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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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Chad Leasen, of Aquarius Systems, delivers the Mid Lake Protection and Management District’s new weed harvester on Monday at the Minocqua public boat launch.
Jacob Friede/Lakeland Times Chad Leasen, of Aquarius Systems, delivers the Mid Lake Protection and Management District’s new weed harvester on Monday at the Minocqua public boat launch.
Friday, May 24, 2019 7:27 AM
The Mid Lake Protection and Management District, like many lake districts, has its work cut out for it when it comes to keeping their lake clear of weeds. Fortunately, this year, they have a brand new weed harvester to do some cutting. (subscriber access)
  • UW-Madison students get northern exposure at Kemp Station
    No one is having a more wild time at camp this summer than the University of Wisconsin-Madison students currently staying at Kemp Station south of Woodruff. They are taking a two week Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at the research center on the shores of Lake Tomahawk where they will eat, sleep, and breathe on the wild side. That’s because the campus is carved out of a quiet piece of quintessential Northwoods. (subscriber access)
  • Mid Lake Protection and Management District gets new weed harvester
    The Mid Lake Protection and Management District, like many lake districts, has its work cut out for it when it comes to keeping their lake clear of weeds. Fortunately, this year, they have a brand new weed harvester to do some cutting. (subscriber access)
  • Boulder Junction fishing guides are ready to share some of their best fishing secrets at the free fishing seminars this season. All seminars are free to the public. Locations change throughout the season, so check the schedule. No reservations are necessary to participate.
  • The boat launches of Vilas County are the frontline in the battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Hundreds of both paid and volunteer Clean Boats Clean Waters inspectors spend countless hours in the summer patrolling landings throughout the Northwoods, educating boaters about AIS, reminding them to inspect their boats, and helping them decontaminate their watercraft. (subscriber access)
  • The inaugural Rod Gaskill Memorial Bass Tournament will be held on Boom Lake on Saturday, Aug. 17. Gaskill was an avid bass angler, moving to Rhinelander from Las Vegas in the mid-1990s. (subscriber access)
  • Kick off the open water fishing season at St. Germain’s 3rd annual Fishing with the Stars Open Water Fishing Tournament. Enjoy a day tournament fishing on area lakes and have a chance to win time on the water with fishing legends John Gillespie, Pete Maina and Rob Manthei.  
  • Walleyes for Tomorrow and GLIFWC survey Lake Minocqua
    Last week a group consisting of members of Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT), the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) got a first-hand look at the walleye population on Lake Minocqua. (subscriber access)
  • Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are costly to lake associations and other stakeholders. They can affect not only how people enjoy a lake, but also the property values on and around the lake. While some lakes are more affected than others, it is an issue in which all lake stakeholders are interested.  (subscriber access)
  • To my surprise, the boat launch was empty when I arrived at Clear lake early last Saturday morning, and it was so quiet. There was not the slightest breeze to a cause a bit of noise or nudge a ripple across the water. The darkness and silence of outer space had settled upon the lake and, as I rowed my boat through the thin, misty haze hovering above the water, it could not have been more apparent that I was alone. (subscriber access)
  • WFT/GLIFWC/DNR net walleyes on Lake Minocqua
    Members of Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT), the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), and the Wisconsin DNR were out netting walleye on Lake Minocqua on May 3 to take a snap shot survey of how the adult walleye population looked. Once the fish were netted they were fin clipped, measured, and had a spine sample taken from them before they were released.
  • Fishing season arrives right on time
    Fishing is all about timing, and this year, on Northwoods lakes, the general inland fishing season opener tomorrow may be right on time.

    The brutal, lingering winter should be lifting right as the season begins, and though ice out is late again this year, being able to hit the water in its immediate aftermath is a golden opportunity for Lakeland area fishermen, especially those searching for walleye. (subscriber access)
  • Clean Boats Clean Water workshop held
    The fishing season opens tomorrow and it will bring the year’s first wave of boat action to the lakes of the Northwoods. With anglers on the move there is also the threat that aquatic invasive species (AIS) will be as well. So, as the ice melts and reveals the crisp blue waters of spring, there’s no better time to remind all boaters to keep their craft invasive-free.  (subscriber access)
  • There’s nothing more glorious than ice fishing a lake when it’s 50 degrees outside, especially after a season that saw the thermometer hit 50 below. (subscriber access)
  • Kick off the open water fishing season at St. Germain’s 3rd annual Fishing with the Stars Open Water Fishing Tournament. Enjoy a day tournament fishing on area lakes and have a chance to win time on the water with fishing legends John Gillespie, Pete Maina and Rob Manthei. 
  • The Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Walleye Tournament Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. This is the event’s 28th year, and provides a wonderful start to spring and the fishing season. Registration continues through May 18.
  • Positions are starting to fill for the 39th annual Eagle River Spring Classic Muskie Tournament.
  • Pro fisherman Ross Crowe holds bass seminar in Woodruff
    Tournament fisherman and Lund Boats pro staffer Ross Crowe recently held a bass fishing seminar at the Woodruff Town Hall. He is also a Baptist pastor and he was definitely sharing good news to a full house of fishermen in Woodruff. (subscriber access)
  • The annual spring fish and wildlife public hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meetings were held all across the state Monday night. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Healing Waters’ shares a life of hardships, faith and family
    “Healing Waters” by Brady Busby is a look into the healing powers of water. Now a fly fishing guide, Busby leaned on the calming effects of fishing throughout his life, including his time in the military, a traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and the suicide of his daughter, Ashley. The story is also a tribute to how a “normal person” with a seemingly normal upbringing can make a difference in the lives of others. (subscriber access)
  • The 16th annual Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club Ice Fishing Tournament will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 9 on Plum Lake. 
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