Northwoods Wisconsin Fishing/Outdoor Report 3-24-2010

As of March 24, 2010:

Outdoor and Fishing Reports for:
– Eagle River, Wisconsin;
– Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon
Walleye PS Hooksetters Small
and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:

- - Ice fishing is pretty much over in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Time to get your equipment in shape for a great open water season.

- – Open water anglers having good luck with walleyes, as wild turkey
hunters start pre-season scouting, all going on in and amidst the lakes and
the Wisconsin River of Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near
Mosinee and Wausau).
Remember: The walleye and northern seasons REMAIN
OPEN on many of the waters in Central Wisconsin.

WEEKLY OUTDOOR AND FISHING REPORTS, and calendar highlights:

***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) — as of March 24, 2010:

Ice fishing is pretty much over in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Time to get your equipment in shape for a great open water season.

 Ice out is on the horizon.

It’s that time of year again. With spring having arrived, anglers are
concentrating on getting their boats, and tackle in shape for the upcoming
open water fishing season. It won’t be long, until you’ll be able to launch
your boat and enjoy some of the legendary fishing that the Eagle River area
is known for.

Remember to get your new fishing license, and check out any new regulations
that may apply.
Also – -seriously consider hiring one of the Eagle River area’s excellent
guides. They’ll take care of everything, and it’s a sure way to have a fun
filled, no hassle fishing success experience for you, your family, and
friends.

We in Eagle River look forward to seeing you soon, and wish you “tight
lines” for the upcoming open water season.

(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance
interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge,
“Ranger Rick” Krueger of Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, and Mat Hegy).
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
* “Muskie Matt”, 715-479-8086; e-mail: info@muskiematt.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e:-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com
* Guide’s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner “Ranger Rick” Krueger 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
e-mail: fishing@eaglesportscenter.com
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***Some special calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin:

- – Sun. April 11, 2010: American Legion Riders Association of Wisconsin,
District 11 Meat Raffle Fund Raisers. Support local veterans who have
honored our country with their service. Fresh meat is from Prime Choice Meat
Market in Eagle River. Raffle packages include beef, pork, bacon, chicken,
turkey, sausage and other assorted meats. Worthy cause and lots of fun!
Information: Doug Breit 715-477-2163; Bob Sabatke, 715-499-6154, and: Eagle
River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

- -Fri., April 30-Sun., May 2, 2010: Annual Wild Eagle Lodge Walleye School
on the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes. Learn the art of how to catch
Wisconsin’s favorite game fish ­ the walleye. Conducted by Eagle River
guide, Muskie Matt.
Hands on demonstrations, fishing and expert advice.
Not to be missed or the beginner or experienced angler. Eagle River Chamber
of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org

******–Fri./Sat., May 7-8, 2010: 14th Annual Journeys Marathon in Eagle
River. Marathon, half-marathon and 5K. Lots of activities, prizes, awards,
food, and fun for participants and fans alike. Eagle River Chamber of
Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org.

- - Fri.-Tues., May 14-18, 2010: Weeds N’ Walleyes Fishing School at Guides
Choice Pro Shop in Eagle River. Join guide Ranger Rick Krueger in this
annual school of how/where/when to snag Wisconsin’s favorite gamefish.

Hands on seminars, fishing, and discussions. Lots of fun and lots of great
training for the experienced or neophyte “walleye hunter.” Eagle River
Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
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***(Report on Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s
Marathon and Lincoln Counties near Mosinee and Wausau), — as of March 24,
2010 (Editor’s note: The daily bag limit for walleyes on many lakes and the
Wisconsin River in Central Wisconsin (always check the regulations on the
particular water, first) is five (5) fish per day throughout the year while
the daily bag limit for walleye in many areas north of Mosinee and Wausau
may only be two to three fish because of Native American spearing
initiatives and the resulting DNR “quota limits”).

SPECIAL EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t forget that unlike most all other areas of
Wisconsin, the walleye and northern season on many of the waters in the
Central Wisconsin area DO NOT CLOSE
. You don’t have to just settle for
panfish! Check ahead to make sure the water you want to fish is indeed one
of those that remain “open.”

Open water anglers having good luck with walleyes, as wild turkey
hunters start pre-season scouting, all going on in and amidst the lakes and
the Wisconsin River of Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near
Mosinee and Wausau). Remember: The walleye and northern seasons REMAIN
OPEN on many of the waters in Central Wisconsin.

Ice fishing season at an end, as anglers now concentrating on open
water fishing and the upcoming wild turkey season in the Central Wisconsin
area.

Anglers in the Central Wisconsin area are having good early season open
water success working the deeper pools of the Wisconsin River and its
impoundments
. As most know the walleye season remains open on many of the
waters in the Central Wisconsin area and its backwaters, while most other
bodies of water in Wisconsin are closed for the season. To target the
walleyes during the day, anglers should try working 1/8 ounce and 1Ž4 ounce
jigs tipped with minnows, slowly on the bottom in these deeper pools.
While
targeting the deeper pools, you may get some very nice action from crappies
that are holding in the are, along with an occasional sturgeon. You can
keep the crappies, but the sturgeon must be immediately released.

Some of the more knowledgeable anglers in the Central Wisconsin area are
targeting the walleyes at night by running crankbaits along shallow rocky
shorelines.
These anglers are also picking up a few nice walleyes as they
move up to feed under the cover of darkness. Don’t be surprised if you pick
up a nice northern, smallie or musky (musky must be immediately released)
while fishing in this manner, as these fish are all present in the same
general areas at this time of year.

While the 2010 wild turkey season in the Central Wisconsin area is still a
few weeks away, savvy hunters know that now is the time to start doing some
pre-season scouting. Birds will be grouped up and strutting in and around
any remaining crops left over from last year. Along with that, look for
turkeys to be keyed in on fresh emerging grasses, or newly plowed fields,
where they can get quick access to food sources.

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(This report based on interview with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik
of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee. Wisconsin).

For more information about fishing and hunting in the Central Wisconsin
area:
* Phil Schweik, Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services: phone:
715-693-5843; e-mail: info@hooksetters.biz; web: www.hooksetters.biz

Upcoming 2010 Events and Tournaments for Hooksetter’s Fishing & Hunting
Guide Services:

NOTE: All Hooksetter’s fishing tournaments are done for CHARITY! All
proceeds from the tournaments will go to the Kippenberg Creek Kids. Entry
fees provide the cash prize money, and there is 100% payback of entry fees.
Great fishing opportunities, great fun, years of wonderful response. Join
us. Enjoy yourself and help the Kippenberg Creek Kids!

NOTE the dates of upcoming Hooksetter’s charity fishing tournaments in 2010.
Stay tuned for details, and plan on attending:

Halfmoon Lake:

- -Sat., May 8, 2010: Spring Shoot-Out Fishing Tournament

- -Sat., July 24, 2010: Summer Days Fishing Tournament

–Sat., Oct. 9, 2010: Fall Meltdown Fishing Tournament

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Reports compiled, written & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2010.
Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith, Creative Brilliance
608-827-6483; 800-975-5474 (media). e-mail: cre8vads@cheqnet.net;
cre8vRay@charter.net.

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