Post your favorite sign of spring.
SPRING IS HERE! OPEN SUNDAY - THURSDAY 11-8. FRIDAY &SATURDAY 11 - 9
Post your favorite sign of spring.
SPRING IS HERE! OPEN SUNDAY - THURSDAY 11-8. FRIDAY &SATURDAY 11 - 9
This evening about 10pm I spotted an albino deer. It was easy to see, as it was in the middle of the road on CTH M, not far from Clark's Point. Has anyone else seen it, or maybe even caught it on a trail cam?
Spring in Wisconsin. Teaching Us to Look Forward to Change.
Lynn Kuhns was a regular contributor to Wolf River Country Magazine.
Much of what we think about, feel in our hearts, and then boast or cry about relates to those things that affect - and sometimes, full-out change - our lives. And change basically is about contrast. Think of all those fears, joys and polar-opposite dramas that get stirred up
77 inch sturgeon tagged in New London.
Sturgeon are spawning on The Wolf.
Riverside Park, New London. If you have not experienced this amazing event, it is definitely worth the drive. This clip was taken at 1pm Wed, April 24th.
Please share and spread the word.
The break wall on Partridge Lake has become underwater structure.
Panned shot from the beach.
Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait, http://thelittleshoppeofbait.com/ has long been one of my best sources for custom jigs. When my storage unit was broken into and all my custom jigs stolen, John generously helped restore my stock.
These jigs catch fish.
And if you see anyone with these custom green frog jigs with smiley faces or frowns painted on them, please feel free to share their whereabouts here.
It just ain’t spring in Wolf River Country until you’ve been to Charlie’s in Hortonville.
If you are interested in fishing the Peshtigo . . .
Will be on the water April Fool’s Day!
I have dates open in April for the Peshtigo. If you haven’t fished the Peshtigo, well, what are you waiting for?
New London's ice-out ambassadors, dummies Pete and Joe, made a break for it down the Wolf River after the ice thawed on Thursday, March 21.
Madyson caught her first walleye through the ice on a tip-up rigged for northern fishing this morning on the wolf river in New London. 29 inches and 9+ pounds.
A hawk just wanting to be a hawk.
This post is to the person that shot this adult red tailed hawk back in April 2018.. It was found at Mosquito Hill and brought here. At the vets the pics showed it was shot and the left leg was already healed in a bad position. The bird was underweight. We gave it some time and thought just maybe with time and care we could turn this around. The good foot was bumble foot which happens when it stands, lands etc on just one foot.. The infection was way out of control when we received the bird. Needless to say we had to put this creature down..
Now we will never know who did this to the bird but just in case they are reading this you will see your damage to a creature that did you no harm. He lived his life as created, raised a family and just wanted to be a red tail in our world. You took that away from him.
Maybe some day you will understand and change your ways towards wild things.
Anyone out there need a good used cargo van? 2006 Chev 2500 Express, V8, set up to tow, including trailer brakes. Only 105k miles.
$11,998. It's only available for another day or two.
The Wolf is now open from the mouth to the Cut above Weiland's. Weiland's Landing, however, is not open . . . but they are working on it. Call 920-850-4115 before heading for their launch. Shaw's Landing has loose ice at the ramp, but the river is open there. New London is still locked in ice, but it is close to breaking loose. It's moving in big sections.
Jed and Tyler had a limit of nice eater Walleyes. They were fishing the Wolf out of Chico's Landing.
The fish are on the move. Fish were also caught off the public docks in Fremont.
Chico's Landing is open. The ice went out February 22. Chico's has bait and the fish are biting. The river is navigable from Gill's Landing to the mouth.
Looks more like the end of March then February. Yes, the ramp under the bridge is open.
Friday Fish Fry
If you're not hunting, the river has a bunch of Walleyes in the 14 to 16 inch range. Occasionally a 20, 21 incher.
Sunset from the Shawano Avenue bridge in New London.
Super Moon over Partridge Lake.
Photo submitted by George Vallis
Super Moon over Wolf River Country.
Thank you, George Vallis, for sharing this image of the Super Moon glimmering over the waters of Partridge Lake.
Where do you stand in regard to Standing Rock?
It was 1975 when Exxon first confirmed mineral deposits near Crandon, WI. What pursued was a decades long battle to preserve the pristine headwaters of the Wolf River. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in 2002 that the tribes had "State status" in regard to issues of clean air and water, and they had the right to establish their own standards, ending the economic viability of the mine. In 2003 the Mole Lake Ojibwe and Forest County Potawatomi used casino revenues to purchase the mine site.
If Native American's had not stood-up and led this fight over 40 years ago, would Wolf River Country provide the many wonders it does today?
People answer call on Facebook to ‘overwhelm and confuse’ law enforcement officials, though police deny tracking activists on social media
Deadline approaching to buy sturgeon spearing licenses
MADISON - The deadline to purchase sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2017 Lake Winnebago and Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing seasons is Oct. 31, with assessments from earlier this year indicating spearers will have a shot at many fish longer than 75 inches.
Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing season tradition dates to the 1930s with the annual sustainable harvests made possible by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' careful management.
"If our spring spawning assessment is any indication, we're likely to see another year of fish in great condition," said Ryan Koenigs, DNR Lake Winnebago sturgeon biologist. "This year, our crews handled two fish greater than 80 inches and many others greater than 75 inches. These fish represent opportunities of a lifetime. "
The prospects for big fish in 2017 follow strong results for 2016. Of the 703 fish taken, 19 were 100 pounds or larger including eight from Lake Winnebago and 11 from the Upriver Lakes.
There are separate seasons for Lake Winnebago and for the Upriver Lakes that occur simultaneously, with participation in the Upriver Lakes season determined by lottery. The 2017 seasons open on Saturday, Feb. 11 and run for a maximum of 16 days or until preset harvest caps are reached.
Again this year, 12-year-olds are eligible to purchase a license and can participate in the lake sturgeon spearing season. Also, adults whose names were drawn in the Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing lottery can transfer their tags to youth ages 12-17, allowing youngsters a chance to spear on the lakes, where success rates have historically been higher.
Koenig said that interest in sturgeon spearing continues to be strong with a record 13,674 licenses sold for the 2016 season, including 13,190 for Lake Winnebago and 484 for the Upriver Lakes, representing a 4.1 percent increase over 2015. For 2017, the system-wide harvest caps are similar to 2016 with 430 juvenile females; 950 adult females and 1,175 males.
How and where to get spearing licenses
Licenses are again $20 for residents and $65 for nonresidents and can be purchased by visiting GoWild.Wi.gov or any license sales location.
The minimum spearing age is 12 years, and youth who turn 12 between Nov. 1, 2016, and the last day of the 2017 spearing season can still buy a spearing license after Oct. 31. Military personnel home on leave can also purchase a license after Oct. 31.
There are unlimited license sales on Lake Winnebago, while the Upriver Lakes fishery is managed by a lottery and limited to 500 permitted spearers. Once a person is authorized to buy an Upriver Lakes license for a season, they are not able to buy a license for Lake Winnebago.
Spearers are now able to transfer Upriver Lakes spear licenses to youth spearers (age 12-17) and can do so by filling a transfer of license form at least 15 days before the 2017 sturgeon spear fishery. Spearers who applied for an Upriver Lakes license in the lottery but were not authorized received a preference point and can still buy a Lake Winnebago license before Oct. 31.
The 2017 season will bring a change in the way harvest tags are handled. Upon harvesting a sturgeon, spearers need to note the date and time of the harvest on the tag. The registration process is not complete until spearers visit one of the area registration stations, but if at any point they leave the fish, the tag must be attached.
"If you leave it, tag it," Koenigs said. "Given the conditions we often see in winter, we suggest bringing along a plastic bag in case the tag needs to be affixed to the fish."
For more information on harvest trends and management of the Lake Winnebago sturgeon fishery, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/ and search "Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing."
Home page for the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.
Applies to boats, too.
good day fishermen
DNR sets meetings to share information on Balsam Row dam, introduce steps for Wolf River plan development
- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Menominee Tribe, will hold three informational meetings this month to share information and introduce the process for development of a fisheries and water resources management plan for the Wolf River in a project area running from Keshena to Shawano.
The Wolf River, 225 miles long, is one of two National Scenic Rivers in Wisconsin with a watershed that covers 12 counties in northeastern and northern Wisconsin. From its source at Pine Lake in Forest County, it flows down to the Winnebago pool lakes. In addition to providing habitat for lake sturgeon, its upper reaches hold wild rice as well as other important fish and game species.
The Wolf powers the Balsam Row hydroelectric dam, which is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This dam, currently owned by Wolf River Hydro, is also known as Upper Shawano dam in DNR's dams database and as Shawano Project P-710 through FERC.
The upcoming meetings will kick off discussion of a management plan for the section of the river stretching from Shawano to Keshena Falls. The meetings - set to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in Menasha, Oct. 18 in Keshena and Oct. 19 in Shawano - will review progress on various dam license requirements and explain how the current sturgeon capture and transfer system functions.
"We encourage citizens and stakeholders to come and learn more from these meetings," said Justine Hasz, DNR fisheries bureau chief. "The fall meetings will establish the process through which DNR hopes to engage with stakeholders in the collaborative development of the management plan."
Of particular interest to fisheries stakeholders will be an overview of sturgeon restoration efforts by DNR and the Tribe above the dam, including current efforts to move sturgeon via trap and transport methods. The meeting also will provide informational items on various levels of regulatory authority and requirements for fish passage including project concepts, current design elements and related submittals to FERC.
Presenters at the meeting will include representatives from DNR's fisheries and FERC coordinating teams as well as a representative from the Tribe. The initial round of meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
Monday, Oct. 17, in Menasha at the Stone Toad, 1109 Oneida St.;
Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Keshena at Menominee Indian High School, School Theater, N500 Wisconsin Highway 47;
Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Shawano at Shawano City Hall, Community Room, 127 S. Sawyer St.
To learn more about the Balsam Row dam and Wolf River management plan process, http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/outreach/WolfRiverManagementPlan.html
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Gotta horse? Then "buggy" on over to Weyauwega.
Horse & Buggy Days!
All taken in Jenny's Slough in a matter of 40 minutes. Plus, as we came in to the slough, we flushed a dozen great white egrets from the trees. They kept circling the slough. It was a pretty impressive show.
The tributaries to the Wolf River offer great fishing and scenic float trips now through August.
Now through August is the time to book a float trip.
Did a nice little float with my wife yesterday, Saturday, July 23, on the South Branch of the Little Wolf. It's full of smallies and offers a few surprises, like this really nice walleye. One of two caught.
Now through August is a good time to connect with big cats on the prowl.
Big. Bigger. Biggest.
Sunday night we had a great trip with a fun crew. Now through August is a great time to book a cat trip.
They are definitely on the prowl.
Looking for a way to escape the heat?
Why not try a float trip for smallmouth bass on one of the Wolf's tributaries? The fishing is heating up along with the weather, and the hotter it gets, so goes the fishing.
River fishing for Smallies will only get better as we swing into the "Dog Days" of summer. I have dates open for 4 hour to all-day float trips in July and August. Call or email and let me know when you can go. I'll see if I can make it work.
Run to day light . . . or to Fremont.
Don't miss it . . . you'll get a "BANG" out of it.
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