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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. One hundred thirty-one teams participated in the event with top prize being $12,400. Big fish for Day 1 was $1,250 and for Day 2 the prize was $1,260. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

North American Bass Circuit to hit Lake Minocqua this weekend
Bass tournament anglers will take to the Minocqua Chain of Lakes Saturday 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 Aug. 13. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bike to the Library Week starts Sunday
June 19 to 25 is "Bike to the Library" Week. In an effort to promote healthy bodies, a healthy earth and healthy libraries,, the Wisconsin Bike Fed and the University-Madison Global Health Institute have come together with a statewide week-long bicycling event called Bike to the Library. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fish like a girl: But where does my money go?
I think a lot of people ask the question in my headline 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)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

the lake where you live: Poles and wogs
Toads and frogs tend to reproduce in ponds, but some do so in our lakes. I've fished on lakes where I've seen green tadpoles with bodies almost the size of quarters. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Preliminary spring turkey harvest registrations see increase from 2015
Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 45,496 birds during the 2016 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, an 11 percent increase from the spring 2015 season.

"It was a very successful spring season for turkey hunters, with many positive reports coming in from throughout Wisconsin," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist Mark Witecha. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nicolet Bird Club meeting to be held June 20
Nora Kennedy of the American Bird Conservancy will give a two-part presentation on "The Golden-Winged Warbler & Improving Habitat for This Threatened Species."
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fish like a girl: Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop provides valuable information
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) workshop held in Minocqua. Stephanie Boismenue from Oneida County AIS, her assistant Aubrey Nycz as well as Sandy Wickman from the DNR and DNR warden supervisor Dave Walz presented information about the program to interested lake association members. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Citizen science: WI Turtle Conservation Program
Citizen science opportunities abound throughout the state of Wisconsin. Every year hundreds of volunteers choose to monitor a variety of plants and animals around the state. These volunteers, through citizen science programs, help researchers and biologists gain useful information about a certain species, its habitat, population densities and gather a host of other valuable information. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Invasive Impacts: What's in the lake?
Invasive species can have a big impact on our local waterways. For that reason, lake associations and other groups staff launch ramps and hold seminars to spread the word about invasive species and their impact on various bodies of water. Invasives can affect the food web as well as habitat for many species. Some invasives are more prevalent in the area than others. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

lake where you live: Glow sticks with wings
When I was a kid, I remember a colorful creature sitting on the very tip of my fishing rod as I sat out in a boat on Duck Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where my family used to vacation. An inch and a half long, its toothpick-thin sunlit body a bright, almost luminous blue, wings nearly invisible, it perched there motionless unless I moved the rod tip, whereupon it lifted off, hovered a moment, and alit again the instant the rod went still. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 11, 2016

serious tailgating
A crow chases a bald eagle away from its nest in Eagle River.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wolf predation not common, but still costly, in Wisconsin
There was a report recently in Florence County of a wolf attack on a dog. According to DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland, interactions between wolves and dogs are not common but they do happen, especially in very rural areas such as Florence County. In early spring, wolves can become especially defensive of the territory they have claimed as they are rearing their young. This is seen across all species of animals as a way ensure survival of the species and survival of the young. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Free fishing weekend and safety
This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend. Twice per year, the DNR allows everyone to get out and fish without purchasing a license. There is one weekend in the summer and one in the winter where people can try out the sport of fishing. It can be a great time to get out and learn as well as to introduce others to the fun. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Anglers, boaters play key role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
Anglers and boaters play an important role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and proper handling and disposal of live bait is more important than ever following the discovery of the fish egg-eating, invasive round goby in Little Lake Butte des Morts last year.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Invasive Impacts: Lake George
Lake George is a 433-acre lake just east of Rhinelander. It has a maximum depth of 26 feet. According to the DNR website, panfish are abundant in the lake. Musky, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye are common. Also present in the lake are smallmouth bass. The lake is reported to have low water clarity with only one public boat landing. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lake where you live: Angels of the Lakes
We see bald eagles routinely here at Birch Lake, but only now and then an osprey. It's a treat to see the graceful flight and angular shape of this one-of-a-kind bird.

The osprey is truly a breed unto itself. Ornithologists once classified it with the hawks, but they now place it in its own family. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Natural Resources Board takes CDAC recommendations
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) was presented with the recommendations from the County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) at this month's meeting. They accepted these recommendations, which are put forth by each CDAC within the county with input from stakeholders including hunters, agriculture representatives, forestry representatives and others who are interested in deer herd management.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Master Gardeners of the North to hold annual plant sale June 11
The Master Gardeners of the North will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Stevensport Square, the corner of Stevens and Davenport Streets in downtown Rhinelander.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Let's Go Fishing Northwoods Chapter holds captain and first mate training
Last week, 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. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 28, 2016

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