ASHLAND, Wis. — A "ghost gill net" found in Lake Superior's
A boater tipped the DNR after discovering the net east of
A gill net has mesh openings that snare fish by the gills as they swim into it, and prevents them from backing out.
Steve Schram, fisheries team supervisor with the Department of Natural Resources, said the commercial fishing net in some 70 feet of water was 600 to 800 feet long and had no markings to identify the owner.
"You just can't imagine the smell. It's absolutely horrible," said Schram.
"You've got to wear gloves and make sure it doesn't get anywhere in the boat or even on your skin, because once that smell is there, you never get rid of it."
DNR research technician Scott Hulse was on the boat with Schram when they went to retrieve the net Monday.
For the past few years the state's commercial fishery program has required gill nets to have identification numbers, Hulse said. The DNR has urged that the