Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Fishery Project

Determining the efficacy of genetic broodstock management of muskellunge in Wisconsin

January 2012 - June 2014


Participating Agencies

  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

In Wisconsin, muskellunge Esox masquinongy have been propagated for over 70 years as part of a comprehensive management plan to provide angling opportunities and develop trophy fisheries. However, more recently concerns exist regarding the genetic integrity and long-term viability of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (WDNR) propagation program. To address these concerns, starting in 2005, the WDNR muskellunge propagation program underwent a series of strategic modifications aimed at protecting the contemporary genetic integrity of populations and ensuring the long-term sustainability of muskellunge. Following implementation a critical evaluation to determine how successful these new genetic broodstock guidelines have been at maintaining genetic diversity and effective population size (Ne) of stocked muskellunge is critical. Additionally, from a conservation genetics standpoint, it is critical to identify at what life stages, if any, bottlenecks in genetic diversity are occurring.

Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Woiak, Z. 2014. Determining the efficacy of Wisconsin's muskellunge genetic broodstock managment plan. M.S. Thesis. Univeristy of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 100 p. August 2014