RHINELANDER - Starting this week---Walleye and Northern Pike are officially off-limits to fishermen. Winter game fishing came to a close last Sunday.
That might leave some fishing enthusiasts with extra free-time until spring. While some fishermen plan vacations in between seasons---others head to the melting lakes for some extra practice.Regional Lakes Biologist Steve Avellamont has studied these lakes for 30-years.
He knows plenty of people who stop fishing around this time of year---but he can tell you plenty of reasons why panfish are still in big supply.
"It takes a lot of energy to build the eggs that they're going to lay. So energy intake needs to be greater as well so it's probably a combination of that and length of day light that helps to stimulate a bite as it's called." Avellamont calls this transition period "Gentleman's Ice Fishing."
It helps to make the Northwood's a non-stop fishing destination. On March 13th, The DNR is holding a panfish meeting in Rhinelander.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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