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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors : fishing March 23, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
To recap the introduction I used in last week's column, when I began this nine-part series, I'd like to remind my readers I plan on honoring not only the anglers I'll write about, but also give credit to all fishing guides, past and present that were/are responsible for helping promote fishing as a major part of the north's economy - tourism!
Friday, March 17, 2017


Inaugural Fishing with the Stars Open Water Tournament set for May 20
Kick off the open water fishing season at St. Germain's inaugural Fishing with the Stars Open Water Fishing Tournament on May 20. Enjoy a day tournament fishing on area lakes and have a chance to win half a day on the water with fishing legends John Gillespie, Pete Maina and Rob Manthei. 
Friday, March 17, 2017

Brennan wins top honors
Chuck Brennan of Crystal Lake, Ill,, right, receives a replica from Fittante Taxidermy in Antigo.
Friday, March 10, 2017

A summer catch
Roy Bodo of Deerfield Beach, Fla., also a part-time resident of Minocqua, caught and released this nice largemouth on an area lake last summer.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Carrol Lake ice fishing tournament benefits Angel on My Shoulder
This was the 12th year for the Custom Caretaking and Landscaping ice fishing tournament for Angel on My Shoulder. The first eight years the tournament were held on Brandy Lake, but, with the event growing in size and popularity ever year, it eventually outgrew Brandy Lake. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 3, 2017

Lake Tomahawk Fisheree gets kids off the couch and out onto the ice
The Lake Tomahawk Fisheree was held on the bay in Lake Tomahawk last Saturday. It was the 11th year for the event, and it gets bigger every year. The event was focused on families and taking kids fishing. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 24, 2017

Proposed walleye/bass/sunfish study causes mixed reactions
A public comment meeting regarding proposed study on walleye recruitment and populations was held at the Minocqua library last week. The study is spearheaded by the UW-Madison Center for Limnology. The goal of the study is to remove as many bass and sunfish as is practical from an area experimental lake "with the goals of increasing the number of surviving walleye recruits and improving walleye fishing in the lake in the long term." (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

41st annual Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree held on Boom Lake
Each year ice anglers look forward to fishing the Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree in February on Boom Lake and this year was no exception. The forecast looked windy for the weekend, but temperatures were on a warming trend. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Fish like a girl
I am not one to get out and ice fish much. I used to when I was much younger, but not any longer. That means my winters are filled with thinking about open-water fishing, planning my open-water fishing trips and working on and organizing tackle. I never seem to get the "organizing" part of that down, though. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Minocqua Chain to host four bass tournaments this summer
The Minocqua Chain has long been a favorite of bass anglers in northern Wisconsin. Between the deep, clear water of Lake Tomahawk and the structure-filled, cover-laden waters of Lake Minocqua, the chain offers places for every angler to fish his or her strengths. Both have access through great launch ramps and good numbers of fish. While the overall size seems to have decreased, the chain certainly has great numbers, and several anglers every tournament still find the big ones lurking in the shadows. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
Recently, a 73-year-old man near LaCrosse was found with over 2,500 pan fish in his freezer. When he appears in court, assuming he is found guilty, his forfeiture could be over $24,000. Apparently DNR wardens watched him catch 22 fish on Lake Onalaska one day, and return the next day to catch 25 more. They followed him to his house, where he initially refused to let them in. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 10, 2017

Rob Lemmer Memorial fishing tournament set for Feb. 18
The Rob Lemmer Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament and Brat and Chili Feed will be held on Lake Katherine on Saturday, Feb. 18. The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the tournament will go to Angel on my Shoulder - Team Lemmer. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2017

Let's Go Fishing thanks supporters for another great year
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing celebrated another great summer of bringing nature's healing to seniors, veterans, the disabled and children last month. The all-volunteer crews of the Let's Go Fishing pontoon boat took almost 40 trips last summer on their 32-foot pontoon boat and served 320 area residents. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 27, 2017

Want more walleye in Wisconsin lakes? We need your input
Walleye are a popular species for many Wisconsin anglers. Many lakes contain healthy numbers of walleye with good reproduction, but walleye populations are declining in some Wisconsin lakes.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Early trout season offers an angling alternative to ice fishing
Anglers have a great reason to celebrate the New Year thanks to the return of early trout season. The season started at 5 a.m. on Jan. 7 and runs until midnight May 5.
Friday, January 13, 2017

the lake where you live
Rock bass are present in many of our Wisconsin lakes. They are aggressive feeders. They are often found out in the same kinds of habitat as smallmouth bass. One thing they are not is bass. They are actually members of the sunfish family, with bluegills and pumpkinseeds. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 6, 2017

Walleye survey results for Minocqua chain show some promise, work still to be done
As part of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, walleyes have been stocked into the Minocqua Chain for the past few years. Lake Tomahawk was stocked in 2012 with large fingerlings, with Minocqua and Kawaguesaga being stocked in 2013 with large fingerling walleyes through the initiative for the first time. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Fish like a GIRL
There is nothing that bothers me more than adults who belittle and berate youth hunters and anglers. I have seen it again this deer season, and I think it is ridiculous. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Large musky found during dock removal
Kyle Cleveland of The Dock Shop in Arbor Vitae was taking his dock out of the water recently and found a 50-inch musky floating underneath it. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fish like a GIRL
While Dr. Kroll, the "deer czar" who recommended a "passive approach" to CWD in Wisconsin, has come under a great deal of fire and scrutiny, as the disease spreads seemingly unabated across the state, a white paper put out by Kroll last week shows a different picture of the disease than most are used to seeing. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016

DNR completes lake trout egg collection on Black Oak Lake Fish released, fertilized eggs sent to hatchery for rearing
Last week, the fisheries personnel from Woodruff and the Art Oehmke Fish Hatchery completely their annual lake trout spawning survey in Land O' Lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016


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