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Northwoods Fishing Transition Submitted: 03/07/2013
Story By Ryan Abney


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.


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