OUTDOORS RADIOfor the week 16 MAY 2015 | Show 1020: Spring fishing action is good from Lake Michigan to Mercer. Niagara Falls Fishing Adventure winner announced. Come to Burlington Chocolate Fest Memorial Day Weekend. Jeff starts training for the 2016 Ice Fishing World Championship in Europe. Dan shoots at The Range of Richfield. - Dan Small
Enter our new Summer Giveaway: Mercer Fishing Adventure Half day of guided fishing for two with
Mike “Doc” Sabec, two nights’ lodging at the Great Northern Motel, free
registration for the Can-Yak Fishing Tournament, $40 in Loon Dollars,
plus Mercer Memorabilia (T-shirt, loon doll and more) and a Shimano rod
& reel. Total package value more than $600. TO ENTER: visit mercercc.com, click on Enter to Win and Dan Small Outdoors Radio and enter your contact information.
One entry per person. You have until July 25 to enter. We’ll announce the winner with Tina Brunell on Aug. 1st.
- State forest health specialists remind campers and travelers that
firewood can carry harmful insects and diseases that can travel with
firewood if it is moved around the state.
"Insect pests such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, and diseases
like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease spread to new areas easily while
hidden in firewood," said Andrea Diss-Torrance, invasive forest insects
program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
"A few simple steps can help you avoid moving these problems around."
All travelers should follow quarantine rules to help protect Wisconsin's trees and avoid fines.
Second homeowners are advised not to move firewood long distances between their properties, to reduce the risk to their trees.
For more details about firewood in Wisconsin search the DNR website,
http://dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "firewood" or call 1-877-303-WOOD (9663).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Andrea Diss-Torrance, DNR Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator, (608) 264-9247.
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL GUESTS
BILL HILTS, JR. | Outdoor
promotions director for the Niagara Tourism & Convention
Corporation announces the winner of the Niagara Spring Fishing Adventure
and reports fantastic action for trout, salmon and smallmouths on the
Niagara River and Lakes Erie and Ontario http://niagara-usa.com/
LINDA FELLENZ | Marketing director for Burlington Chocolate Fest
talks about chocolate chef demos, carnival rides, live music and the
Chocolate Experience Tent at this great family festival running through
Memorial Day Weekend
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-- RON BAREFIELD
| McFarland fishing guide reports good panfish action and decent bass
action on the Madison chain. Muskies are still in spawn or post-spawn
mode and not hitting lures
News #1Northern anglers encouraged to measure and count this Memorial Day weekend
MADISON -- There's great fishing in store
on northern Wisconsin lakes this Memorial Day weekend and the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources is encouraging visiting anglers and
returning cabin owners to familiarize themselves with some updated rules
before heading out for walleye.
Highlights of the new and upcoming changes include:
A three walleye daily bag limit is now in place on most waters in Wisconsin's Ceded Territory.
DNR developed the three walleye daily bag limit to manage the northern
walleye fishery after listening to citizens and stakeholders eager for
more predictable and uniform angling regulations on lakes in the region.
The new regulations replace the previous system of annually adjusting
bag limits to account for tribal harvest activity.
To learn more about the three-bag limit and other rule updates, search the DNR website, for fishing regulations. For background information on the tribal and recreational fishery and Chippewa treaty rights, search for Ceded Territory.
News #2Will 2015 musky season produce new record from Green Bay? Season opens in northern zone waters on May 23
BAY, Wis. -- While size and bag limits are the subject of frequent
discussion among many anglers, there's one group of fishing enthusiasts
who are relatively unaffected by such matters: musky hunters.
A glance at online fishing forums indicates most musky anglers would
never keep a musky unless they believed the fish was unlikely to survive
or it was a record fish. Steve Hogler, a senior fisheries biologist
with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says his experience
with musky anglers on Green Bay and the Menominee River bears this out.
"Over time, our creel surveys have indicated fewer than 10 musky per
year are actually being harvested from Green Bay," Hogler said. "For the
anglers who have kept the fish, either it's the largest fish they've
ever caught in their life or they have a firm belief that it couldn't be
released healthy, maybe because it swallowed the bait too far. When we
went to increase the size limit from 50 to 54 inches in 2014, we had
very few complaints from musky hunters because the anglers already
viewed it as a trophy fishery."
Buying a fishing license is easy and convenient over the Internet
through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all
authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service
centers vary; check the DNR website
for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are
not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE