Wild things: you don’t need a boat to take advantage of the fishing opportunities in the area

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by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected]

Anglers hoping to net for a meal of fresh fish have a wide variety of options on the Kewaunee Peninsula/Door County.

In addition to miles of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shoreline, there are at least a dozen inland lakes, rivers, and streams that provide casting opportunities. Some of them, like the Ahnapee River and Clark, Kangaroo and East Alaska lakes, are very popular, but they are not the only waters worth fishing.

If you really want to catch more than round gobies, bullheads and miniature sunfish, it’s best to be mentored by a long-time angler. If that’s not an option, visit a local bait and tackle store for advice. While you’re at it, you can learn what to use and what the likely catches are from docks and shorelines in county and state parks, or public docks and piers in townships, towns, and cities.

Sunfish, bass, and pike are among the species you’ll currently find in coastal shallows, providing an excellent chance to hook up from shore. Additionally, hundreds of brown trout were stocked in Scarboro Creek and the East Twin River in Kewaunee County last month, along with thousands of rainbow trout in Krohn Lake near Algoma.

Wisconsin has more than one million paid fishing license holders, as well as hundreds of thousands of people under the age of 16 who don’t yet need a license. Nearly 90% of current participants started fishing before the age of 12, demonstrating the critical importance of introducing fishing early in life.

Catching fish for the frying pan is one of the lures, but research shows that many anglers fish primarily to enjoy nature while escaping the usual demands of life.

You can pick up a copy of Fishing Regulations 2022-23 wherever licenses are sold, or find it online at widnr.widen.net/s/mzbjddk8ph/fishingregselectronic2223.

trout tournament

The biggest challenge at last weekend’s Steelhead Challenge in Sturgeon Bay was finding willing takers, as the cold water and a late spring spawn in the tributaries had rainbows missing.

All trout caught were lakers. The heaviest was a 21.97lb which was part of a total of three 50.9lb trouts for the winning team, You Betcha, skippered by Keith Murphy. Scott Francois of second-place team Rocks and Reels landed a 15.65 pounds, the second-biggest of the day.

Stay safe on the water

Whether you fish from the shore or from a boat, kayak or canoe, plan safe outings while enjoying the water.

Always wear a properly fitted and fitted lifejacket when on or near the water. Life jackets will keep you buoyant if you leave an unexpected fall, if a wave or current overwhelms you, or if you fall from a boat.

Stay sober, too: alcohol impairs judgment, reaction time, and ability. Also, beware of sandbars, rocks, logs, and other lurking hazards; keep an eye on the weather; and let someone know where you are going.

Red-headed woodpeckers are among the most spectacular visitors to suet feeders. Photo by Kevin Naze.

Project Feeder Watch

Children will be able to participate in Project FeederWatch for free during the 2022-23 school year thanks to the generous donation of a longtime public school teacher and helper in the creation of Classroom FeederWatch.

Applications are accepted until June 17. If you are a teacher or know a teacher who might be interested in this opportunity, check out FeederWatch in the Classroom at allaboutbirds.org.

To learn more about the K-12 education program for teachers and children, see birds.cornell.edu/k12.

learn to hunt

In its first year after COVID-19 restrictions closed, the Department of Natural Resources’ Learn to Hunt program attracted a modest 19 organizations and 117 volunteers to provide instruction and opportunities to more than 300 novice hunters. .

The program offers a chance to tackle small game, waterfowl, wild turkey, deer and bear as participants hunt in MNR-approved events without a hunting license, provided they are at the fingertips of an experienced volunteer hunter instructor who has passed a background check. .

This spring, over 500 volunteers coordinated Learn to Hunt events for wild turkey hunting for nearly 500 participants. Find out how you can get involved in the program — as a mentor or participant — at dnr.wisconsin.gov/Education/OutdoorSkills/lth.

One more week to apply

The deadline to submit an application to organize a deer hunt for hunters with disabilities has been extended to June 17 due to a technical issue in the online application form.

Sponsors must have at least 60 acres of land and agree to open their property to at least three disabled hunters to try their luck in this special hunt from October 1-9. To learn more, visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/disdeer.html.

Boone & Crockett Club Yearbook 2021

The 72 pages of the Boone & Crockett Club Yearbook 2021 features over 230 field photos of accepted big game trophy entries last year. The book is free for members or available for $9.95 for non-members. Learn more at boone-crokett.org.

Weekly water levels

As of June 3, Lake Michigan water levels had risen two inches over the past month, but still down six inches from a year ago and 26 inches below the monthly record set there ago. two years. Lake levels were 41 inches above an all-time June low set in 1964.

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