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Latest DNR 'Ask the Experts' chat focuses on citizen science
Human beings are naturally curious about their surroundings. We wonder at the world around us and many want to become more involved. Citizen science projects are a way to do just that. (subscriber access)
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

Citizen Science: Loon Watch
With so many citizen-based monitoring science projects available within the state, anyone interested is sure to find a program suited to their interests. One of the newly popular programs, for both year-round residents as well as summer residents, is the Loon Watch annual Lakes Monitoring Program. According to Erica LeMoine, the Northland College Loon Watch and Citizen Science coordinator, the annual Lakes Monitoring Program overlaps many of the other citizen science programs in the state such as Citizen Lake Monitoring efforts. (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

Classic Sled Roundup to be held at St. Germain Town Park
The Classic Sled Roundup will be held May 29 at the St. Germain Town Park in St. Germain. The event is sponsored by Arctic Cat, the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and R&R Motorsports in Hazelhurst. All brands of snowmobiles are welcome in the vintage and antique classes. There will also be a swap meet at the event. Registration is $5 per sled with a $25 maximum. Sleds displayed under the pavillion will be $20. Swap meet space is $20 also. (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

northwoods almanac
Whip-poor-wills

Rod Sharka sent me this email from his home near Land O'Lakes: "Hey, aren't whip-poor-wills relatively rare up in this area? I've never heard one up here in all the years I have been coming to this area, nor in the 14 years I've lived here full time. But I heard ... and saw ... one this evening. It was sitting on the peak of my house and singing very loudly for about 15 minutes at about 9:15 p.m. (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

International Migratory Bird Day celebration in Three Lakes on June 3 and 4
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) will be celebrated in Three Lakes on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. The schedule offers bird lovers a unique opportunity to learn and enjoy the abundance of birds we are so fortunate to have around us here in the Northwoods.

"All events are fun and interesting, family-orientated activities that offer new insights and ways to enjoy birds," IMBD chairman Bill Lamon said. "We look forward to seeing you there." (subscriber access)

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

Stopping for lunch
Carl Taylor was surprised to see this visitor in his yard enjoying seeds from his bird feeder. The DNR recommends taking in bird feeders at night, or for at least 30 days if a bear continues to visit.
Friday, May 27, 2016

First timber cut under Good Neighbor agreement in Wisconsin
The first timber was cut April 29 under the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF).

"Through our partnership with the WDNR Division of Forestry and the hard work of Forest Service and State employees, we are able to make progress on our sustainable forestry goals," said Paul Strong, Forest supervisor of the Chequamegon-Nicolet. "Good Neighbor Authority promises to be a major tool in delivering conservation activities on the national forest."

Friday, May 27, 2016

Groups look for answers to CWD issues
While we know more about chronic wasting disease (CWD) now than we did when it was first found in the state in 2002, there are still differing opinions as to what should be done about the disease. There are many stakeholder groups when it comes to Wisconsin's deer herd, and several of them weighed in on the issue earlier this month. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 20, 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

Invasive Impacts: Students create AIS posters
In a competition aimed directly at impacting invasive species, students were challenged to create a poster to stop the spread of invasive plants and animals.

Since its inception five years ago, the Oneida County AIS invasive species poster contest has grown to over 460 entries. This year, seven counties had students involved in the contest from 15 schools and 23 classes. The contest started as the brainchild of Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS coordinator. (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

the lake where you live: Can't catch this!
The late basketball coach Al McGuire had his own vocabulary. He called a close game a "white knuckler." The point when a game's outcome became clear was "tap city." An opposing team's big center was an "aircraft carrier." And a small and very quick point guard was a "water bug."
Friday, May 20, 2016


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