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Northwoods Spotlight - Ice FishingSubmitted: 12/11/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

TOMAHAWK - Most people when you talk about fishing, they're thinking about being on a boat under 80 degree weather in July.

But for many of the "true" anglers in the Northwoods, fishing is a year-round sport.

There is no better example of that than what's happening now.

Temperatures below zero, with dangerous wind chills is not ideal weather for many activities. But area ice fishermen are hitting the frozen Northwoods lakes for some outdoor fun.



Kris Zuleger of Little Chicagolike making the 45 minute drive to Lake Alice, just outside of Tomahawk.

"Been fishing for about 20 years," Zuleger says with a glee. "It gets you outside so you don't get 'cabin-fever.'"

"Pretty much I love to be outdoors," Zeemore Lee of Wausau adds. "You're out here with Mother Nature and enjoying the best of it."

Last weekend, ice depth on Lake Alice was around 10 inches. Everyone was excited to be back out on the ice.

"Main necessity is the auger for drilling holes," Tomahawk's Jesse Erickson explains. "Plus I've got a propane tank to set inside the shanty to keep warm."

The action was pretty good as everyone was after bluegills, large and small mouth bass, and walleyes. But even if you didn't have much luck, it was something fun to do.

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