Northwoods Fishing/Outdoor Report 3-30-09

As of March 30, 2009:

Fishing, Outdoor, and Event Reports for
Eagle River, Wisconsin;
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area;
Lake of the Woods and Rainy River out of Sportsman’s Lodge (Baudette,
Minnesota).

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THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:

- – Excellent action for crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle River,
Wisconsin area.

- – Walleye, and northern season remains OPEN on many waters in the
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area. Very strong open water walleye bite, with
some whopper northerns being taken, in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

- – Walleye season remains OPEN on Lake of the Woods, with some fantastic
open water fishing for walleye, northerns and sturgeon coming up on the
Rainy River, out of Sportsman’s Lodge, Baudette, Minnesota.

– Wisconsin spring turkey hunt is coming up. Wisconsin’s wild turkey
population is huge – -and growing. Each one of our Wisconsin reporting
areas: Eagle River and the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area can offer turkey
hunters fabulous opportunities. Make your reservations now. Contact
information for each area is listed after their individual reports.

WEEKLY OUTDOOR AND FISHING REPORTS, and current calendars:

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) — as of March 30, 2009:

(Head): Excellent action for crappies, bluegills and perch in the Eagle
River, Wisconsin area.

This is the time of year, when we URGE you not to go out on the ice in the
Eagle River area, without a guide. The Eagle River area has a wealth of
excellent guides who know where and when to go, and will put you on lots of
fish, in complete safety. With the rain, and warm ups, ice is deteriorating,
and while there are still some decent ice depths on certain lakes, it’s
essential that a guide is used who knows the various lakes and conditions,
literally minute-to-minute. Don’t take any chances.

There is some excellent panfishing action in the Eagle River area, right
now. Anglers are catching lots of fish, albeit many are small. However
it’s great fun, and there are some nice sized fish being caught, in the mix.

Crappie action is picking up rapidly in the Eagle River area. Fish 8 to 10
feet water and look for any emerging green weeds. The crappies will suspend
at varying depths on the water column, and are hitting waxies or Berkley
Gulp. Some nice slabs are being taken.

Lots of furious bluegill action in the Eagle River area, but most of the
fish are on the small size. Kids are having a blast Fish 6 to 8 feet of
water, and look for weeds. Use Berkley Gulp, spikes or waxies.

The perch in the Eagle River area hitting strongly on wigglers. Fish in 12
feet of water or less, over sand or mud bottom. The perch are hugging the
bottom. Plenty of action, with some nice 12 inch jumbos mixed in with the
smaller sizes.

(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interview with the staff of Guides Choice Pro Shop).

Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, 715-477-2248
* “Muskie Matt”, 715-479-8086; e-mail: info@muskiematt.com
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
e-mail: fishing@eaglesportscenter.com
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***Some outdoor activities and events coming up in Eagle River, Wisconsin:

– Fri.-Sun., March 27-29, 2009: Ice Masters 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament at
the Eagle River Ice Arena. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- Sat.-Mon., May 2-4, 2009: Walleye Fishing School at Wild Eagle Lodge.
World class fishing, premier lodging and meals. Expert hands on instruction
and guiding with guide/instructor “Muskie Matt.” Eagle River Chamber of
Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org

*****- -Sat., May 9, 2009: 13th Annual Journey’s Marathon. Challenging
and inspirational spring race meandering along rustic roads, through the
Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and passing many scenic
northern Wisconsin lakes. Many venues and opportunities for all. Eagle
River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- -Wed.-Sun., May 13-17, 2009: Weeds N’ Walleye Fishing School in Eagle
River. “Ranger Rick” Krueger owner of Guides Choice Pro Shop will share his
walleye expertise and teach how to catch walleyes in the weeds. Trip
includes four nights lodging, breakfast, dinner, Power-Point presentations,
map marking seminars, technique seminars, demonstrations, lake maps, on-the
water monitoring, evening discussions and raffles. Eagle River Chamber of
Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org

Eagle River, ranked in “Best Town for a Fishing Getaway” and “Best Town for
a Boating Getaway.”

Spring in Eagle River provides the seasonal renewal that we all seek. Wild
flowers, forests, and meadows; shimmering lakes, rivers and streams; soaring
eagles and birds; cavorting deer and wildlife of all types; biking, hiking,
golf, legendary fishing; picnicking and relaxation; community festivals and
celebrations; museums, entertainment, accommodations and food, to match
every taste and budget. Come, experience and enjoy the rebirth that is
spring in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

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***Wausau/Central Wisconsin area (MARATHON COUNTY, including the communities
of Kronenwetter, Mosinee, Rib Mountain, Rothschild, Schofield, Wausau, and
Weston) — as of March 30, 2009:

(Head): Walleye, and northern season remains OPEN on many waters in the
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area. Very strong open water walleye bite, with
some whopper northerns being taken, in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

Ice fishing is pretty-much over in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area, as
open water anglers are enjoying some tremendous walleye action.

The boat landings in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area are open and anglers
are getting out in droves. Anglers are hauling in walleyes right and left.
Limits are the norm, and 10 pound fish are being caught with some
regularity. Look for slower moving water in the 12 to 16 foot range, and
vertically jig with one- quarter to three-eighth ounce lead head jigs tipped
with fathead minnows. Anglers are getting the largest fish by running some
sort of plastic with their presentation – - like a twister tail or a shad
tail, for added size. Orange and yellow have been consistent producers.

While targeting walleyes, in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area, anglers are
hooking into some whopper northerns, or even a huge sturgeon, as these fish
are readily available and will take the same presentations that are used for
the walleyes. Just remember that if you hook into a sturgeon, you must
IMMEDIATELY release it, as there is no open season for sturgeon in the
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

Unlike most areas of Wisconsin during the late spring “shoulder season”,
walleye, and northern fishing remains open after March 1 on many of the
waters in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

Furthermore, when the regular Wisconsin fishing season does “open”, the
daily bag limit for walleye (particularly north of Wausau) may range from
two to three fish (because of Native American spearing initiatives and the
resulting DNR “quota limits”); the daily bag limit in the Wausau/Central
Wisconsin area REMAINS at the “normal” Wisconsin five (5) fish per day
throughout the year.

The highly productive Wausau/Central Wisconsin area spring turkey season is
right around the corner, and with the snow gone, it’s a good time to get out
and start preparing for the gobblers.

With such a wealth of opportunities, it’s important for anglers to practice
catch-and-release for everything but a few for the frying pan. This simple
and mindful conservation will insure that the legendary fishing in the
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area will continue for generations to come. (This
report based on interview with guide Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Fishing &
Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee).

For more information about the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area:
*Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau: 888-948-4748, or
715-355-8788; web: www.visitwausau.com
Fishing and hunting info:
* Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services (Phil Schweik, John Sparbel,
Craig Lemmer, Justin Gaiche, Glen Moberg); phone: 715-693-5843; e -mail:
info@hooksetters.biz; web: www.hooksetters.biz
* Wisconsin Angling Adventures (Joel DeBoer), web:
www.wisconsinanglingadventures.com; e-mail: joelthemuskyman@charter.net;
phone: 715-297-7573

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***Some outdoor activities and events coming up in the Wausau/Central
Wisconsin area in the coming weeks:

– Fri., March 6-Sun. to April 19, 2009: Spring Thaw: Wisconsin Waterways.
Wisconsin rivers, lakes and streams are seen like never before. No waders
required. Gallery on ArtsBlock, Wausau. Website: www.cvawausau.org;
Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau: 888-948-4748, or
715-355-8788; e-mail: info@visitwausau.com; web: www.visitwausau.com

Sat., May 9, 2009: 4th Annual Spring Shoot-Out Fishing Tournament. Held on
Half Moon Lake and the Wisconsin River. Entry fee $50, per boat of two
people. Prize money for 1st-5th places. Location base: Half Moon Bar &
Grill, Mosinee. Great fun and great fishing! Wausau/Central Wisconsin
Convention & Visitors Bureau: 888-948-4748, or 715-355-8788; e-mail:
info@visitwausau.com; web: www.visitwausau.com

– The Wausau/Central Wisconsin’s spring season is a magnet for those who
seek not only the beauty and enormous breadth of nature, but also the finest
hiking, biking, touring, golfing, sightseeing, birding exploring,
picnicking, relaxing, and legendary open water fishing anywhere (remember,
most waters in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area REMAIN OPEN for walleye,
and northern throughout the year, without any closed season). Wonderful
tracts of forest, pristine waters, wild flowers, birds and wildlife surround
visitors at every turn. The services, infrastructure, entertainment,
museums, accommodations, restaurants, and non-stop community activities,
festivals and events provide something for every taste. Wausau/Central
Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau: 888-948-4748, or 715-355-8788; web:
www.visitwausau.com

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***Sportsman’s Lodge and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge on the Rainy River,
and southern end of Lake of The Woods (Baudette, Minnesota) — as of March
30, 2009:

(Head): Walleye season remains OPEN on Lake of the Woods, with some
fantastic open water fishing for walleye, northerns and sturgeon coming up
on the Rainy River, out of Sportsman’s Lodge, Baudette, Minnesota.With the ice starting to move out, now’s the time to plan to get up to
Sportsman’s Lodge, as the open water fishing on the Rainy River is
spectacular in April and May. Walleyes will be hitting hard until the
season closes on April 14th (re-opening May 9th), but that’s not all. There
are some huge northerns and sturgeon that will attack your line during April
and May. Sportsman’s Lodge has its 20 foot Lund Alaskan boat and top-flight
guides to put you on great fishing – -some of the best in North America.

(This report based on Creative Brilliance interview with Sportsman’s Lodge
co-owner, Gregg Hennum).

Sportsman’s Lodge. phone: 866-750-0809; web: www.sportsmansmn.com)
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Highlights at Sportsman’s Lodges:

*****Special Spring Fishing Note for Sportsman’s Lodge:

Here’s a general schedule of spring fishing at Sportsman’s Lodge and the
Rainy River.

River fishing (on the Rainy River out of Sportsman’s Lodge) usually starts
by the second week in April, weather (ice out) permitting. Walleye season
goes until April 14 and then it is closed until May 9. River fishing for
northern and sturgeon is also very popular and can be very exciting in April
and May too! Northern fishing does not close and is very good the end of
April and through May.

Sturgeon Fishing , catch and release can be enjoyed all year, and for those
want to harvest these magnificent fish, the harvest dates for 2009 are:
April 24- May 7 & July
1 – Sept 30, and of course there’s Sportsman’s Lodge annual
catch-and-release sturgeon tournament being held, Sat./Sun., May 1-2, 2009.

*****Fri./Sat., May 1-2, 2009: 3rd Annual Sportsman’s Lodge North Star
Catch-and-Release Sturgeon Classic. Cash prizes awarded, banquet, kids
welcome, guided packages and special rates available. Great fun. Great
opportunity Sanctioned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

– Sportsman’s motto is: “Hookem’ and cookem’.” Sportsman’s will be happy
to clean and prepare your walleye or sauger for you after a day’s fishing.
This is the best way to enjoy these super-fresh and delicious fish, and
still have some to take home with you.

– Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge property is forty miles out on Lake of the Woods
on Oak Island. Secluded and remote, but easily accessible and served by
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge as a base camp (with great food, beverages,
supplies, gas, liquor, tackle, maps and grocery items). Eagle Ridge has two
cabins with accommodations for up to16 and is available for extended stays.

– The Beltrami Island State Forest offers wilderness lovers nearly 67,000
acres of every type of natural setting to explore. Established routes allow
visitors to comfortably enjoy this spectacular, vast wilderness all year
round. Sportsman’s Lodge offers perfect access to this unique opportunity.

– Sportsman’s Lodge on Lake of the Woods, Baudette, MN is proud to announce
that recent creel census results conducted by the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources shows that on average, the Lake of the Woods walleye catch
rate is the best of any lake in the State of Minnesota.

– Sportsman’s Lodge is now offering air charter service to Baudette, MN
directly from the Anoka County (Twin Cities) airport on eight passenger
jet-prop aircraft from Wilderness Air Service in the Twin Cities. About an
hour’s fast and convenient flight.

– Cross-border fishing (American and Canadian waters) on Lake of the Woods
is available out of Sportsman’s Lodges. For information about required
permits, licenses and opportunities contact us. Fish for walleye, sauger,
northern, bass and jumbo perch from the main lodge or at Sportsman’s Oak
Island Lodge.

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For more information on any of the above: Sportsman’s Lodge, phone:
866-750-0809; web: www.sportsmansmn.com

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