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Due to the thick ice and deep snow this winter, there has been a fish kill on 1,700-acre Thunder Lake just west of Three Lakes. This was the scene along the south shore of Thunder Lake Friday, with only about one-quarter of the lake free of ice. The dead fish included thousands of bluegills (above), as well as some crappies, walleyes, bass and northerns. The Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association operates an aerator on the lake, but due to the extreme conditIons this year a fish kill still resulted. Winterkill is a natural process occurring when fish don't have enough oxygen, according to the DNR. In ice-capped winters, most oxygen in the water comes from aquatic plants. However, when the ice and snow cover is thick, plants cannot get the sunlight needed, and instead of producing oxygen, they die back and decompose.                          —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:48 PM
Ron Bruch named new fisheries director

Wisconsin’s next fisheries director took over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing the Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.

Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut in Ashland County and Milwaukee, and a 37- year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries management program, takes over from Mike Staggs,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
Discovery Center to host Craven, wildlife ecologist

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters will host wildlife ecologist and regular WXPR public-radio guest Scott Craven for a program Thursday, May 15, in its main lodge.

The program is part of the Nibbles n’ Knowledge monthly lecture series at the Discovery Center and will focus on wildlife-based recreation.

Craven will examine hunting, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife feeding and watching, and surveying.  He also will explore how these activities draw people to live, recreate, work in and visit Wisconsin’s North Woods.

He will explore this growing area of interest and tourism

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
Vilas Shooting Range now open
By Joe Costanza
Special to the News-Review

The Vilas County Shooting Range is now open that spring has finally arrived.

Dale Mayo, administrator of the county Parks and Recreation Department, said the shooting range, located on Highway 45 North about 6 miles north of downtown Eagle River, resumed operation last Thursday after being closed for the winter.

The range is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during spring,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:44 PM
Fishing opens this Saturday
Because of ice still covering most lakes in the North Woods, rivers, channels and small lakes might be the only places to fish this weekend — the opener for game fish.       —STAFF PHOTO

Anglers can now keep largemouth bass

By News-Review Staff

Anglers heading out for  opening day of the inland fishing season this Saturday, May 3, will find a mixed bag of fishing conditions and the opportunity to harvest largemouth bass in May in northern Wisconsin for the first time in 22 years.

“People can look forward to another year of exciting fishing in Wisconsin,”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:19 PM
Muskie league plans meeting

The Three Lakes Wednesday Night Muskie League will have an organizational meeting Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming season.

The meeting will be in the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Bar in Three Lakes. Any teams and anglers are invited to attend. The 2014 rules will be discussed.

Those who would like further information can contact Chris Blicharz at (715) 493-4640.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:19 PM
ATV safety course planned in Oneida

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Oneida County All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Association, will sponsor a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-certified ATV safety course.

The course will be held at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center, located at 2000 E. Winnebago St. in Rhinelander.

The course will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 12-13,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:18 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 06, 2014 2:24 PM )
Group to hike Raven Trail

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet to hike the Raven Nature Trail east of Woodruff Sunday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting point will be at 8368 Woodruff Road.

Participants may take along spring flower guides and bird references to help others learn to help identify flowers and birds.

Attendees also should also take a snack to share with others following the hike.

All new and former participants are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Norma at (715) 477-1984.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:18 PM
Leftover tags still available for spring turkey season

Though the 2014 spring turkey season is officially under way in Wisconsin, there are still tags available and a number of public hunting lands to enable hunters to give the season a try.

“With such a large number of public hunting lands available and almost 38,000 leftover turkey tags left for the spring season, 2014 is an excellent year for first-timers and seasoned veterans alike to head out and turkey hunt,” said Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) upland wildlife ecologist.

No additional permits are available in turkey management Zone 7

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:17 PM
DNR officials report fish kills on some North Woods lakes
While an aerator is keeping the water open on a portion of Thunder Lake, the DNR reports a winter fish kill on the lake, including bluegills, walleyes and crappies.        —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With more than two feet of ice still covering some lakes in the North Woods, state fish biologists are expecting an increase in fish kills due to low oxygen levels in some shallower lakes.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fish biologist John Kubisiak in Rhinelander said he has heard reports of dead fish on Thunder Lake, Sweeney Lake and Buckskin Lake, though none of them are severe at this time.

“Thunder Lake has a big aerator and Buckskin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 AM