The Must Do – Fishing In Wisconsin

The 12 Step Program To Complete Your WI Fishing Bucket List.

The Must Do Dozen

By: Barb Carey

Wisconsin is one of the most diverse places to fish in the world.  In addition to a variety of species that are available, there are also opportunities to experience unique styles of fishing, some of which have a sub culture of their own. Consider this a bucket list of Wisconsin Fishing Adventures. Continue Reading

The Importance of Catch and Release 

The Importance of Catch and Release 

Once thought of as an attitude of the musky and trout anglers, catch and release is becoming a common theme throughout the fishing community. Fishing purely for the fun of it, is a significant shift from the attitudes of our forefathers, who have historically spent their fishing time working to fill limits. Continue Reading

Fishing Vintage Gear

Fishing Vintage Gear

I collect old fishing equipment. I guess it started when my grandmother gave me my grandfather’s gear after he died. He left me about half a dozen old rods with metal level wind casting reels, his old tackle box and his deer hunting rifle. This was shortly before I joined the Army and left on what would become a twenty year career. During those years I moved ten times but through all those moves I kept grandfather’s old gear. Continue Reading

Blue Chicory 

Beautiful Blue Chicory 

By: Lawanda Jungwirth 

Over the years, plant breeders have spent tremendous amounts of time and money trying to produce flowers that bloom in beautiful blue, but haven’t had much success. Mother Nature, however, easily hit a home run the first time at bat with chicory. Its pure sky-blue blooms line the gravelly edges of Wisconsin roadsides, abandoned railroads, parking lots and vacant lots from July through October.    Continue Reading

Smelt Fry

A SMELT FRY STILL BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER 

One of the earliest signs of spring, when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, was the legendary smelt runs on Lake Michigan and with it the ever-popular smelt fries. Every church, bar, VFW Hall and American Legion Post seemed to have one. 

Eventually, the smelt runs diminished and with it the smelt fries. But today, in the northwestern side of the state, The Baldwin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station has kept the tradition of the spring smelt fry alive. On the last Friday in April, they put on a day long smelt fry attracting people from all over western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.  Continue Reading

Spring Walleye Tradition

Crank Out A New Spring Walleye Tradition

By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

There is a lot of tradition in fishing. Whether it be an annual fishing trip with a group of friends, stopping for breakfast at the family-owned restaurant on the edge of town, or wearing your lucky hat, tradition isn’t something many people stray from.

Once you get on the water, you will most likely head to your favorite honey hole. On smaller lakes in the springtime, chances are once you get to your spot, you will start out jigging. This is because it is what you have always done or because you read it in a magazine. This is a big mistake. Fish don’t care and they don’t read magazines! They live in their own environment. Continue Reading