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Wisconsin Fish Technical Assistance

  • Dan DembkowskiAssisted Wisconsin DNR personnel in south-central Wisconsin with implantation of acoustic transmitters in common carp and deployment of acoustic receivers to help determine effectiveness of an electric barrier to prevent carp movement in the Oconomowoc River. (August 2018 - August 2018)
  • Dan IsermannAssisting U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin DNR personnel in designing a telemetry-based study to determine movements of northern pike in southern Green Bay. (June 2018 - Present)
  • Dan DembkowskiAssisted Wisconsin DNR personnel in hiring process for a lake sturgeon habitat biologist and data base manager. (March 2018 - May 2018)
  • Wes LarsonAnalyzed brook trout genetic data and gave a presentation to DNR biologists detailing results of brook trout genetics study (March 2018 - September 2018)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Jessica Pruden USFWS Lansing with planning potential propagation strategies for the Northern DPs of Copperbelly Watersnake (literature review on phone conference) (January 2018 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Wisconsin DNR drafting genetic management units for state fisheries genetic management plan. (January 2018 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAttended meeting with WDNR biologists and musky angler clubs to discuss the utility of genetics for managing musky populations in Central Wisconsin (January 2018 - January 2018)
  • Wes LarsonDiscussed the utility of genetics for managing Muskellunge in Wisconsin at a meeting of musky club executives arranged by the WDNR (January 2018 - January 2018)
  • Dan IsermannAssisted Wisconsin DNR personnel with designing a tag return study for lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. (January 2018 - Present)
  • Dan DembkowskiCompleted or working on age assessments of smallmouth bass, walleye, lake whitefish, and lake trout for Wisconsin DNR personnel around the state. (January 2018 - Present)
  • Dan IsermannProvided Wisconsin DNR Northern Pike Management team with information on age estimation protocols to help formulate statewide collection of calcified structures in 2018. (January 2018 - Present)
  • Dan DembkowskiWICFRU staff completed OTC mark detection for walleye stocking evaluations occurring in several Wisconsin lakes. We also provided OTC mark detection for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. (January 2018 - Present)
  • Dan IsermannOrganized Symposia; Use of Acoustic Telemetry to Inform Fisheries Management across Midwestern U.S. and Canada, 79th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Cleveland, OH. ( 2018 - 2018)
  • Dan IsermannAssisted USGS personnel at the Columbia Environmental Research Center with design of an age estimation workshop for bighead and silver carp. (January 2018 - July 2018)
  • Dan IsermannAssisting USGS personnel with the Great Lakes Science Center with design and implementation of an age and growth workshop focused on estimating the age of prey fish in the Great Lakes Basin. (January 2018 - March 2018)
  • Wes LarsonAnalyzed 50 walleye from the Taal Lake hatchery for Dave Giehtbrock with the goal of determining whether the fish were of Lake Michigan or Rock/Fox origin. (November 2017 - December 2017)
  • Dan DembkowskiConducted a pilot examination of lake whitefish diets in the Fox River for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (November 2017 - January 2018)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to update stocking and genetic management plan for panfish (October 2017 - Present)
  • Dan IsermannHelped to secure a $200,000 endowment from Walleyes for Tomorrow donated to the Fisheries Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This endowment will be used to fund undergraduate research on campus that is related to walleye management. (September 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to update statewide fisheries genetic management plan (August 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to improve genetic baseline of brook trout across Wisconsin (June 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonUsed microsatellite data to determine the genetic ancestry of sauger populations in Lake Winnebago. For Adam Nickel Oshkosh Office. (June 2017 - September 2017)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to update genetic management plan for muskellunge (May 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted the Wisconsin DNR to help select broodstock lakes for musky in northern Wisconsin (April 2017 - April 2017)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted WDNR to identify new broodstock sources for musky and ensure that propagated fish retain sufficient diversity (April 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Justin VanDeHey with identifying the genetic stock of origin of sturgeon captured in the St. Louis River (March 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to determine the genetic diversity in wild, F1, and F2 hatchery crosses of Brook Trout (March 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssist Dan Isermann with genetic larval ID of larval samples captured in northern Wisconsin (February 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR to determine whether walleye captured in Pewaukee Lake are of wild or hatchery origin (February 2017 - March 2017)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting with the baseline genetic sampling plan for the Boardman River Fish Passage project with the goal of understanding existing genetic structure and diversity. (January 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Wisconsin DNR with a project to investigate the reproductive success of walleye captured from Sanford Lake in northern Wisconsin (January 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonWorked with Scott Hansen at the Wisconsin DNR to determine the genetic structure of smallmouth bass across Wisconsin with a focus on Green Bay (January 2017 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Zach Peterson at Bob Lusk outdoors with genetic analysis of largemouth bass from private ponds in Texas (January 2017 - June 2017)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Wisconsin DNR to determine whether walleye stocked in the Manitowish Chain in northern Wisconsin were of native origin (October 2016 - December 2017)
  • Wes LarsonGave two presentations on brook trout genetics to the brook trout species team for the WDNR to inform broodstock selection and genetic conservation of brook trout in Wisconsin. Also participated in meetings to plan future brook trout propagation and consulted on propagation management plans. (July 2016 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Wisconsin DNR with a project investigating the survival of native and non-native musky strains that have been stocked into Lake Wissota. (July 2016 - August 2016)
  • Wes LarsonAnalyzed walleye population structure in Green Bay (July 2016 - July 2016)
  • Wes LarsonAssist UWSP professor, Justin VanDeHey, determine growth potential and genetic diversity of yellow perch in South Dakota. (July 2016 - June 2017)
  • Wes LarsonScreened musky broodstock for staff at Wild Rose hatchery to inform mating crosses (July 2016 - July 2016)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Jessica Pruden, USFW, East Lansing, MI, with the interpretation of two manuscripts involving the population genetics of copperbelly water snake for the five year review of the recovery plan for the northern population segment of the copperbelly water snake (Nerodia erythogaster neglecta). (April 2016 - April 2016)
  • Wes LarsonAssist the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sequence seven loci from the mitochondrial genome in seven species of salmon to construct species specific assays. (April 2016 - July 2016)
  • Wes LarsonAssisting Dan Iserman, WICFRU, and Mike Donofrio, WDNR, with identifying the genetic stock of origin of lake sturgeon captured on the Menominee River (April 2016 - Present)
  • Wes LarsonAssisted Wisconsin DNR to determine whether walleye caught in Lake Geneva were of hatchery or wild origin (April 2016 - February 2017)
  • Dan IsermannWICFRU students and staff implanted 30 acoustic transmitters into lake whitefish in Green Bay and the Menominee River as a pilot project. Subsequent locations of these fish provided interesting information on the movements of lake whitefish and this information is being used to secure additional funding to study whitefish movements. (October 2015 - October 2015)
  • Dan IsermannHelp the WDNR continue to address the potential effects of harvest regulations on largemouth bass populations by adding simulations for three additional lakes. (May 2015 - December 2016)
  • Dan DembkowskiAssist the WDNR with comparison of lake sturgeon growth rates estimated from fin rays and mark-recapture. (March 2015 - December 2016)
  • Dan IsermannWICFRU students and staff provided extensive assistance on an evaluation of muskellunge stocking being conducted by WDNR and the Fisheries Propagation Science Center at UWSP. These efforts included fin-clipping and tagging muskellunge at Wild Rose Fish Hatchery as well as conducting electrofishing surveys on several Wisconsin lakes to capture stocked fish. (September 2014 - October 2014)
  • Dan IsermannStaff and students assisted WDNR personnel in processing sport fish captured in a commercial seine operation on Lake Butte des Morts in November 2013. (November 2013 - November 2013)
  • Dan IsermannWorked with Andrew Muir (Great Lakes Fishery Commission) to complete a project examining the accuracy of daily growth rings in otoliths for estimating hatch timing of lake whitefish. (October 2013 - January 2015)
  • Brian SlossGenetic identification of suspected moronid fish. (August 2012 - August 2012)
  • Brian SlossGenetic identity of fish stomach contents. (June 2012 - Present)
  • Brian SlossProvided guidance for College of Natural Resource's Environmental Microbiology Analysis and Research Laboratory (EMARL). (January 2011 - Present)
  • Brian SlossPopulation genetics of the thermally dimorphic fungal pathogen, Blastomyces dermatitidis (January 2009 - Present)
  • Brian SlossGenetic diversity of lake whitefish in lakes Michigan and Huron; sampling, standardization, and research priorities (February 2008 - January 2010)
  • Brian SlossFish Genetics Workshop, Wisconsin American Fisheries Society Sponsored (February 2005 - February 2005)
  • Brian SlossProgram Review of Muskellunge Propagation, WDNR 2005 (January 2005 - January 2005)
  • Brian SlossInvited and participaed as a member of the Lake Michigan Lake Sturgeon Technical Committee. Provided insight and recommendations into genetic concerns related to Lake Sturgeon rehabilitation effords (September 2003 - September 2003)
  • Brian SlossInvited to and attended WI DNR's Annual Fish Propagation Meeting wherer I discussed genetic principles and quidelines with various agency personnel (August 2003 - August 2003)
  • Brian SlossInvited to and attended WI DNR Fish and Habitat Quarterly Meeting where I fielded questions and provided feedback to questions from DNR employees regarding genetic concerns of the program (April 2003 - April 2003)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 6

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 148


Contact Us

Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897 Phone: (715) 346 - 2178 Fax: (715) 346 - 3624 Our University Web Site

Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  3. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources