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Anglers' mail survey reveals 88 million fish caught in 2006-07

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Anglers caught 88.2 million fish in Wisconsin during the 2006-07 license year.

They released nearly two-thirds, according to results of a statewide mail survey.

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The surveys were sent out every two weeks to 2,500 anglers randomly selected from the automated database of current license holders.

Anglers spent more than 71 million hours on the water, and although walleye was their targeted fish, they caught more panfish than anything else, according to Brian Weigel, Department of Natural Resources fisheries researcher.

Lake Michigan was the most popular water to fish, with 6 percent of angler trips, followed by Lake Winnebago, the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin River.

The top 10 waters accounted for only 26 percent of angler trips. The state has 15,081 lakes and 42,000 miles of river.

Ice anglers spent 15.2 million hours fishing, caught 14 million fish and kept 6.5 million.

Top-targeted fish, by fish group, followed by number of fish caught and number harvested:

  • All panfish -- 57,728,758 : 25,732,346.
  • Walleye -- 7,068,112 : 2,155,626.
  • All bass -- 10,073,286 : 550,335.
  • All trout -- 1,615,190 : 497,783.
  • Muskellunge -- 223,101 : 12,493.
  • Northern pike -- 3,158,927 : 621,700.
  • Catfish -- 777,094 : 535,658.
  • Other -- 7,580,707 : 2,983,290.
  • Total fish -- 88,228,175 : 33,089,231.

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