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Outdoors

Wisconsin’s sturgeon spearing season to open on Saturday

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — There are concerns about the ice condition for the annual spearfishing rite that draws thousands to Lake Winnebago and Upriver Lakes. The sturgeon spearing season begins Saturday in eastern Wisconsin. More than 12,000 licenses have been sold for Lake Winnebago and ...

An unsettling glimpse of the past

An online search can lead to some interesting detours in the internet realm. While looking for information on whether a certain species had ever been found in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin — it had, but I’ll save that for a future column — I came across a free ebook, ...

Slush slows anglers; pike, panfish caught

IRON MOUNTAIN — Travel on area lakes is becoming difficult, thanks to heavy snow and slush. Activity has been light during what’s typically a prime period for ice fishing, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Most of what we hear is people catching pike,” he ...

DNR seeks applicants for UP deer habitat grants

MARQUETTE —The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability of $100,000 in grants for deer habitat improvement projects on non-state lands across the Upper Peninsula. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a cooperative grant program being ...

Skiers sharpen skills at annual Keyes Peak event

FLORENCE, Wis. — Fifty-seven young skiers participated Saturday at the Roberts Memorial Ski Race and Lessons event at Keyes Peak Ski Hill. Coaches, staff and skiers from Granite Peak Ski Team traveled from Wausau, Wis., to volunteer their time, expertise and racing equipment. “It’s ...

Pete ‘Toad’ Church fishing derby

The Aurora-Homestead Conservation Club annually sponsors an ice fishing derby in memory of Pete “Toad" Church. This year’s event was Jan. 18, based at the C&R Bar in Aurora, Wis. Some of his family attended the event. They wish to express their appreciation to the club for the excellent ...

Winnebago sturgeon opener Feb. 8

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Anticipation is building for another season of lake sturgeon fishing on the Winnebago System. The 2020 spearing season opens on Feb. 8 and will last for a maximum of 16 days or until pre-set harvest caps are reached. The Winnebago System is home to one of the world's largest ...

Long Lake derby on Saturday

LONG LAKE, Wis. — A fishing derby will take place Saturday at Long Lake and Roadhouse 139 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The entry fee is $8 and participants must register by noon. Measure all fish on the lake. Proceeds go to the Long Lake Association. There will be entertainment at Roadhouse ...

Musky club to host ‘Expo’ in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN — Boundary Waters Musky Club will have its annual Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Antoine Banquet Room at Recreation Lanes. The event will feature prize drawings, tackle sales and swaps, and presentations by guest speakers. The public is welcome to ...

Free prizes at annual trappers workshop Feb. 1

HERMANSVILLE — The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association will host its annual “Beginning Trappers Workshop” on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center in Hermansville. Although it’s geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the ...

Upper Peninsula sportsmen to gather

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the United Sportsmen Club, W7689 Sportsmens Club Road, Iron Mountain.

Minnows doing the trick for northern pike, crappies

IRON MOUNTAIN — Northern pike fishing in the region has been good, although pressure has been fairly light as anglers deal with repeated storms. A pike measuring 30 3/4 inches leads John Grier’s monthly contest at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. The contest switches to walleye Feb. ...

Candlelight snowshoe, ski outing Feb. 1

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association will host its sixth-annual candlelight snowshoe and ski event Feb. 1 on the Niagara Riverside Trails. The event starts at 5:45 p.m. for skiers and 6:15 p.m. for snowshoers and features more than 500 candlelit luminaries along a 1.5-mile ...

Ice thickens, free fishing in Wisconsin

Inland lakes across the Upper Peninsula are producing bluegill, crappie, northern pike and walleye. At Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township, John Grier is conducting a January contest for the longest pike. Crappie action was good this week, Grier said. It’s free fishing ...

Eagle recovers from lead poisoning; release Tuesday

MARQUETTE — A juvenile bald eagle rescued Dec. 7 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be released at 3 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday on the east side of the Superior Dome in Marquette. The bird was examined at the Chocolay Raptor Center and after consultation was transferred ...

Trappers workshop Feb. 1 in Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE —The Community Center in Hermansville will be the site of the 15th annual New Trappers Workshop from 8 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Feb. 1. The event will have a number of local veteran trappers on hand, all of whom will be willing to share tips, techniques, stories and maybe even ...

Trout Unlimited to offer free showing of ‘Artifishal’ at NMU

MARQUETTE — The Fred Wara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, in conjunction with the Northern Michigan University Fisheries a nd Wildlife Association, will host a “Fishing After Hours” event Friday. This meeting is a special viewing of the Patagonia movie “Artifishal,” a film about the ...

Fish Wisconsin waters without a license Saturday, Sunday

FLORENCE, Wis. — Free fishing weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin. All the waters of the state will be open to free fishing for residents and nonresidents. However, all usual regulations will be in force. “Please exercise caution before heading out on the ice,” ...

Recreation Passport fee rising to $12

LANSING — Effective March 1, Michigan’s regular Recreation Passport vehicle entry fee at state parks and recreation areas for residents will increase from $11 to $12. This is the first Recreation Passport price increase since January 2013, according to the state Department of Natural ...

Ice breaking in Menominee

MARINETTE, Wis. — In preparation for a private ship launch at Fincantieri Marinette Marine this Saturday, ice breaking operations on the Menominee River will commence today. Ice breaking will be conducted by private contractors on tug boats in order to allow the ship to launch safely and ...