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Many concerned about Walleye populations in Manitowish Chain
Last Monday, the Headwaters Basin Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow held a meeting with Todd Kalish, the DNR deputy director of fisheries for the state. The group voiced concerns regarding the declining walleye population in the Manitowish Chain. They also expressed their interest in stocking walleyes into the chain to bring populations back up to a reasonable level. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Minocqua Chain proves tough for NABC anglers
The Cabela's North American Bass Circuit (NABC) started their season out on a fickle Minocqua Chain last weekend. They were greeted by a hazy and humid morning, and the conditions proved difficult for most for the day. The field eased off at 7 a.m. to what many could describe only as "a grinder" of a day. For many, the fish were in no mood to eat and a variety of tactics were needed to boat a limit of fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: SAF High School State Championship anglers do well on Minocqua chain
After a tough North American Bass Circuit tournament on Saturday, where teams ground it out to catch a limit, I was left hoping the high school anglers who were fishing in the Student Angler Federation (SAF) State Championship on Sunday would at least catch a few. Not only did they catch fish, but the winning weight was higher than the adults' tournament the previous day. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: The evolution of fish and game regulations
There was a time, long, long ago, when there were few or no regulations regarding sport fishing and harvesting many types of game animals and birds. No size limits, no bag limits, no opening or closing dates. And the lakes of Northern Wisconsin teemed with fish where only an occasional angler fished! Deer were scarce, but grouse, ducks and hares were abundant.
Friday, June 24, 2016

NPHS fishing team headed to nationals
The Northland Pines High School Bass Fishing Team made up of Harmon Marien and Michael John competed in their first state tournament on the Holcombe Flowage on June 11 and 12. The team from Northland Pines had never visited this body of water before June 10 when they pre-fished for the tournament. The lake has not been producing a lot of fish lately but the Northland Pines team of Marien and John came in after Saturday leading the other 27 high school teams with a weight of 14.51 pounds. 
Friday, June 24, 2016

40th annual World Championship Musky Classic set for September in Eagle River
The 40th annual World Championship Musky Classic (WCMC) fishing tournament will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 2016.  This fishing tournament is supported and sponsored by the Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters and Winchester communities.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Spring Classic up from last year
According to Bill Jacobs, president of the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., the Spring Classic this year was up over 25 percent from last year. He attributed the increase to a stronger economy as well as more angler interest in the tournament. Several of the anglers commented on how well run the tournament was, which adds to the attraction of any event such as this one.
Friday, June 17, 2016

North American Bass Circuit to hit Lake Minocqua this weekend
This Saturday bass tournament anglers will take to the Minocqua Chain of lakes in search of the biggest 5-fish limit of smallmouth and largemouth bass. This will be the first stop for the North American Bass Circuit (NABC) this year, with other stops being at Lake Minnewasaka in Minnesota on July 16, Lake Wissota on July 30 and Mille Lacs on August 13. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: But where does my money go?
I think a lot of people wonder this very thing when buying a hunting or fishing license. What is actually done with the money I spend when I buy a license? If it is a trout stamp you are talking about, there are plenty of projects in our area that have made good use of the money we have all put in for trout stamps over the years. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: There is no doubt, I love trout!
I caught my first trout when I was eleven during early June of 1948 while fishing chubs in Plum Creek. For some reason unknown to me, bait dealers were having difficulty finding choice black chubs to sell to fishermen and guides. So dad took me to Plum Creek one afternoon after his day of guiding was over and gave me a crash course in chub catching.
Friday, June 17, 2016

the lake where you live: Poles and wogs
Toads and frogs tend to reproduce in ponds, but some do so in our lakes. I've fished on lakes where I've seen green tadpoles with bodies almost the size of quarters.

These, of course, are frog predecessors. The much smaller black ones, which grow up to be toads, are almost exclusively seen in ponds.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Guides/Kids Day in Eagle River in need of anglers
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center along with the Eagle River Guides Association will be hosting the 36th annual Guides/Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: The Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop provided valuable information
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) workshop held in Minocqua. Stephanie Boismenue from Oneida County AIS, her assistant Aubrey Nycz as well as Sandy Wickman from the DNR and DNR warden supervisor Dave Walz presented information about the program to interested lake association members. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 10, 2016

4-H Family Fishing Fun Day draws a crowd
Despite the wet, unpredictable weather, families came out in full force for Family Fishing Fun Day Saturday at Boom Lake in Rhinelander.

Each year the DNR holds a Free Fishing Weekend on the first full weekend of June. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 10, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: What's a shore lunch?
Picture if you will the following scene:

A pristine Northwoods lake shimmering under a summer sun and a sky above filled with puffy white cumulous clouds. On the shoreline of a small island or prominent point is a sleek cedar strip row boat pulled up on the bank next to a well-beaten path leading to a rustic wilderness campsite.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Invasive Impacts: What is in the lake?
Invasive species can have a big impact on our local waterways. For that reason, lake associations and other groups staff launch ramps and hold seminars to spread the word about invasive species and their impact on various bodies of water. Invasives can affect the food web as well as habitat for many species. Some invasives are more prevalent in the area than others.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Let's Go Fishing holds spring kickoff
Let's Go Fishing held its annual spring kick-off Friday night at Rocky's Roadhouse in Rhinelander. Guests were welcome to enjoy a fish fry and buy raffle tickets for a number of bucket raffles filled with prizes. The big prize of the night was the meat raffle. Tickets were $20 each with the winner walking away with a chest freezer and a $400 gift certificate to Fischer Meat Products in Deerbrook. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 10, 2016

New online TROUT tool helps anglers find places to fish
A new online map and user tool for trout will help anglers find places to fish and gain information about local regulations.

Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries bureau, the tool is available through dnr.wi.gov, using the keyword "TROUT." The map includes public land and DNR fishing easements.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Free fishing weekend and safety
This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend. Twice per year, the DNR allows everyone to get out and fish without purchasing a license. There is one weekend in the summer and one in the winter where people can try out the sport of fishing. It can be a great time to get out and learn as well as to introduce others to the fun. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 3, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Lake George
Lake George is a 433-acre lake just east of Rhinelander. It has a maximum depth of 26 feet. According to the DNR website, panfish are abundant in the lake. Musky, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye are common. Also present in the lake are smallmouth bass. The lake is reported to have low water clarity with only one public boat landing.
Friday, June 3, 2016


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