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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

the lake where you live: With a 'broken wing'
We're privileged here on Birch Lake to have had, for the past three years, a nesting pair of hooded mergansers. I saw both in spring, the male with its showy crest, black with large white patches, the female with a much more understated ruddy crest.
Friday, June 24, 2016

northwoods almanac
Sightings - Berry year, water and more water, Pine pollen

The first wild strawberries appeared this week, and ripe blueberries are only a few weeks off. Blackberries and raspberries have been flowering in profusion, suggesting it may be a great berry year for them. Get out the pails.

Water water water. What began as a dry spring has turned into a surprisingly wet early summer. The Manitowish River is in full flood below our house, and most other area rivers and lakes have high water as well. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Citizen Science: Master Naturalist
Citizen science opportunities are abound throughout the state. Each year, hundreds of people take to the rivers, lakes, forests and fields of Wisconsin to help with research on various species of plants and animals. For some of these adventures, training is required while for others, simply a love of the outdoors and enthusiasm for a particular project is all that is needed. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Kathan Lake
Kathan Lake is approximately 200 acres and located in Oneida County. It has a maximum depth of 15 feet. According to the Department of Natural Resources website, panfish and northern are common in the lake with musky, largemouth bass and walleye listed as present as well. The lake has low water quality and, because it has Eurasian water milfoil (EWM), it has been a subject of studies related to chemical treatments for that milfoil and the longer-lasting effects of treatment on the lake overall. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

DNR wolf population data meeting showed increase in numbers statewide
Last Thursday, the DNR held a meeting in Wausau to discuss wolf populations in the state. The wolf is arguably the most controversial of all Wisconsin species. There are heated opinions on both sides of the table with many wanting state control of population management through legal hunting and trapping seasons, and others wishing to see the wolf remain on the Endangered Species List. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Invasive Species I.D. Day offers residents a chance to know what is in their yard
Last Wednesday, invasive species specialists from Oneida County Land and Water Conservation hosted their Invasive Species I.D. Day. This is the second year that area land owners could bring suspected invasive species in to the county to have them identified at an event like this. (subscriber access)
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

ICLRA presents on new shoreland zoning regulations June 29
As the number and size of waterfront houses increased, shoreland zoning regulations became necessary to protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and property values. In 2015 the Wisconsin legislature has relaxed that protection and prohibited local control of shoreland zoning.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Interstate Falls celebration on June 25
The permanent protection of Interstate Falls just north of Hurley will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25. Open to the public, the celebration and dedication event will be hosted jointly by the Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) and the Town of Kimball at the town's Community Center.
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

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate stable population
Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed this spring show that ruffed grouse enthusiasts should expect bird encounters similar to those experienced in 2015 as the population cycle begins to trend upward.
Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 Vilas County plat book now available
The 2016 Vilas County Land Atlas and Plat Book from Rockford Map Publishers is now available. The new, 25th edition can be purchased from Northwoods Title & Closing Services, LLC (Eagle River), Northern Waters Angling & Archery (Conover), Mel's Trading Post (Rhinelander), Century 21 Pierce Realty LLC (Manitowish Waters), The Tackle Box LLC (Land O' Lakes), and The Musky Shop (Minocqua).
Friday, June 24, 2016

DNR opens public comment period on scope of strategic analysis for wild rice management
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as the agency begins a strategic analysis for wild rice management.

Wild rice beds are associated with high biological diversity and provide numerous ecological benefits that extend throughout the food chain.

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

Citizen Science: Breeding Bird atlas
Citizen Science opportunities are abound throughout the state. For those interested in nature and learning more about the world around them, these are great chances to get out and find out more about various animals and plants. (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


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