Electro-fishing, Good or Bad??

UPDATE 10/20/2013 – Now the DNR is posting photos of big walleye they shocked up in the same area where I saw them. I should be catching these fish but can’t since they keep shocking them every week. There photo shows 2 guys holding up three fish, which is hard on fish anyway the way they are holding them, but they are all smiles like fisherman enjoying a great day. But they are not fisherman, they are not getting paid to enjoy themselves electro fishing in a free boat. They should leave our fish alone and go study somewhere that needs studies.


They do it for a pay check, thats what one DNR researcher told me when I followed them asking questions while they were shocking. They do it for the fun, as the photo shows. Technically they do it for studies, which are worthless. They tag some, insert transmitters, measure and weigh them – for what reason I haven’t a clue. These 2 pools get so much fishing pressure they have a slot limit. So what do they do? They shock fish and tell fisherman where they are. The reality is, those fish disappear and can’t be caught. They did it to the rock river and the fish never did come back. This photo tells the whole story. They get paid to have fun and get a free boat to use. they don’t have to try to lure the fish to bite, the fish don’t have a choice. It is fishing by way of cheating. They are the worst sportmen around and hurt fish and fisherman

They also target walleye because they are easy pickens. They are on wingdams. Going after bass or other fish is too much work, they want the easy fish. Once they find them, they keep shocking and shocking until there is no more.


Pool 13 and 14 – I ram up river 20 miles today to fish a series of wingdams. The first one had some local pull up at the same time so we had to share the wingdam (it was a big one). He said he caught a 27″ walleye up river where I was headed. I went as far as I was going to and then planned to work my way down stream to let the wingdams settle after the locals burned them all morning. Some of those locals that have cabins along the river are out there every morning. I saw a boat head out below but didn’t think they would hurt too much because it looked like a pontoon boat. I headed down river to fish a series of four wingdams that are popular and I usually catch fish on. Then I saw the boat, it was the DNR in one of their big electro-fishing boats and he was shocking wingdams. Well I ran all they way for nothing. These guys too seem to be out there about everyday. One guy was running the boat, he would run over the wingdam and then back up and run over in the next section. Two guys were netting fishing, so they could do their tagging, surgery or keep to trade for some turkeys or what every they do with those fish. I have caught fish with radio trackers in them and it is disgusting. They have this huge transmitter surgically inserting into their belie with an antenna stick out. This should be outlawed if you ask me, what good purpose does it serve? These pools are the worst fishing of any pools north or south. People in Muskatene are catching more fish than what we do around here. It’s bad enough we get way too much pressure, but with fishing pressure the fish don’t always bite, that’s why they survive, but with electro fishing they don’t need to feed, they just float belly up. If they survive this shocking them become sterile and wont reproduce studies have shown. It is a way of going fishing to them, only they get paid for it and get a free boat and free gas. They take pictures showing off their catch with other DNR guys. They feel guilty so they like to tell fisherman where they shocked so many fish. Now how is that protecting our natural resources?

This is Iowa DNR. They have been doing studies for decades. I first ran into them while night fishing at Beliview Ia. back in the late 70’s. They ran me off the water. There was dozens of fisherman, if not hundreds that fished the tail waters during the day, and at night the DNR was out shocking fish. So guys that wondered what happened to the fish, this is it. They have been shocking the Rock River for decades as well. When the fish quit biting it’s because they had been recently shocked. After I kept complaining about it, they started shocking at night but I saw them do that too. They have been known to remove fish and trade them for birds in Wisconsin, taking out our Flathead and Bass.


About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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