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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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The team of Travis Smith, left, and Chad Rudie caught the biggest musky of the 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge. It measured 46.5 inches and was caught on Crescent Lake.
Jacob friede/lakeland times The team of Travis Smith, left, and Chad Rudie caught the biggest musky of the 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge. It measured 46.5 inches and was caught on Crescent Lake.
Friday, September 27, 2019 7:29 AM
The 38th annual Hodag Musky Challenge, sponsored by Shoeder’s RV and Marine, was held last weekend on Rhinelander area lakes, and it was a tale of two very different days. (subscriber access)
  • As I come back to the paper for my first full week, I cannot help but think how much has changed, but, at the same time, how much has stayed the same. (subscriber access)
  • Mark your calendars for the Sayner Star Lake Lions Ice Fishing Tournament to beheld on Plum Lake on Feb. 8 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and are available at Sayner Pub, Up North Traders, Mar-Li’s, Webers, Murmuring Waters and 70 West Body Shop. 
  • The 12th annual Frozen Tozen Fishing Tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 1 on Boulder Lake. Anglers will be competing for cash prizes for individual and team categories, adult and junior divisions. 
  • Free fishing weekend is upon us, and what better time to Fish Like a Girl! Or a guy. Or a German Shepherd, for that matter. (subscriber access)

  • Northwoods Muskies Inc. presents Kids Ice Fishing Day at Mielke Bay on Big Arbor Vitae Lake from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.
  • I was on the ice a few weeks ago and conditions were as expected.

    There was well over a foot of snow, followed by a few inches of slush, and then about seven inches of ice, which I was comfortable with. (subscriber access)
  • It has been an odd winter. As I write this the snowmobile trail across Birch Lake remains closed; the ice can’t be trusted. Over the weekend three snowmobilers broke through on Lake Nokomis; two died.
  • Ice fishing report
    The trickiest part of the ice fishing season thus far has been the ice itself. Almost since it formed on area lakes it’s been under a thick blanket of heavy, insulating snow which has resulted in stressed out, inconsistent ice. (subscriber access)
  • On Saturday, Feb. 1, the 12th annual Frozen Tozen Ice Fishing Tournament will take place on Boulder Lake. Anglers will be competing for cash prizes: $300 for the largest fish, $100 for the most accumulated inches to adult entrants, $100 for the most accumulated inches to junior entrants and $100 for the most accumulated inches to a team.
  • At this month’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting, the board unanimously approved and gratefully accepted a $50,000 donation from Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT) for enhanced law enforcement on the Minocqua chain of lakes. (subscriber access)
  • One more year of closure on Minocqua chain proposed at public meeting
    There was a full house on hand at the Woodruff Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to hear results from a 2019 spring walleye population estimate conducted on Lake Minocqua and Lake Kawaguesaga by members of the Headwaters Basin chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT) and biologists from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). (subscriber access)
  • Mercer Muskie Madness continues its mission
    Headquartered out of the Gateway Lodge, the 2019 Mercer Muskie Madness tournament was held last Friday and Saturday on Mercer area lakes. Twenty-one muskies were caught after 37 teams took to the water for two days of competitive fishing, and those two days were drastically different. (subscriber access)
  • When the Minocqua chain will open up for walleye harvest has been one of the most pressing questions concerning local fishing as of late and a public input meeting planned for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Woodruff Town Hall will go a long way in answering that. (subscriber access)
  • A guide to fishing and happiness
    Bob “Mepp’s” Bertch comes from a long line of fishermen: his father fished, as did his father’s father. Bertch’s father and grandfather taught him to fish at a young age. (subscriber access)
  • Windy weather for 4th annual Boulder Junction Lions Club Walleye Classic
    Braving heavy rain and wind, nine teams turned out for the fourth annual Boulder Junction Lions Club Walleye Classic held last weekend on Boulder Junction township lakes. But despite tough conditions, 58 walleyes were caught during the two day tournament. (subscriber access)
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