Anyone who likes reading about the “good old days” might enjoy this article from the Evening Telegram in April 1895. To read the article, click on Fishing on the Brule. This article was found in some of the historical information in the Brule DNR basement. Interesting stuff! This article downloads as a pdf files that…

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Researchers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have just published a comparative study of the reproductive success of wild fish and first-generation hatchery fish from a smolt stocking program that used broodstock from within the naturalized steelhead population in Minnesota’s Knife River, a tributary to Lake Superior. To read the abstract from the study…

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History of the Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Aquarium Project By Dennis Smet In the summer of 2000, Al Pribnow, a Brule River Sportsmen’s Club board member, came to a board meeting with information on salmon hatching projects that were taking place on both coasts of the U.S. and Canada. As a middle school science teacher at Central Middle…

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A century ago, conservation biologists believed there was little hope for Wisconsin to be a great fishing state. Today, however, the state boasts over 13,000 miles of trout stream, and one expert says it’s the “best of times” for trout fishing. Click on Wisconsin Trout to read the full story.

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In recent decades, warming temperatures have begun to threaten our freshwater fish and the thousands of outdoor recreation jobs that depend on them according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation (the Club is a member of the affiliated Wisconsin Wildlife Federation). Warming waters mean lost habitat for cold-water species, the likely encroachment…

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The climate crisis is changing the playing field for wildlife and action is needed to preserve America’s conservation legacy, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation (the Club is a member of the affiliated Wisconsin Wildlife Federation). The report examines case studies from across the country, illustrating how global warming is altering…

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Annual variability in steelhead numbers returning to the Brule river is large with the best runs following periods when large skipjack year classes occur in back to back years. Year class strength is dictated by a combination of stream and lake survival which can influence total returns dramatically. To see graphs for total steelhead and…

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During the mid 1970s to mid 1980s, prior to the installation of the lamprey barrier/fishway on the Brule River, anglers raised concern about a perceived declining steelhead population. After careful deliberation by state and concerned citizens, a stocking program utilizing Brule River strain fish was instituted. The initial stocking strategy was modeled after recent successful…

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