Loading

60°F

57°F

59°F

56°F

58°F

59°F

59°F

61°F

58°F

58°F

61°F

59°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

How Will Walleye Bag Limits Affect Guides?Submitted: 03/20/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


MINOCQUA - Fishing tourism puts money in many pocketbooks in the Northwoods. For those who depend on that revenue lowered walleye bag limits are a big concern.

Both the DNR and local Chippewa tribes say they want a better agreement when it comes to walleye and managing resources. Until that happens though, towns that depend on fishing tourism could take a hit.

The links between the lakes and the economy are complicated to say the least. Still for fishing guides like Russ and Jake Smith of Minocqua, the conditions of the lakes and the populations of fish have a clear economic impact.

"I can remember when all the motels were full," said Russ Smith, "And all the bait shops were very busy… restaurants. It's a snowballing effect. It affects everybody when the fish population and the bag limits are down and people go other places."

The science of caring for fisheries is much more complicated. Life would be easy if the lakes held an unlimited number of walleye. But DNR fisheries expert John Kubisiak knows those desires can't always be met.

"You can make some changes and some tweaks to it, and you can change which species is dominant in a lake, if you push hard enough, but the basic parameters, the basic ability of a lake to sustain fish populations is finite. It's not unlimited."

Kubisiak says lake ecosystems change. There are dozens of reasons why: weather patterns, temperatures, quality of vegetation, number and balance of other predatory fish, shoreline development, and the introduction of non-native species all have an affect.

Economies can change though, and the people of the Northwoods are resilient.

For guides like the Smiths, walleye aren't their only target.
"Pike, perch, crappie, musky, and small mouth bass, and sometimes we take some real little kids out for bluegill and panfish too," says Jack Smith.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

EAGLE RIVER - You can get out on the water and help a good cause this weekend. Wildwood Outdoor Adventures will sponsor Paddle Fest on Saturday, May 23rd.

+ Read More

MERRILL - It looks like Lincoln County doesn't want to keep its fairgrounds after the county approved a measure on Tuesday offering to sell the property to Merrill.

+ Read More

ANTIGO - Some fruit growers in the Northwoods worry the cold overnight weather could hurt their crops this year. Farmers who grow more delicate fruits, like strawberries, are taking precautions.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Board President Julie Paez says opening the center took a lot of community involvement.

"A group of likeminded citizens got together and started the project with the Eagle River Revitalization Program. They kind of started it, kept working on it, and then slowly the board got bigger and bigger, and started programing throughout the community," Paez said.

Organizers were using the other local businesses for studio space, but that will change.

"The whole time we were looking to find a place for us so we could really fulfill our dream, which is to bring more people downtown to Eagle River, help revitalize and sustain downtown Eagle River, and bring something else here to the Northwoods," Paez added.

+ Read More
Hotel earns awards for serviceSubmitted: 05/21/2015

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander AmericInn earned an award from the world's largest travel website this month. TravelAdvisor gave the hotel its' fifth Certificate of Excellence Award. This puts them in TravelAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. Workers believe travelers are taking notice.

 "We have seen a frequency or an increase in the number of our reviews, so people are using the site more and more," explained Rhinelander AmericInn General Manager Erin Skinner. "As far as whether they choose us just because of TripAdvisor, it's hard to tell, but we do hear that from guests."

+ Read More

Play Video

CRANDON - Steven Roberts stumbled to the witness stand on Thursday. Missing part of his left foot, he mostly walks with a walker.

A Forest County jury will decide if what Ray Jones, 46, did to Roberts is enough to convict Jones of attempted murder.

"I got beat up for two days, and left out in the woods for twenty-some-odd hours in freezing cold weather," testified Roberts.

+ Read More

TOMAHAWK - Car enthusiasts will head to Tomahawk this weekend.

The 21st Main Street Memories Car Show draws more than 250 unique cars to the area.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here