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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, August 17, 2018 2:29 AM
Chris Skowronski is from Batavia, Ill., but has been coming to the Northwoods with his wife since 2007. A life-long avid fisherman, Skowronski enjoys the many lakes the Northwoods has to offer. (subscriber access)
  • Annual National Championship Musky Open results
    The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, have announced the results of the 33rd annual National Championship Musky Open.  (subscriber access)
  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft version of an updated statewide aquatic invasive species management plan, which is used to set management priorities within the state. (subscriber access)
  • Chris Skowronski has good luck with Northwoods smallmouth
    Chris Skowronski is from Batavia, Ill., but has been coming to the Northwoods with his wife since 2007. A life-long avid fisherman, Skowronski enjoys the many lakes the Northwoods has to offer. (subscriber access)
  • Last weekend the 3rd annual Veterans on the Water bass tournament was held on the Minocqua chain. There were 23 boats in the tournament, each a two-person team. Many of the veterans and anglers returned from last year, but there were several new faces as well. The tournament is free to veterans, with the boaters paying the $100 entry fee and, in some cases, even supplying gear and life jackets. (subscriber access)
  • Bear Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District commissioners ready to propose budget
    The commissioners of the Bear Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District met for a regular meeting last weekend in preparation for the annual meeting in September. One of the items on the agenda was a budget review. (subscriber access)
  • AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) Snapshot Day takes place across the state on Aug. 18. This day takes a special spin on looking for invasive species. I have been lucky enough to be able to participate in the past, and I look forward to participating again this year. (subscriber access)
  • 'Hydrotherapy': Arbor Vitae Marine 
celebrates 35 years in Lakeland area
    What started as a family business in the Lakeland area now continues as one of the area's oldest sport and boat dealerships, Arbor Vitae Marine. (subscriber access)
  • In my last two weekly columns I reminisced about my youthful urge to locate small, back in the boonies lakes that were seldom fished, as additional options other than fishing a hand full of more popular lakes day after day, and week after week. As mentioned, my era of exploration spanned the second half of the 1950s through the very early 1970s.
  • In 2015, the Hodag Musky Challenge moved to a Judge Boat scoring format. Historically the HMC has been a transport, lake station tournament. To continue the Judge Boat scoring format, volunteers are needed to man judge boats and register fish over the tournament weekend, Sept. 21-23, on a variety of Rhinelander area lakes.
  • Join P.J. Liesch, Extension entomologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for a walk to discover the insects of Kemp Station.
  • 42nd annual World Musky Hunt set for August
    The 42nd annual World Musky Hunt will be held Aug. 23-25 in Lake Tomahawk. This year over 50 past hunters and 21 contestants will gather for the annual event. Contestants will be fishing with their selected guides on the Lake Tomahawk chain of lakes. This year seven teams will be a mix from a retired military team, and an all-brother team from Chicago, two Kwik Trip teams and other teams from throughout the state. (subscriber access)
  • Charlie Baker Memorial Tournament celebrates 30 years
    The Charlie Baker Memorial Tournament was started 30 years ago by a few men who worked at the papermill in Rhinelander. It was originally titled the Moens Lake Musky Tournament. The second year of the tournament, after Baker had passed away, the tournament was renamed in his honor. (subscriber access)
  • As a tournament angler, I am big on catch and release fishing. We do it at every tournament. We want all of the fish caught on any given day to go back into the water healthy and happy. That allows someone else to have the same fun catching them another day. (subscriber access)
  • The sport of fishing is comprised of numerous puzzle parts, one being, an angler never knows what might accidently end up on the end of their line. Sportspersons who are out looking and hoping for a specific species are often shocked or surprised what ends up in the landing net.
  • Last weekend I had the opportunity to fish Lake Winneconne for the first time. Fishing in the southern part of the state, to me, is a lot different than fishing up here. I grew up with our clear northern lakes as well as the darker flow ages. (subscriber access)
  • Once upon a time, many thousands of years ago, a huge, slow moving bulldozer ground it way south out of what is now Canada. This bulldozer was made of ice, in some places over a mile thick, and as it nudged ever southward, it pushed or carried with it millions of tons of sand, gravel, rock and gigantic boulders that were scrapped off what is now called the Canadian Shield. (subscriber access)
  • Effective immediately, the walleye bag limit on Anvil Lake in Vilas County is being reduced to zero-catch and release only. (subscriber access)
  • Memorial Day can signal the start of summer for tourists and kids who are ready to get out of school for the year. (subscriber access)
  • Veteran fish biologist and musky whisperer shares his musky fishing tips
    Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for a quarter-century and working in fisheries management for the state since 1999. (subscriber access)
  • Boulder Junction isn't called the Musky Capital of the World® for nothing. (subscriber access)
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