IDNR biologists conducted an annual, spring trap net survey on Jim Edgar Panther Creek
State Fish and Wildlife Area's Prairie Lake to assess the muskie population on 3/26 - 3/28.
They collected a total of 47 muskie in 48 trap net nights measuring up to 47.0" and weighing
up to 36.8 lbs. They collected 23 females and 24 males with 3 fish weighing over 30 lbs. All
fish were in excellent body condition.
IDNR started conducting a population estimate and age and growth study on Prairie Lake muskie in 2016 using PIT tags (Passive Integrated Transponder), which are small electronic tags that have a unique ID number that allow them to identify individual fish. They are inserted near the dorsal fin of the fish and can only be located and read by a PIT tag reader. During the 2018 spring survey, we collected 34 new fish and 13 recaptures (1 fish was captured three years in a row).
Prairie Lake Muskies
Pictured are a 46.4" - 33.8 lb fish on the left and a 45.3" - 26.9 lb fish on the right.
Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery
These 10-15 pound musky females trap netted at North Spring Lake will spawn 700,000 eggs.
They will be raised to 11 inch fish and stocked this September in Illinois waters. Watch in
HD for the best viewing.
Narrated by Steve Krueger, Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery