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One fish, two fish
Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company Environmental Affairs Director Cathy Wendt (left) records length, sex and approximate age data for fish caught while netting on the Minocqua chain of lakes. DNR Fisheries Biologist John Kubisiak (right) makes a fin clipping on each gamefish caught in nets as part of the spring population estimates.Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company Environmental Affairs Director Cathy Wendt (left) records length, sex and approximate age data for fish caught while netting on the Minocqua chain of lakes. DNR Fisheries Biologist John Kubisiak (right) makes a fin clipping on each gamefish caught in nets as part of the spring population estimates.
Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

Biologists were busy last week making baseline population estimates of walleye and other gamefish in Kawaguesaga, Minocqua and Tomahawk lakes while the fish are spawning near shore. The population estimates will serve as a starting point in a 10-year study of the Minocqua chain of lakes walleye fishery. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015


Lake chains, cranes and butterflies

The results from the April 13 spring hearing questions have been tallied and posted, giving insight into the priorities and opinions of Wisconsin citizens. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

Say what you will about football parties, March Madness brackets, the World Cup and Le Tour, but baseball is unquestionably the most romantic professional sport in the world. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

It appears that the most consistent thing about April, 2015 is its inconsistency. However, personally looking back over my past seven plus decades of experiencing April in northern Wisconsin, inconsistency is a word that fits most Aprils. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

I think of spring frogs more as a band than a choir because, to my ear anyway, their calls sound more like instruments than voices. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 25-May 2
What's good in the woods? (Public access)
Friday, April 24, 2015

Natural Resources Board retains authority

The Joint Committee on Finance removed a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget that would have stripped the Natural Resources Board of its policymaking and rule-making authority. (Subscriber access)

 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Walleyes, turkey and accountability

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on April 8 approved an emergency rule changing the agency’s approach to walleye management in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Ice out across the state

April has come and, as Paul Simon wrote, streams are ripe and swell with rain. Almost all inland waters across the state are opening up, including those in northcentral, northeast and northwestern Wisconsin, signaling a frenzy of activity by both animals and humans taking advantage of the thaw. (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

“I feel physically uncomfortable out of the trees,” I said. It has come to this, as I feel my shoulders relax driving north into our canopied corner of the world. My wife, Elisabeth, looks at me bewildered with an expression that screams, I’ve created a monster! (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

As I begin this column, the date is April 4, and spring continues to slowly stumble its way into the Northwoods, seemingly unable to decide if it should arrive or continue to leave Old Man Winter in control of the weather! However, having lived up-north in Vilas County for nearly eight decades, what we are experiencing weather-wise is not all that unusual for early April. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

One thing the winter ice is good for is making sure we don’t take our lakes for granted. The opening of the water is like a reunion with a beloved friend. And the official welcome is the putting in of the pier. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Summer in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Unplug and reconnect to the largest expanse of public lands under one ownership in northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Timber Breeze Resort to hold inaugural walleye tournament

Timber Breeze Resort will host its first annual walleye tournament June 6-7 on Butternut Lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 18-25
What's happening in the great outdoors. (Public access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

Natural Resources Board approves walleye rule

The Natural Resources Board voted Wednesday to approve an emergency rule implementing a three-walleye bag limit in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory and a catch-and-release walleye fishery on the Minocqua chain of lakes. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearing April 13

Public hearings will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in all 72 Wisconsin counties. The spring hearings provide individuals an opportunity to help shape natural resource management through non-binding votes and testimony on proposed rule changes. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled
The thermometer on the dashboard of my truck registered a balmy two degrees — which was rather chilly for March 28 — as I eased my vehicle down a fairly steep, slippery grade into the public launch site on the east side of Lake Gogebic in Michigan’s U.P. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

The ice still hangs around on many of our lakes, but beneath it, an annual ritual has begun. Northern pike are starting to stage for spawning. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Bald eagles dine on winterkill fish on Blockhouse Lake
Ice breakup on Blockhouse Lake in Price County brought many bald eagles this past week to feed on winterkill fish. (Public access)
Friday, April 10, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 11-28
Outdoor events for the month of April. (Public access)
Friday, April 10, 2015


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