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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors : fishing February 19, 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

Fish like a GIRL
Most outdoors-people would fair pretty well in the woods for a few hours longer than they planned, and maybe even make it overnight and come out with some great stories. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 28, 2016

Catch and release improves fishing for all
Years ago, anglers seldom thought of catch and release. Large stringers of fish were found in front of lake cottages and resorts often proudly took photos of the days catch hanging from a pole in front of the resort office. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 28, 2016

Electrofishing on Alder Lake
A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to go out for a night of electrofishing with Steve Gilbert and his crew, assistant fisheries biologist Tim Tobias and fisheries technician Eric Brown on Alder Lake on the Manitowish Chain. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

31st annual Fall Muskie Classic held in Three Lakes
Sixty-four anglers in 32 teams braved the elements last weekend in Three Lakes in search of the elusive musky. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

Inaugural Boulder Junction Walleye Classic was a big success
Sixteen anglers hit 14 Boulder Junction area lakes last Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, battling rain and cooler temperatures. The Boulder Junction Lions Club hosted this inaugural Walleye Classic and invited area anglers to this event.
Friday, October 14, 2016


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