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Fish like a GIRL
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. TJ Dunn from Rhinelander. Many know him as a veterinarian, but he is also a scientist with a great deal of knowledge about a compound known as Triclosan. This antibacterial pesticide has been given a great deal of press in recent years for its detrimental effects, both to us and to the environment. Our discussion centered around environmental factors - more specifically, fish in our inland lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017


Let's Go Fishing kicks off season with fish fry, meat raffle
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing kicked off the 2017 season at Rocky's Roadhouse last Friday evening by serving fish fries to patrons of Rocky's. This was the fourth fundraiser Let's Go Fishing held at Rocky's Roadhouse, and plans are beginning for next year already. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2017

Fish like a girl
We all hear a great deal about aquatic invasive plants in the lakes and rivers. I know I talk about them often, but there are other invasive plants causing just as many problems on dry land. Luckily, there is an organization dedicated to dealing specifically with those plants and helping land owners to rid themselves of invasive pests. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
One of my long-time friends and I spent this year's fishing "opener" doing a lots of reminiscing, which in recent years has become more common than catching lots of fish. Tom and I started fishing the opener together back in the mid-1980s, so it needs not to be said we've seen quite a bit of water pass under our boats and canoes while fishing in a wide variety of weather conditions. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 26, 2017

Registration still open for Eagle River Spring Classic Muskie Tournament
The Spring Classic Catch and Release Muskie Tournament is still accepting applications. Hosted by the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc. the Classic is held on the Eagle River Chain each year and continues to grow in popularity.

According to tournament director Scott Samuels, the Classic had over 130 teams participate in 2016, and may very well see a full field of 150 boats this June.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mighty musky awaits anglers in northern Wisconsin
Plenty of big fish - including a 55-inch monster in Sawyer County - await anglers planning to fish the northern musky opener May 27, based on spring netting surveys in 2017 and angler reports from recent years.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Free Fishing Seminars begin May 27 in Boulder Junction
Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars this season. All seminars begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Locations change throughout the season, so please check the schedule. No reservations are necessary.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Big Catch
Paige Rezner of Oak Creek recently caught and released this 5-pound bass from an area lake.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
I would guess there are numerous dedicated outdoors enthusiasts like myself who have a fairly long list of favorite "annual events" they truly look forward to attending. For someone like myself, who has recently entered their eighth decade on planet Earth, each of those annual events takes on a more serious and special meaning with each passing year. (subscriber access)
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tribal walleye harvest numbers available
The harvest numbers from the 2017 spearing season recently became available, with six tribes reporting their harvest as of May 9; almost 39,000 fish were harvested through spearing by tribal members in 24 counties across northern Wisconsin. Reported musky harvest was 193 fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Spring walleye tournament slated for May 19-21
Some of the best fishing waters in northern Wisconsin await anglers registered for the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Walleye Tournament set for Friday to Sunday, May 19-21. This is the event's 26th year, and provides a wonderful start to spring and the fishing season. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Fishing Seminars begin May 27 in Boulder Junction
Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars this season. All seminars begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Locations change throughout the season, so please check the schedule. No reservations are necessary.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Disabled Veterans bass tournament moves to Lake Tomahawk
This will be the second annual Disabled Veterans tournament put on by Kris Hanes, a veteran himself and member of the Portage County Bass Anglers. Hanes held the inaugural tournament last year on Shawano Lake in Shawano and this year decided to move the tournament to the Northwoods. This is a team tournament with each veteran fishing with a partner. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Mixed reports on opening fishing weekend
With the high winds and cooler temperatures this past weekend, many anglers struggled to find fish. Many reports had walleyes still in the shallows in as little as three feet of water. Jeff Smith from J & J Sports in Lake Tomahawk said the reports had walleyes positioned near or just off the first breaks. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
Last weekend brought blue skies and bone-chilling winds, but many anglers braved the conditions to get out and scratch that fishing itch. As I drove around the area, I found the Tomahawk/Minocqua chain to be fairly quiet. I expected as much, as there is a no-harvest limit on walleye on the chain in an attempt to return the fishery to its former glory as a walleye angler's destination. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

The lake where you live
Last Saturday was the fishing season opener. I stayed off the water. The day dawned late-March cold with a stiff northeast wind and a crystal sky, about the worst conditions for walleye fishing one can imagine. So I didn't go out. No law says I have to. I'm no more obligated to fish on opening day than to drink to excess on New Year's Eve. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Family Fishing Fun Day held during free fishing weekend
In partnership with area organizations and businesses, Oneida County 4-H is once again sponsoring the annual Family Fishing Fun Day event from 9 a.m. to noon on June 3, at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Let's Go Fishing kicks off season with fish fry
Let's Go Fishing will be kicking off it's fifth year of serving residents of the Northwoods in just a few weeks. Each year the organization starts off with a kick off party to raise funds. This party will be at Rocky's Roadhouse on Highway P east of Rhinelander from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 5, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
It is that special time of year again, the weekend to which anglers across the state look forward to. Many lose sleep and toss and turn restlessly as visions of hooking into "the big one" bounce in our minds. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 5, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
Many decades ago, when fishing was the number one reason people drove, or traveled by train, to come "up north," it was common for multiple families to schedule their summer vacations year after year, at the same time at the same resort. Generally, those vacations spanned a week or more and those who could afford it often stayed a month and some of the ultra-wealthy stayed all summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 5, 2017

Traveling trails less traveled
Meeting new clients, and guiding them for the first time, is something like a first date. You never know if it will be "one and done" or develop into a longer and more serious relationship. Such was the case on the morning of July 12, 1967 when I arrived at Ed Gabe's Lost Lake Resort to pick up one of my annual musky fishing clients, Dick Crossett of Cincinnati, Ohio. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 28, 2017


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