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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

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December 17, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
I suppose I am finally old enough to say that - "kids these days." As anglers we often marvel at how "easy" kids have it today in the sport of fishing. With the advent of the internet, ever-improving electronics and YouTube videos covering every bait and technique, it can easily be said that it is much easier to learn new things and to more quickly understand our fiercest competitors, the fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017


Invasive species still a concern during ice fishing season
Once the lakes freeze over and anglers hit the ice, most give little thought to aquatic invasive species. In the summer, it is top of mind, with volunteers manning the launch ramps and reminding boaters to remove weeds from trailers and boats. But in the winter, anglers seldom think about plants, thinking they are all dead through the winter months. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

CAUTION
Several anglers have been out testing the ice conditions as well as their own skill against the fish already this winter. Anglers should keep in mind that ice conditions change quickly and can vary a great deal from one area of the lake to another, and even day-to-day.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Fish like a girl
Last year I downsized a bit and decided to chase some trout in smaller streams and rivers from time to time rather than always searching for four-plus-pound bass. I thought that was going small. Turns out I set my sights too high. (Subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

the lake where you live
Fishing in the lake isn't what it once was. Some favorite species have declined in numbers. Those species still abundant are smaller. Is it time to consider stocking the lake? (Subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

the lake where you live
Since childhood I've been fascinated with the world under water. I followed the scuba diving show "Sea Hunt" starring Lloyd Bridges. I watched Jacques Cousteau specials. I love to snorkel; I've dreamed of owning a viewing scope made from a length of plastic pipe with a glass lens on one end. I've always wanted to scuba dive (but have yet to take the lessons). (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

muskie madness
Just over $4,200 was raised for Wounded Warriors in Action and Camp Ryan Adams during the most recent Mercer Muskie Madness held in October. Ten lakes are fished during the tournament, hosted by the Gateway Lodge and Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Mercer.
Friday, December 1, 2017

the lake where you live
Years ago while fishing a lake in southern Wisconsin I cast a nightcrawler toward shore and hooked a big fish. The strength and duration of the fight told me I might have a trophy on the line, but this fish seemed too big to be a bass, and it didn't behave like a northern pike. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017

Wojtusik and Hahn dominate Three Lakes Fall Classic
The Three Lakes Chain proved to be tough during the Three Lakes Fall Classic last weekend. In all, 10 fish were caught throughout the day. Forty percent of the fish caught, though, were boated by the team of Dan Wojtusik and Phil Hahn. The team was able to use what they found while prefishing to boat at least two of their fish. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

World Musky Hunt announces officers and board members for 2017-18
The World Musky hunt recently announced its officers and board members for the 2017-18 season. The "Hunt," as it is known, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Each year the Hunt donates its proceeds to worthy organizations.
Friday, October 13, 2017

big bass
The Upper Midwest Bass Challenge (UMBCS) is comprised of two team trails, the Lakes Division and the River Division. At the close of the year, anglers from both trails go head-to-head in the Tournament of Champions which, this year, was held on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Pelican Lake turns on for Hodag Musky Challenge
Nearly 100 two-angler teams took to several area lakes this past weekend in search of the fish of 10,000 casts, the elusive muskellunge.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

still water
From Sept. 22-24, veterans of past and present conflicts in which the U.S. armed forces have played a role got together at the Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River.

They were there to fish, and not to fight. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 29, 2017

41st annual World Championship Musky Classic sees record fish for tournament
The 41st annual World Championship Musky Classic was held Sept. 8-10. Anglers had their choice of several lakes from Boulder Junction to Presque Isle and Manitowish Waters.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Headwaters Chapter of Muskies, Inc. holds Paul's Pro Am
This year was the 41st annual Paul's Pro Am Musky Tournament on the Eagle River Chain. There were 56 teams all vying for the big prize and top honors of this long-standing tournament. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

River Series anglers take on Minocqua Chain for series Championship
The Minocqua chain has built the reputation in the last few years of being a bass nursery. Anglers have waded through dozens of small fish for every tournament keeper they have been able to bring to the scales. This past weekend, however, showed a bit of its former glory as a fishery capable of producing good-sized bass. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

the lake where you live
Before moving to Birch Lake I usually quit fishing for the year after Labor Day and parked my boat in the garage for the winter. September and October weather could be fickle, I reasoned, and with the kids back in school there just wasn't much time for travel to the lakes. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
This weekend the Central Wisconsin River Series anglers will take to the Minocqua chain for its championship tournament. This is the fifth year of the River Series, as it is more commonly known, and the Minocqua chain always provides an interesting tournament. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 8, 2017

Fish like a GIRL
Sunday was the last stop of the Upper Midwest Bass Series Challenge (UMBCS) Wisconsin Lakes Division. The points title for the series was all but locked up, but one team was not out mathematically. The problem, though, was they would have to catch over 16 pounds of fish to take away that title. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 1, 2017

Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lake Association learns about fish populations, weed management
The Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lake Association meeting last weekend included a presentation from DNR fisheries manager John Kubisiak regarding the fishery information as found in DNR surveys. Lake association president Sally Murwin also presented information about Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) that has been removed with a DASH (driver assisted suction harvesting) unit and what would be treated in September. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 1, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
For this week's Top Ten installment I'm going to introduce my readers to one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Oneida County, Clear Lake. This landlocked jewel contains 873 surface acres of gin clear water that reaches a depth of 95 feet! (subscriber access)
Friday, September 1, 2017


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