bettered the existing record established two weeks earlier, by more than 5 ounces.
  • Brandon Gann of Sparta used a bow and arrow to capture a 62-pound, 9.6-ounce, 49-inch-long bigmouth buffalo on April 23 from the Wisconsin River in Juneau County that beat the previous record by nearly 10 ounces.
  • Hunter Folkedahl of Ettrick caught a 10-pound, 15.7-ounce, 31.5-inch-long bowfin with a bow and arrow from the Mississippi River in Buffalo County on Aug. 24 to beat the previous record by over 3.5 pounds.

Details on other state record fish caught in Wisconsin can be found on the DNR Web site.

What to do if you think you’ve caught a state record fish

If you think you or someone else has caught a fish that may be a state record, here’s what you need to do:

  • Don’t clean or, if at all possible, freeze the fish
  • Keep the fish cool, on ice
  • Get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (usually found in grocery, hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer

Contact the nearest DNR Service Center to get the fish species positively identified and to find out whether the fish is actually a state record. If possible, take a photo of you holding your prize catch and e-mail it or mail it in to the DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management, Box 7921, Madison, Wis., 53707, in care of Karl Scheidegger. E-mail to Karl [dot] Scheidegger [at] wisconsin [dot] gov

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Scheidegger – (608) 267-9426