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Invasive Impacts: Manson Lake
Beckie Joki/Lakeland TimesManson Lake will receive a full-lake chemical control treatment this summer as part of a larger six-lake study.
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Manson Lake will receive a full-lake chemical control treatment this summer as part of a larger six-lake study.
Manson Lake is a 236-acre lake west of Rhinelander just off of Highway 8. It has a maximum depth of 54 feet. There is one small public boat landing by which visitors may gain access to the lake. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016


Local bat research project receives 'Wings Across the Americas' award
Bats may seem of little consequence to some, but they are in fact an important part of the food web. They are also economically important to farmers and agriculture across the country. Sadly, many species of bats are now in danger of being decimated by a fungal disease known as white nose syndrome (WNS). This fungus grows on hibernating bats and can kill large masses of the small, winged animals fairly rapidly. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring hearings part 8: Trophy musky, bass size limits, yellow perch and more
The DNR spring hearings are coming up next Monday. The hearings will be at 7 p.m. on April 11 in every county in the state. Forty-five specific questions will be asked of stakeholders across the state. The questions cover a wide range of topics of interest to hunters, trappers, anglers and outdoorsmen and women. Here are a few of the questions that will be asked at the hearings this year, as well as some background on why the questions are being asked...(subscriber access)
Friday, April 8, 2016

What are CWD transmission studies telling us?
It is known that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) can spread from animal to animal and also from environment to animal. Several studies have been undertaken to discover how this disease can travel and if it is fully understood, exactly how this disease is transmitted and how it can move from one location to another.

These studies have focused on predators and scavengers as possible transmission vehicles. While CWD affects only cervids, it has been found that other animals may be carriers of the disease. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Squirrel Lake
Squirrel Lake is a 1,309-acre lake on the border of Oneida and Vilas counties. It has two public boat landings and a maximum depth of 46 feet. The water is moderately clear and most statewide fishing regulations apply, according to the DNR website. Fish common in the lake are musky, panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye. Northern pike are also present in the lake. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 25, 2016

The lake where you live: Nitrogen cycle affects lake productivity
Nitrogen is one of the three primary plant nutrients, with phosphorus and potassium, and makes up a little over three quarters of the atmosphere (78 percent). (subscriber access)
Friday, March 25, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Ice out!
As I begin this weekly column the date is March 11 and sun is streaming through the east windows of our great room overlooking Lost Creek. Columns of sunlight are reflecting off a narrow band of winter ice along the east bank of the stream, which after today will have melted and joined the rippling current as it heads toward Big St. Germain Lake. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 25, 2016

Aspirus Community Health Foundation donates to Let's Go Fishing
The Aspirus Langlade Hospital Community Health Foundation in Antigo granted the Let's Go Fishing Northwoods Chapter $3,000 to support their program. Let's Go Fishing brings nature's healing and well-being to seniors, veterans and the disabled, enriching the lives of individuals through fishing and boating excursions on Boom Lake in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 11, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Anvil Lake
Anvil Lake is a 377-acre lake in Vilas County with a maximum depth of 32 feet. There is one public boat landing as well as access from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. It is a popular summer destination for campers and anglers alike. Walleye are common in the lake with panfish, smallmouth and northern pike present as well, according to the Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 11, 2016

the lake where you live: From egg to icebox: How fast do fish grow?
In the brutal winter of 2013 to 2014, one of my favorite northern pike lakes froze out. When a friend and I fished it the following summer, we caught just one pike, and a fair description of it would be anorexic - a pitiful sight to see.

I wondered then, if nature were left to its own devices, unaided by stocked fish from hatcheries, how long would it take to catch keeper-sized pike again? And for that matter, suitable perch, bluegills, smallmouth bass, crappies and walleyes, which also inhabited the lake.

Friday, March 11, 2016

traveling trails less traveled: Gone, but not forgotten!
I would imagine it would be pretty rare for someone not to have had a very special "best friend" during their formative years. I certainly did and he was simply awesome. I often find myself thinking about him when I'm in the midst of doing what at the time seems to be an insignificant task or event, and he also often pops up in my good dreams, even though our earthly relationship came to an end some 30 years past. But every year as the anniversary of his birth draws near, March 13, 1937, I savor many favored memories of our long, unwavering friendship.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Governor Walker signs several outdoor-related bills into law
On March 1, Governor Scott Walker signed 58 bills into law. Several of those were outdoor-related bills. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 11, 2016

Chain Skimmers get ready for another season
The Conover Chain Skimmers waterski organization is much older than all of its participants. The team is run by its members, with membership age being from 13 to the mid-20s. Jillian Lathrop and her sister Lindsay Lathrop are in charge of publicity for the group this year and they are looking forward to a great year. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 11, 2016

Science on Tap: 'Hook, Line and Thinker'

A healthy crowd packed Minocqua Brewing Company’s Divano Lounge April 3 for Science on Tap. The topic was fisheries. “Hook, Line and Thinker! The Science Behind the Future of Recreational Fishing in the Northwoods,” was the presentation.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Treed on the trailside

Brothers Steve and Mike Seiwert, of Park Ridge and Arlington Heights, Ill. got a special surprise while cruising the trail between Phillips and Hazelhurst Feb. 23. 

The Seiwerts came upon a handful of parked snowmobilers watching a small black bear in a tree.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Northwoods northern tops 40 inches
Charlie Allen.Charlie Allen.

Charlie Allen recently laid claim to a trophy few are able to boast. The 16-year-old LUHS student hauled in a Northwoods pike over 40 inches in length.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Getting through the winter: It's somewhat of a mystery
The gray tree frogThe gray tree frog

Animals do many different things to get through the winter.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Discussing human impact on the Northwoods
Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.Tim Kratz (left) and Tom Steele.

Minocqua Brewing Company was the site of some lively discussion the evening of Feb. 6. A large crowd filled the barroom for “Science on Tap” – a new community outreach effort.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Huck hauls hefty walleye from Manitowish Chain
Gary Huck.Gary Huck.

A full moon weekend saw an afternoon bite on the Manitowish Chain that led to one angler’s biggest walleye to date. And a bit of deja vu all over again.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Minocqua racer was youngest Eagle River World Championship qualifier

Matt Ritchie and his team put up a good fight to get in with snowmobile racing’s big boys.

Ritchie, at 17, qualified for the world championship race at the Amsoil Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby Jan. 20.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament is a success

The Mercer School senior class hosted its second annual Mercer School Senior Class Ice Fishing Tournament Jan. 12 on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.

Contestants competed in four different categories – walleye, northern, crappie and perch – and had youth (10 and younger) and adult divisions.


Friday, February 1, 2013


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