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  • Muskie opener
    The muskie fishing season in Wisconsin, for waters north of Highway 10, opens this Saturday, May 26. Area guides say muskies have completed their spawn, but anglers will likely catch smaller male fish. —STAFF PHOTO
  • Free Fun Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, in Wisconsin — that’s when residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails for free.

    “Free Fun Weekend is a great time to get outside and try something you’ve never done before or introduce a family member or friend to something you’ve always enjoyed,” said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Dan Meyer. “Whether it’s fishing, hiking or riding the trails, experiencing Wisconsin’s great outdoors during this weekend could just be the start of a new tradition for you.”

    On Free Fun Weekend, June 2 and 3, the
  • Big crappie
    Ben Peterson of Minocqua caught this nice crappie while fishing on an Oneida County lake. The fish measured just over 13 inches. —Contributed Photo
  • Family donates $4,000 to fishing event in memory of volunteer Sandy Jacobs
    Family and friends of the late Sandy Jacobs recently donated $4,000 from her to the Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) event in Eagle River.
    Sandy Jacobs, who died Aug. 10, 2017, requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to FHNB.
    Her family includes husband Bill; three sons, Joe (Jennifer) Reinhart of Sheboygan, Jason (Peggy) Reinhart of Fond du Lac, and Jason (Wendy) Jacobs of Eldorado; and their children.
    Sandy Jacobs was a longtime member and former treasurer of the Eagle River chapter of FHNB, volunteering countless hours helping children and adults with disabilities fish for a weekend on the
  • ST. GERMAIN — Donald Hiller, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certified boating safety instructor, invites all individuals interested in recreational boating to enroll in a Wisconsin boating safety course. The course will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the community building. The course is sponsored by the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce.

    Anyone is welcome to attend a course, but a student must be at least 10 years of age to receive a certificate. There is no maximum age, and parents and adults are also encouraged to enroll and participate.

    The course fee is $10, which covers
  • For the first time in 12 years, increasing costs of maintenance and other requirements are driving the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to increase fees at Chequa­megon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) campgrounds.

    New fee scales will take effect as campgrounds reopen for the season this Thursday, May 24.

    This is the first time in more than a decade that the CNNF has been able to make changes to recreation use fees. The proposed changes were based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations, and

  • Fishing donation
    Donna Brand, left, of Fishing Has No Boundaries was recently presented with a $500 check from Tricia Goehe, sergeant at arms for Vilas County Tavern League. The funds will help the group with their annual event which aids those with disabilities in enjoying a day of fishing on the Eagle River Chain. —Photo By Sharon Gifford
  • The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, located in Watersmeet, Mich., will begin its summer operating schedule beginning May 21, when the center is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT).

    The Ottawa Visitor Center provides a source of information about the local area and recreation opportunities (camp­ing, hiking, canoeing, maps and more). 

    The center is hosting its Thursday Evening Summer Program series each Thursday evening May through August. The first Thursday evening program is May 31 at 7 p.m. (CDT). Special Plants and Special Places on the Ottawa will be the topic of discussion, hosted by Sue Trull, Ottawa National Forest botanist.

    Also located in the visitor center is
    For the last 24 years, the Eagle River chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries under the guidance of...
  • Collaborative walleye restoration efforts to begin on Lac Vieux Desert this spring
    Straddling the Wisconsin-Michigan border in Vilas and Gogebic counties, and lying within the 1842 Treaty ceded territory, Lac Vieux Desert is a roughly 4,000-acre lake that has been receiving a lot of attention lately.

    Fisheries managers have observed all-time low levels of walleye abundance stemming from declines in natural reproduction. 

    While this decline is not completely understood, a cooperative interagency walleye rehabilitation plan was recently drafted by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan DNR, the Lac Vieux Desert Band and Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Chip­pewa to
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