Musky America Magazine November Edition

GOALS & OBJECTIVES OF CFMS-Y2 The goal of the study team is to radio-tag a total of 20 Muskies for the CFMS-Y2 during the fall fishing season of 1999 and the spring phase of the 2000 musky season. All of the Muskies of the CFMS-Y2 will be caught using single-hooked suckers and only Muskies that are hooked in the throat or deeper will be included in the study and fitted with a radio-tag. The radio-tags attach to the musky just beneath the dorsal fin. The hooks that are being used will range from the round type to the square variety, in sizes ranging from 10/0 to 14/0, and will vary in makeup from bronze-color steel to stainless steel. The leader material includes nylon/plastic-coated steel and the standard non-coated leader. The Muskies that will be radio-tagged will range from undersized and up. (The legal size limit on the Chippewa Flowage is 34 inches.) An attempt will be made to utilize equal numbers of males and females for the study. The Muskies of the CFMS-Y2 were not tracked until after the closing of the 1999 musky fishing season. NEW RADIO TELEMETRY TAGS The CFMS-Y1 utilized the most technologically advanced external radio tags available during the spring of 1998. The CFMS-Y1 radio-tags lasted an average of nine months. This nine-month life span more than met the objectives of the study's first year. But, for the CFMS-Y2, it was apparent that a ninemonth tag would not meet the objectives. After much urging from the CFMS-Y2 team, the radio-tag manufacturer developed a longer-lasting, state-of-the-art tag that is guaranteed to last 400 days, and most likely 600 days. This new type of radio-tag exceeds the requirements of the CFMS-Y2 and allows the door