Local walleye banquet nets profit
Wolf River Chapter supports efforts to protect area fishing
By John Faucher
The Wolf River Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow held their 23rd annual banquet at Crystal Falls in New London on Saturday, Aug. 15.
Wolf River Chapter Chairperson, Randy Schrader said that attendance was a bit less than previous years, but overall the banquet was successful.
“I greatly appreciate everyone that came out and supported us again this year,” said Schrader. “Their support for Walleyes for Tomorrow helps enhance fishing opportunities for present and future generations.”
In the past 23 years, Walleyes for Tomorrow has spent well over a million dollars on projects and resources to improve the quality of walleye fishing on the Wolf River and Winnebago System.
WTF also has also worked with other stakeholders in 25 Wisconsin counties to improve walleye and sauger fishing opportunities. They have supported the Department of Natural Resources through equipment purchases, research grants, scholarships, enforcement funding, as well as operating nine portable fish hatcheries.
Locally, WFT has invested over $158,000 on habitat restoration, construction and or improvements of spawning areas near New London.
Ongoing projects this year included contributions to purchase box culverts with Waupaca County along CTH X to replace four perched six-foot culverts.
The new culverts will help increase water flow into the Mukwa Spawning Marsh. Work on a bank cut at Rawhide will also include culvert replacement this summer.
Wolf River Chapter banquet date set for 2016
Schrader said plans are already in place for next year’s banquet to move back into the month of May.
“Next year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, May 12,” said Schrader. “We’ve tried moving it around to accommodate various schedules, but found it’s best to pick a date early and stay with it.”