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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


North American Bass Circuit comes to Minocqua chain
June 14 is the date of the Minocqua Chain qualifying tournament for the North American Bass Circuit (NABC) 2016 season. This will be the first stop for the tour 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. The Championship Tournament will be held October 1 and 2 on Little Sturgeon Bay taking off out of Wave Point Resort. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 27, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Fence Lake
Fence Lake is a 3483-acre lake in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 86 feet and a mean depth of 37 feet. According to the DNR website, musky, panfish, smallmouth, pike and walleye are common in the lake. Largemouth and trout are also present. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 27, 2016

Let's Go Fishing Northwoods Chapter holds captain and first mate training
Last Wednesday, the Northwoods Chapter of Let's Go Fishing held captain and first mate training for new volunteers. The organization owns and operates a 32-foot pontoon boat on Boom Lake.

Terry Adams, a Boom Lake resident who lives next to the lunch ramp, allows the group to park the pontoon boat at a dock on his property, which means it can stay in the water all season long, ready for its next rip. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Registration open for the Fishing Hot Spots Hodag Musky Challenge 2016
Registration is open for teams for the 2016 Hodag Musky Challenge. The challenge will be held Sept. 23 through 25 this year. The lake groups for this year are: Boom Lake/Wisconsin River, Crescent/Oneida Lake/Hancock Lake, Moen Chain, Pelican Lake and Lake Thompson/Lake George/Lake Julia. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 27, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: What's the reason for expanding bass populations and shrinking walleye populations on some lakes?
The easy answer is: We are not sure. There are many factors that go into the equation, and all of them could be making an equal difference, according to Department of Natural Resources research scientist Gretchen Hansen.

"There are some lakes that are just better suited for bass," she said.(subscriber access)

Friday, May 27, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Memorial Weekend memories
Besides being a national holiday dedicated to honoring all those who served in the military to protect our precious nation and our numerous freedoms, Memorial Day weekend is often considered the official beginning of the North's summer tourist season. Years ago, when fishing season opened the Saturday closest to May 15, very few tourists, except for fishermen, began arriving prior to Memorial Day weekend, and that trend continues today despite the earlier opening date for game fish.
Friday, May 27, 2016

the lake where you live: Angels of the lakes
Among the joys of lake life is watching the water world respond to warming temperatures in spring. After three straight days in the 70s and 80s, the fishing guide on the radio said crappies would be moving into the shallows on our lakes.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Free fishing weekend is June 4 and 5
One weekend per summer Wisconsin holds a Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and nonresidents can fish for the entire weekend without a license. It is a great time to get someone new into the sport, or just to take the time to get out and have some fun. All Wisconsin fishing rules still apply, however, so anglers should be sure they know the regulations for the lake or river on which they will be fishing. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 27, 2016

Fishing Report: Angler's Choice Guide Service
We have been doing very well with a jig and a minnow for walleyes. The warm weather has brought our walleye fishing to a peak this spring. We're catching them in deeper water on the darker water lakes and also on the clear water lakes, depending on the time of day that we are fishing. We are catching them anywhere from 6-12 feet on some lakes, and in some lakes from 12-25 feet. Water clarity make the difference in depth.
Friday, May 27, 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

Ready...set...FISH!
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)
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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


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