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Traveling Trails Less Traveled

Historically speaking – fads, traditions and eras come and go, some last for decades and die slowly while others only last for a small portion of a generation. (Subscriber accesss)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cieslica boats 45-incher
For years, James Cieslica, of Plato Center, Ill., has enjoyed time spent at his aunt and uncle Nancy and Frank Wackerlin’s cabin on a Vilas County lake.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

The Ojibwa called it Neeshoda Spee. The early white settlers named it The Big Two Hearted River. Earnest Hemingway immortalized the stream in a short story by the same name he published in 1925. Wifee Poo and I blundered into finding the historic river in June of 1992. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Big boat, little boat

I know the media often portrays outdoors pursuits as a redneck affair. But that's not really true. (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fishin' in the dark

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band makes it sound like a romantic adventure. I don’t know about the romantic part, but I do like occasionally fishin’ in the dark. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

School of 'gills

Bradford Paulson, of Mukwonago, has a cabin with his parents in Lake Tomahawk.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

Having spent nearly seven decades living Up North, I can truly and sincerely say the decade of the ‘50s was my favorite. It is my opinion the decade of the 50s was the time our nation reached its greatest grandeur – at least for folks living in the Northwoods. (Subscriber access)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Popp takes first in inaugural Northwoods Muskie Open

On June 28, the Northwoods Chapter of Muskies Inc. held its inaugural “Northwoods Muskie Open” muskie tournament, sponsored by The Musky Shop.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fish are biting in the Northwoods

Things are looking good for area and visiting anglers. The fish, for the most part, have been cooperative.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

Quite frequently, vacationers and even a few local residents seek different or unusual activities to enjoy that are often overlooked by the seekers or may be “best kept secrets. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Osfar, Raley win Eagle River PMTT event

Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center along with local Professional Musky Tournament Trail sponsors, welcomed 218 professional muskie anglers to the Eagle River area over the weekend of June 21-22.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

World Musky Hunt to be held Aug. 22-24

This year more than 50 past hunters and 21 contestants will gather in Lake Tomahawk for the 38th annual World Musky Hunt. The hunt will run from August 22 through August 24. Contestants will be fishing with their selected Guides on the Lake Tomahawk Chain of lakes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kayak fishing group seeks members, sponsors

One area group seeks to enjoy and promote a quiet water sport and is looking for others who are interested in the same.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

It’s easy to let time slip by and miss out on keeping in touch with old friends. And the older I get, it seems easier to keep putting off going to visit old friends. Recently I prodded myself into rekindling my relationship with a neighbor, who I became acquainted with nearly seven decades ago, but had not visited in almost a decade! Subscriber access

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


I saw a turkey just days ago alongside State Highway 47, a bit south of Lake Tomahawk.

Maybe this doesn’t seem remarkable, but this stretch of highway has yielded many turkey sightings during previous years, and very few this year. Subscriber access

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A fish story with picture to prove it

Now, dear reader, I am aware most fisherman are notorious liars, or at least great exaggerators. However, the story you are about to encounter is true; I have pictures to prove it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blue-green algae blooms appearing in southern lakes

Those heading out to lakes are advised to be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms beginning to form on lakes and ponds across the state. Reports show blooms are forming on southern lakes and will gradually appear northward as the summer months continue.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

Few folks would argue that fads, such as styles in clothing, automobiles, buzz words and much more trivia come and go with time. 

For anglers, there has been a continuous change and upgrades in what is considered basic fishing equipment. Subscriber access

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good bye, 'Little' Wally

If anything good comes out of losing a dear old friend, it’s that it causes you to pause and think about why that old friend was dear. Subscriber access

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A bass Saturday on Lake Minocqua

With full work and activity schedules, the Wiczek family seldom finds time to play together as a whole group of six.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Non-native pest affecting tamaracks

The Northwoods is currently experienceing an outbreak of larch casebearer, a pest which defoliates tamarack, causing them to appear brown. Subscriber access

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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