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traveling trails less traveled: Hand lining
Buckshot Anderson photograph
Buckshot Anderson photograph

For a guy who has been wetting lines for over seven decades and was pretty sure he had "been there, done that" in just about every aspect connected with the sport of fishing, I signed up to try a method of fishing I had never heard about called hand lining, or as the old river anglers called it, "pulling wire."
Friday, April 22, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Fishing tournaments positively impact local economies
It is no secret there are many fishing tournaments in the Northwoods over the course of the summer. They range from weeknight $5 jackpot tournaments with three or four boats to large, full-scale events with 40 or 50 boats from all over the midwest. At the bigger tournaments, whether they are bass or walleye tournaments, it is easy to see how much money anglers put into their sport. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Opening weekend, 2016
My personal routine for opening weekend changed considerably when I retired from guiding after the 2012 season. For the previous 60 fishing seasons I always had clients in my boat opening weekend and we would fish various lakes or sometimes the Wisconsin River, depending on weather conditions. Generally, a traditional shore lunch at noon at some rustic shore side campsite would be included in the day's activities. There were also times when I would be part of a large group of anglers and guides which made many opening weekends one big fun filled party. Beginning in 2013 all that changed.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Tickets on sale now for Walleyes for Tomorrow banquet
The third annual Headwaters Basin Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow dinner banquet will be held June 9 at the White Oak Grill in Manitowish Waters. Only 225 tickets will be sold for the event. Tickets are $85 and are good for dinner as well as entry into the door prize drawings. Many prize boards will be available and there is something for everyone to win.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Let's Go Fishing in search of volunteer captains and first mates
The Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing is holding a training session for any interested volunteers on Wednesday, May 18. Let's Go Fishing keeps a 32-foot pontoon boat on Boom Lake and offers sight seeing excursions and fishing trips to seniors, veterans and disabled residents across the Northwoods. In order to make those trips a reality, Let's Go Fishing needs volunteers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Take Me Fishing offers great information for new anglers
As with most sports and outdoor activities, it can be hard to know how to get into fishing. People ask questions all the time: What kind of stuff do I need to get started? Where can I go? What should I fish for? When we watch all the TV shows and read the fishing magazines, there are so many techniques, so many different types of rods and reels and lures. How could anyone possibly know how to get started? (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage
Boom Lake and the Rhinelander Flowage are some of the most-used waters in the Rhinelander area. Anglers, boaters and other watercraft users flock to the 1,372-acre lake in the summertime and many people enjoy watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the lake as well. To say the lake is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike would be a solid statement. There are multiple boat landings by which to reach the Rhinelander Flowage and Boom Lake, with the largest and most popular being the Hodag Park Boat Ramp in downtown Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 13, 2016

Fishing Report: J & J Sports
Jeff Smith from J&J Sports in Lake Tomahawk said fishing was fairly good over the weekend. The wind kept some anglers from the success they were looking for, but overall, he said the people he talked to were happy to get out and they were satisfied with their results.
Friday, May 13, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Fishing and fun at the Fox
The sun broke through the clouds about noon, just a few minutes after John and I settled into our stream side lawn chairs after casting our baited hooks into the stained water of the Fox River. It was hard for me to believe two years had passed since I last had the opportunity to fish in the historic Fox with my friend John Keipe, and in past years many other catfish anglers.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Saturday and anglers across the state are ready to hit the water. It is an exciting time for many anglers and the outlook for fishing this year is very good. There are a few changes and new items anglers should know about, as well as some reminders to have a great fishing season.

Go Wild licensing system

This year the DNR has moved to a system they call the Go Wild licensing system. With this system, an angler can get their license online and be ready to head out on the water in a matter of minutes. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Launch ramp etiquette
Opening weekend of fishing means so much to so many people. To some people, it means being frustrated at the landing by people who just do not seem to understand launch ramp etiquette. Anyone who has spent half an hour waiting to launch or waiting to load the boat knows what I'm talking about. Chances are good most of the people reading this column do very well at launch ramps. Changes are also good most of the people reading have experienced this frustration. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fishing for data
Walleye numbers in area lakes are of great interest to many different stakeholders - from resort owners to tourists to locals who just enjoy getting out to catch their own dinner. For that reason, the DNR, as well as several other entities, conduct fish surveys on lakes throughout the Northwoods every spring. One of those lakes is Trout Lake in Boulder Junction. This lake is usually one of the last to lose its ice in the spring and takes the longest to warm up. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 6, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Opening weekend memories, part II
Occasionally folks ask, or question, how I am able to pinpoint specific dates and events from long ago, wondering how it's possible for me to remember events in such detail. I've frequently mentioned my dad kept a daily diary/log every day he guided for 21 seasons (1941-61) and forced me to do the same when I obtained my first guide license in 1953 at age sixteen. Dad's diaries cover over 1,500 days on the water and my diaries cover over 5,000 days on the water spanning 1953 through the present. I do not have a good memory but I do have lots of written records that I rely on allowing me to keep things accurate. Thanks Dad!
Friday, May 6, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Opening weekend memories, part one
As I begin putting this column together, the date is April 16 and the North Country is enjoying its third day in a row with above average temperatures

- finally! Some of our smaller lakes are open and the ice covered larger lakes are beginning to turn black with areas of open water along the north shores. It's a situation that puts a twitch in my casting arm!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Where's walleye? Major tagging project aims to find out
Where do walleye go to grow and do they prefer their natal streams when it's time to spawn?
Friday, April 22, 2016

The Lake Where You Live: Walleye spawn
These days on our lakes, under cover of darkness, there plays out a ritual of great biological and cultural importance.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring boat maintenance starts the season off right
Once the weather starts to warm and the ice starts to break up on the lakes, boats start to come out of storage. While most anglers and boaters take winterizing their crafts seriously, some forget all about spring maintenance. According to Boat US, every boater should take some time to take a look at their boat before hitting the water for the first time. The recommend checking over the motor, electrical system, hull and trailer before heading out the first time. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 8, 2016

Fishing Report: Kurt's Island Sport Shop
Despite cold temps (18 degrees this morning when I opened), lakes that opened up to some extent are not safe to access. Reports in our area show only the south end of Big Arbor Vitae having enough ice (approximately eight inches) to fish and even that should be approached with extreme caution.

Crappies: Good when conditions allow. Slow drop plastics or waxies, or try tip-downs with minnows.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to survey 25 ceded territory lakes
In an ongoing effort to understand walleye population densities in lakes in the ceded territory, The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) will be conducting surveys on several area lakes shortly after the ice comes off.

Biologists will collect data on walleye length, age, sex and abundance within the 1837 and 1842 treated ceded territories in a three state are on behalf of its member tribes. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Panfish regulations change on 93 lakes in Wisconsin
In an effort to improve panfish size on 93 Wisconsin lakes, new regulations took effect on April 1.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is putting the experimental regulations in place following a process that involved more than 3,500 survey responses, more than 30 public meetings, multiple questions on two spring hearing questionnaires before the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and approval by the Natural Resources Board.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring hearings part 8: Trophy musky, bass size limits, yellow perch and more
The DNR spring hearings are coming up next Monday. The hearings will be at 7 p.m. on April 11 in every county in the state. Forty-five specific questions will be asked of stakeholders across the state. The questions cover a wide range of topics of interest to hunters, trappers, anglers and outdoorsmen and women. Here are a few of the questions that will be asked at the hearings this year, as well as some background on why the questions are being asked...(subscriber access)
Friday, April 8, 2016

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