Fish Fry Day: Jumpin’ Muskies

Well, we’ve once again made it to the day when fried fish dominates Wisconsin menus, which means it’s Fish Fry Day on the blog!
Every spring, fish all over the world feel the warming waters and head upstream to spawn. And every spring, millions of fish run into one insurmountable obstacle to their inner drive – dams.

A muskellunge tries to clear the Wingra Creek Dam in Madison, WI. Photo: Brenda Pracheil
A muskellunge tries to clear the Wingra Creek Dam in Madison, WI. Photo: Brenda Pracheil

Here in Madison, the Wingra Creek Dam is a good place to spot big muskies trying to leap their way into Lake Wingra. They’re not exactly champion jumpers of the fish world, but it’s still a cool display. Luckily for them (and folks who like to fish for them) other muskies have better luck in more accessible tributaries. This year’s run has wound down, but we’ve got some good shots to tide you over until next year.
Here’s an amazing slideshow of jumping muskies in Madison from M F Davis’s Flickr stream. And a nearly viral video taken right here in Madison!

 

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