Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hitchhiking zebra mussels = bad news for lakes

They attach to boats, can cause ecological nightmare.

By Tim Darragh Of The Morning Call
December 22, 2008

Inside a pipe connecting a hydroelectric plant to a lake on the Pennsylvania- Maryland border, environmental workers earlier this year found a half-inch-long world of trouble.

Workers at the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam in Maryland discovered a Dreissena polymorpha -- a zebra mussel -- the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed last month. A follow-up survey released last week found more attached to a pontoon boat in Conowingo Lake and in a reservoir feeding into it.

That's bad news to biologists, who say the pesky mollusk is an ecological nightmare, difficult to contain and expensive to control. (Full Story)

Source: The Morning Call.com

New tapeworm found in Great Lakes fish

by Jeff Alexander Muskegon Chronicle
Monday December 22, 2008, 11:18 PM

An outbreak of tapeworms in Lake Huron walleye has Michigan officials urging people to avoid eating sushi made with freshwater fish caught in the Great Lakes region.

The warning came as a Canadian researcher reported the first documented case of Asian fish tapeworms in Great Lakes fish.

David Marcogliese, a research scientist at Environment Canada's research station in Montreal, reported the discovery of Asian tapeworms in Lake Huron walleye in the most recent issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research. (Full Story)

Source: Muskegon Chronicle

Ontario: Detroit taking Canada water without OK

ASSOCIATED PRESS • December 23, 2008

HAMILTON, Ontario — Detroit has possibly been stealing Canadian water for 44 years.
It seems the Motor City’s drinking-water intake pipe extends about 100 yards across the international boundary in the Detroit River, and it’s been siphoning as much as 32 billion gallons a year since 1964 without a water-taking permit.

“The City of Detroit was unfamiliar with Ontario requirements for water takings and has never had a permit to take water,” the Ontario Ministry of the Environment told the Hamilton Spectator. (Full Story)

Source: Detroit Free Press

New Television Program is a Breakthrough as it Takes Ice Fishing to a New Level

Minneapolis, MN. Many people would think, “just what we need, another fishing show,” but this revolutionary concept in outdoor programming is expected to change the way all outdoor programs are produced in the future.

The name of the first program to use this concept will be called “Ice Fishing Today” and is the brainchild of a 30 year veteran in outdoor programming, Tom Zenanko of Minneapolis .

“I have hosted and produced literally hundreds of projects in my career,” stated Zenanko. “I have been completely turned-off by the lack of originality and creative ideas in outdoor programs today. The “Buck and Bubba” shows are everywhere with the advent of cheap video systems and a desire to be famous. Actually, the “Sportsman’s Journal” series I hosted and produced in the 80’s was cutting edge then, but is exactly how 99% of all outdoor programs are done today. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been on television and it was the breakthrough I had with Ice Fishing Today that got me out of retirement and back in front of the camera.”

In Zenanko’s new series “Ice Fishing Today,” the program will be the first to be extensively linked directly to the World Wide Web and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Many shows now have web sites in conjunction with their show, but none that integrate the show into the web so a viewer is free to learn more and have easy access to additional information on demand. In producing any 30 minute program, literally hours of video tape are not shown simply because of time restrictions. Now with the access to streaming video clips, you’re invited to watch the best ice fishermen in the country share their secrets, unedited and in the extended play version, the way it was filmed. Fans of ice fishing will be able to go to icefishingtoday.com and watch any of the programs along with bonus segments at any time.

Ice Fishing Today will be aired on both broadcast and cable networks in targeted markets all across the ice belt starting in November. If you would like to learn more, be sure to check out www.icefishingtoday.com


October 3 & 4, 2009

Ten area lakes are included in this catch & release tournament. Cash drawing and many fantastic door prizes are awarded to the entrants. More information, entry forms, and regulations available at our Greater Wisconsin Muskie Tournament page. 2008 tournament results are posted on the linked page. 2008 Souvenir Hat still available - click here to order yours! (715) 477-2205 or (800) 727-7203, info@st-germain.com, www.st-germain.com/newsite/contact.htm

What's Happening... and Where - April 2009

April to be Announced. Check their website.
QCCA In-Fisherman Swap Meet, Expo Center, Rock Island, IL, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Inc., Arlynn Hartwig, (309) 788-5912, http://www.qccaexpocenter.com/.

April 3-5
Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Exhibition Hall & Arena, Alliant Energy Ctr. of Dane County Expo Center, Madison WI, Target Communications (800) 324-3337, http://www.deerinfo.com/.

April 3-5
Lake Home and Cabin Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN, Porchlight Productions, Dave Greer, (952) 471-1192, http://www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com/.

What's Happening... and Where - March 2009

March 4-8
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Expo Center, West Allis, WI, Great Outdoors (800) 472-2070, www.jsonline.com/sportsshow.

March 5-8
Red River Valley Sportsmen's Boat, Camping, & Vacation Show, Fargodome, Fargo, ND, Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko, (763) 755-8111, Fax (763) 755-8241, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

March 6-8
Columbus RV Super Show, Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds, Columbus, OH, Odessey Expositions, Rob Lynch (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

March 6-8
Iowa Deer Classic, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, Legendary Whitetails, Hylee Hall, (262) 243-6021, http://www.iowadeerclassic.com/.

March 6-8
Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show, Expo Centre, ShopKo Hall, Green Bay, WI, (800) 628-7971.

March 6-8
Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL, Porchlight Productions LLC, Dave Greer, (952) 471-1192, http://www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com/.

March 12-15
Sioux Empire Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show, Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD, Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko (763) 755-8111, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

March 12-15
Boat and Fishing Show, Lansing Center, Lansing, MI, Showspan, Inc., Adam Starr (616) 447-2860, http://www.showspan.com/.

March 12-15
Northwest Sport Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN, NMMA, Jennifer Thompson, (800) 777-4766, fax (312) 946-6200, http://www.nmma.org/ or http://www.northwestsportshow.com/.

March 12-15
Spring Boating Expo, Rock Financial Show Place, Novi, MI, MBIA, (734) 261-0123, http://www.mbia.org/.

March 13-15
Eastern Iowa Sport Show, UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA, Iowa Show Productions, Inc., John Bunge (319) 232-0218, Fax (319) 235-8932, www.iowashows.com.

March 13-15
Minnesota Deer Classic and Sport Show, Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Coliseum Building, St. Paul, MN, Wildlife Heritage Assoc., Hugh Price (763) 746-2656, Fax, (763) 746-2659 or hughprice@msn.com, http://www.deer-expo.com/.

March 13-15
Alpena Camper & RV Show, Northern Lights Arena, Alpena, MI; MARVAC, Debra Behrendt, (800) 422-6478, http://www.marvac.org/.

March 13-15
Lexington RV Super Show, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY, Odyssey Expositions, (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

March 13-15
Minnesota Deer and Turkey Expo, Four Season Centre, Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna, MN, Target Communications, (800) 324-3337, http://www.deerinfo.com/.

March 14-15
The Iowa Sportsman Outdoor Sports, RV & Boat Show, Iowa Central Community College Career Education Building, Fort Dodge, IA, The Messenger, Leanne Darr (800) 622-6613, ext. 428, classads@messengernews.net, http://www.messengernews.net/.

March 18-22
71st Cleveland Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show, I-X Center, Cleveland, OH, Expositions, Inc., Chris Fassnacht, (216) 529-1300, x-32, http://www.expoinc.com/ or http://www.sportandtravel.com/.

March 19-22
Ultimate Sport and RV Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI, Showspan Inc, Adam Starr, (616) 447-2860, Fax (616) 530-2122, http://www.showspan.com/.

March 20-22
Dubuque Whitetail classic. Go to http://www.circlemauctions.com/

March 20-22
Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo, Bricker Building, Ohio Expo Center, State Fairgrounds, Columbus, OH, Target Communications (800) 324-3337, http://www.deerinfo.com/.

March 27-29
Fish and Game League Sport Show, Douglas County, Wessman Arena, Superior, WI, (715) 394-4982.

March 27-29
Lake Home and Cabin Show, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI, Porchlight Productions, Dave Greer, (952) 471-1192, http://www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com/.

March 27-29
18th Annual Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show, Grand Traverse Civic Arena, Traverse City, MI, MARVAC, Debra Behrendt, (800) 422-6478, http://www.marvac.org/.

March 27-29
Cottage & Lakefront Living Show at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI. ShowSpan, Inc., (800) 328-6550, http://www.wisconsinboatshow.com/ or http://www.showspan.com/.

March 27-29
Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center/Expo, 880 E. Riverside, Rockford, IL, Showtime Prod. Brenda Rotolo (815) 877-8043, http://www.showtimeproduction.net/.

What's Happening... and Where - February 2009

February 5-8
Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, Perani Arena & Events Center, Flint, MI, MARVAC, Debra Behrendt (800) 422-3543, http://www.marvac.org/.

February 5-8
Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN, AGI Events, Vilma Fraguada, (800) 848-6247, http://www.agievents.com/.

February 6-8
Pheasants Forever National Pheasant Fest, Exhibition Hall, Alliance Energy Center, Madison, WI. Pheasants Forever, (887) 773-2070, http://www.pheasantsforever.org/ or http://www.seedesmoines.com/.

February 6-8
All-Canada Show, Veteran’s Auditorium, DesMoines, IA, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

February 6-8
Cedar Rapids Sports Show, Coralville Conference Center, Coralville, IA, Iowa Show Prod., John Bunge (319) 232-0218, http://www.iowashows.com/.

February 6-8
Sioux Empire Boat & Marine Products Show, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD. Cenaiko Productions (763) 755-8111, Fax (736) 288-9852, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

February 6-8
Jim Strader Hunting and Fishing Expo, Kentucky International Convention Center, Downtown Louisville, Louisville, KY, Jim Strader (502) 254-5000, fax (502) 339-3590, http://www.jimstrader.com/.

February 6-8
Cincinnati RV Super Show, Wall 2 Wall Sports Complex, Madison, OH; Odessey Expositions, (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

February 7
Annual Ice Fishing Tournament on Big St. Germain Lake. Registration at 7 am at Fibber's on Big St. Germain Drive. Fishing begins at 8 am to 3 pm. There will be cash prizes, raffles, and door prizes. Entry Fee is $25.00. Big St. Germain Lake. Host Organization: Plum Lake EMT. Sponsors: Fibber's Bar & Restaurant, Phone: 715-892-0044. Website: http://www.st-germain.com/

February 7-8
Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School, 6111 W. 175th Street (east of Ridgeland), Tinley Park, IL, Richard Komar (708) 444-0921.

February 7-15
Eastern Sports,Travel & Outdoor Show, State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA, Reed Exhibition Companies, Rich Casey (800) 732-2914, fax (781) 622-8042, http://www.sport.reedexpo.com/.

February 9-11
All-Canada Show, Holiday Inn Convention Centre, Omaha, NE, Eric Maravilla (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

February 11-15
St. Louis Boat & Sports Show, America's Center and Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO, NMMA Boat Shows Kathi Ousley (314) 567-0020, Fax (314) 567-1810,http://www.nmma.org/ or http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/.

February 11-15
43rd Detroit Camper & RV Show, Rock Financial Show Place, Novi, MI, MARVAC, Debra Behrendt (800) 422-6478, http://www.marvac.org/.

February 12-15
Columbus Sport, Vacation & Boat Show, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH, Hart Productions, Chip Hart, (877) 704-8190, fax (513) 797-1013, http://www.hartproductions.com/.

February 12-15
LaCrosse Boat, Sports & Travel Show, LaCrosse Expo Center, LaCrosse, WI, Shamrock Productions, (952) 431-9630, http://www.shamrockprod.com/.

February 12-15
Schaumburg Boat & Sport Show, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL. NMMA, Keith Ogulnick, (312) 946-6242, http://www.nmma.org/ or http://www.schaumburgsportshow.com/.

February 13-15
Michigan Deer & Turkey Spectacular, Lansing Ctr., Lansing, MI, Target Communications (800) 324-3337, http://www.deerinfo.com/.

February 13-15
Milwaukee Musky Expo, State Fair Park, West Allis, WI, Reuter's Show Productions (608) 833-6955, http://www.muskieexpo.com/.

February 13-15
St. Cloud Sportsmen’s Show, St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud, MN. Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko, (763) 755-8111, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

February 13-15
Dayton Boat Super Show, Airport Expo Center, Vandalia, OH; Odessey Expositions (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

February 14-22
51st Annual Detroit Boat Show, Cobo Convention/Exhibition Center, Detroit, MI, MBIA, Jim Maples (734) 261-0123, ext. 202, Fax (734) 261-0880, http://www.mbia.org/.

February 18-22
Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI, ShowSpan, Inc., Adam Starr, (616) 447-2860, http://www.showspan.com/.

February 18-22
Duluth Boat, Sports & Travel Show, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center, Duluth, MN, Shamrock Prod. (952) 431-9630, http://www.shamrockprod.com/.

February 19-22
QCCA Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Adventure Show, QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, IL. Quad City Conservation Alliance, Inc., Arlynn Hartwig (309) 788-5912, www,qccaexpocenter.com.

February 19-22
St. Louis RV, Vacation & Travel Show, American Center, St. Louis, MO, Let’s Go Promotions, Steve Lengyel (314) 355-1236, Fax (618) 288-9952, http://www.stlrv.com/, http://www.letsgoshows.com/.

February 19-22
Mid-America Boat Show, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO, Convention Center, IGA Events, Debbie Hawthorne, (303) 892-6800, http://www.agievents.com/.

February 20-22
Central Illinois Boat and Fishing Show, East Peoria Events Center, East Peoria, IL. R & B Productions, Andy Dugos, (309) 693-9667, ext. 18, Fax (309) 693-3465, rbshows.com.

February 20-22
Black Hills Sport Show and Sales, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD, Jim Glines (605) 343-4279, http://www.backhillssportsshowandsale.org/.

February 20-22
Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Exposition, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Exposition Hall, Indianapolis, IN, Renfro Productions & Management, Inc. (877) 892-1723, http://www.renfroproductions.com/.

February 20-22
St. Louis Deer Classic and Outdoor Expo, Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL, Wildlife Heritage Assoc., Hugh Price (763) 746-2656, Fax (763) 746-2659, or hughprice@msn.com., www.deer-expo.com.

February 20-March 1
Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN, Renfro Productions & Management, Inc. Kevin Renfro (877) 892-1723, http://www.renfroproductions.com/.

February 20-22
38th Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park, IL, Showtime Production, Inc., Brenda Rotolo (815) 877-8043, fax (815) 877-9037,brenda@showtimeproduction.net, http://www.showtimeproduction.net/.

February 21-22
31st Annual Fisherman’s Swap Meet & Boat Show, 4-H Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds. Mid-Iowa Bass Masters, Denny Farrell (515) 473-4089, http://www.midiowabassmasters.com/.

February 26-March 1
River Centre Minnesota Boat & Marine Products Show, RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN, Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko (763) 755-8111, www,cenaiko.com.

February 26-March 1
Cottage and Lakefront Living Show, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, MI, Showspan Inc., (616) 447-2860, showspan.com.

February 26-March 1
Outdoorama, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, MI, Showspan Inc., (616) 447-2860, showspan.com.

February 27-28
Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Interstate Center, Bloomington, IL, Target Communications (800) 324-3337, http://www.deerinfo.com/.

February 27-March 1
Madison Fishing Expo, Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Center, Madison, WI, (608) 245-1040, http://www.madfishexpo.com/.

February 27 - March 1
Chicago Fishing Expo, The Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, Lynwood, IL, Jim Minogue, (815) 331-6186 or (888) 460-4513, Fax (815) 331-7449, http://www.chicagofishingexpo.com/, email info@chicagofishingexpo.com.

February 27-March 1
Wisconsin Deer Classic and Hunting Expo, ShopKo Hall, Expo Centre, Green Bay, WI, (800) 628-7971
February 27-March 1
QCCA RV Camping and Travel Show, QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, IL, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Inc., Arlynn Hartwig, (309) 788-5912, http://www.qccaexpocenter.com/.

February 27-March 1
Springfield Boat Show, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Orr and Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, Let’s Go Promotions, Steve Lengyel (314) 355-1236, fax (618) 288-9852, http://www.letsgoshows.com/.

February 28-March 1
Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Expo Center, Valparaiso, IN, Janet Ryan (219) 926-7938.

February 28-March 1
ALL NEW Deerfield Outdoor Show, Deerfield High School, Deerfield, IL; Jeff Hoyer, (224) 632-3465, deerfieldoutdoorshow@dist113.org.

What's Happening... and Where January 2009

January to be Announced:
Hammond Outdoor Sport Show, The Jean Shepherd Community Center, Dowling Park, Hammond, IN, Donna Muta (219) 853-6378 x316.

January to be Announced. Check their website.

RV Central/RV Show, Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, IA, RV Central, Stan Vander Plaats, (712) 324-5395, http://www.rvcentralinc.com/.

January 2-4
All Canada Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN, Exhibit Hall A, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 2-4
Let’s Go Fishing Show, Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL, Let’s Go Promotions, Steve Lengyel (314) 355-1236, Fax (618) 288-9852, http://www.letsgoshows.com/.

January 2-4
Annual DesMoines Sport, Boat, Tackle, Vacation RV Show, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Varied Industries Bldg., DesMoines, IA, R.K. Shows, Inc., Rex Kehrli (563) 927-8176, http://www.rkshows.com/.

January 7-11
Kansas City Sport Show, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO, NMMA Boat Shows, Gerry Mulcahy, (314) 567-0020 or (800) 985-2404, gmulcahy@nmma.org, http://www.kansascitysportshow.com/.

January 7-11
Nashville Boat & Sports Show, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN, NMMA Boat Shows, Kim Muncy (502) 935-4141, fax (502) 935-4551, http://www.nmma.org/, http://www.nashvilleboatshow.com/.

January 8-10
ATA Trade Show **Trade Only** Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana; 1-866-266-2776, http://www.archerytrade.org/.

January 8-11
All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 8-11
Ultimate Fishing Show, Rock Financial Showplace, Detroit, MI, Showspan, Adam Starr, (616) 447-2860, http://www.showspan.com/.

January 8-11
Valley RV & Camping Show, Century Center, South Bend, IN., Mark Bowersox, http://www.rvshows.org/, (317) 247-6258.

January 9-11
Toledo Super Boat Show, Sea Gate Centre, Toledo, Ohio, Odessey Expositions, Bob Lynch, (971) 780-0538, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

January 9-11
Cincinnati Boat Super Show, Wall 2 Wall Supports Complex, Madison, OH; Odessey Expositions (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.net/.

January 9-11
The Chicago Muskie Show, Harper College (Roselle & Algonquin Reds.), Palatine, IL, Tri-Esox Productions, Lynn Shuster, (847) 328-6200, http://www.chicagomuskieshow.com/.

January 14-18
Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show, RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN, Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko, (763) 755-8111, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

January 14-18
Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoor Show, McCormick Place North Building, Chicago, IL, NMMA, Keith Ogulnick (800) 985-2401, kogulnick@nmma.org, http://www.chicagoboatshow.com/, or nmma.org.

January 15-18
3rd Annual Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show at DeVos Place, ShowSpan, Inc., Adam Starr (800) 328-6550, http://www.wisconsinboatshow.com/ or http://www.showspan.com/.

January 15-18
SHOT Show, **Trade Only** Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Reed Exhibitions, (301) 493-5500, http://www.shotshow.org/.

January 16-18
Quad City Boat, RV & Vacation Show, River Center, Davenport, IA, Iowa Show Productions, John Bunge (319) 232-0218, iowashows.com.

January 16-18
The Boat Show, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO, Let’s Go Promotions, Seven Lengyel (314) 355-1236, fax (618) 288-9852, http://www.letsgoshows.com/ or http://www.strv.com/.

January 16-18 and 21-25
Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show, Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH, Hart Productions, Vicki Diebold (887) 704-8190, http://www.hartproductions.com/.

January 16-18 and 23-25
Dayton RV Super Show, Airport Expo Center, Vandalia, OH, Odyssey Expositions, Pam Lynch, (941) 827-7144, http://www.rvexpo.com/.

January 16-18
All-Canada Show, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 16-25
Cleveland Boat Waterfront Lifestyle Expo, I-X Center, Cleveland, OH, LEMTA, Shawn Fergus (440) 899-5009, slfergus@boatohio.com, http://www.lemta.com/, or boatohio.com.

January 16-25
Milwaukee Boat Show, Wisconsin Expo Center State Fair Park, Milwaukee, WI, ShowSpan, Inc., (800) 328-6550, http://www.wisconsinboatshow.com/ or http://www.showspan.com/.

January 17
Shawano American Legion Fishing Derby on Shawano Lake. Cash Prizes: First Place $200.00 Second Place $150.00, Third Place $100.00, Fourth Place $50.00 – Many other Prizes

January 18-22
Chicago RV and Camping Show, Donald E. Stephens Convention Ctr., Rosemont, IL, RVE, Inc., Keith Mistrick, (847) 934-8300, http://www.chicagorvshow.com/.

January 19
Writers Ink, Howie Magner– Edits both the hardcopy and online versions of the Milwaukee Magazine., He will discuss what an editor looks for in submissions from free-lance writers...what pitfalls to avoid, dos and don'ts...he will also touch on blogging. 7 p.m., Chase Bank, Cudahy, S. Packard & E. Layton Aves. Free! Contact Gail Toerpe, (414) 744-9664; Gtoe@aol.comhttp://www.writersinc.writernetwork.com/index.html

January 19-21
All-Canada Show, The Fountains, Carmel, IN, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920) 983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 21-25
Chicagoland Outdoor Show, Donald L. Stephens Expo Center (formerly known as the Rosemont Convention Center), Rosemont, IL. Chicagoland Events, Vincent Caprio (203) 402-7255, http://www.chicagolandsportshow.com/.

January 21-25
Cincinnati Hunting and Fishing Show, Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH, Hart Prod. (887) 704-8190, http://www.hartproductions.com/.

January 21-25
Minneapolis Boat Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. NMMA Boat Shows. Mimi Patel, (312) 946-6267, http://www.nmma.org/, or http://www.minneapolisboatshow.com/.

January 23 & 24, 2009
SNOWMOBILE RADAR RUN: Held on Little St. Germain Lake - race your snowmobile against the clock - 1,000' distance! 660' & 1,000' practice tracks. Friday - practice runs from Noon to 4:00 PM & Saturday - trophy runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (715) 479-2934. Visit the website for more info & photos: http://www.radarracers.com/

January 23-25
All-Canada Show, Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Franklin, WI, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 23-25
Iowa Boat & Vacation Show. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA, Iowa Show Productions, Inc. John Bunge (319) 232-0218, http://www.iowashows.com/.

January 23-25
Red River Valley Boat & Marine Products Show, Fargodome, Fargo, ND, Cenaiko Productions, Barry Cenaiko, (763) 755-8111, Fax (763) 755-8124, http://www.cenaiko.com/.

January 23-25
8th Annual Madison Boat Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, AGI Events, Vilma Fraguada, (800) 848-6247, http://www.agievents.com/.

January 23-25
Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington, IL, Larry Andris (309) 452-9646, http://www.midstatefishandfeather.com/.

January 24-February 1
52nd Louisville Boat, RV, & Sport Show, Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, KY, NMMA, Kimberly Muncy (502) 935-4141, Fax (502) 935-4551, http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/ or http://www.nmma.org/.

January 26-28
All-Canada Show, Marriott Madison West, Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, Middleton, WI, Eric Maravilla, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 29-February 1
All-Canada Show, ShopKo Hall, Green Bay, WI, Eric Maravilla, (800) 325-6290, Fax (920)983-9985, http://www.allcanadashow.com/.

January 29-February 1
Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, NMMA, Sail America, Kevin Murphy (401) 841-0900, http://www.sailamerica.com/.

January 29-February 1
Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN, IMHA-RVIC (317) 247-6258, Fax (317) 243-9174, http://www.rvshows.org/.

January 30-February 1
Northern Wisconsin Deer Classic and Outdoor Expo, Eau Claire Sports Center, Eau Claire, WI, Wildlife Heritage Assoc., Hugh Price (763) 746-2656 or hughprice@msn.com, http://www.deer-expo.com/.

January 30-February 1
Rochester Sports & Vacation Show, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN, B & J Promotions, (507) 387-7469, mailto:Bradfordahamsen@hotmail.com.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Assembly addresses wildlife

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel

In the wake of an election that shifted the balance of power in Washington, D.C., and Madison, "change" is no longer a campaign slogan - it's a reality.

What it means and how effective it is will only be known in the coming months and years.

But some changes are taking place even before the new legislative sessions begin in January. (Full Story)

Source: JSOnline

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Natural Resources highlights of 2008

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Here were some of the key natural resources highlights for Wisconsin in 2008.]

Mercury rules become law

In June, the state Natural Resources Board approved a mercury reduction rule that will accomplish Gov. Jim Doyle’s goal to reduce the amount of mercury released to the environment by 90 percent.

The rule targets mercury emissions from utilities. Mercury is a toxic byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Mercury is released from smokestacks and falls into surface waters where it enters the food chain and concentrates in fish and other wildlife.

“This rule is a major step forward in improving Wisconsin’s air quality,” said DNR Secretary Matt Frank. “It will dramatically reduce mercury deposition into Wisconsin’s lakes, benefiting our fish and wildlife and human health.”

Frank added that the rule will also significantly reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, lowering ozone and particulate matter levels leading to major improvements in air quality beyond those already achieved.

Global Warming task force report

In July, the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming finalized its report on addressing global warming in Wisconsin (exit DNR). The 29-member Task Force, comprised of environmental, agricultural, industry, citizen, tribal and utility leaders will now forward the report on to Governor Doyle for consideration.

The task force agreed on a group of interim targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2005 levels by 2014 and 1990 levels by 2022. The long-term targets include a goal to reach 75 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2050.

The Report makes over 50 viable and actionable policy recommendations in the utility, transportation, agriculture, forestry and industry sectors, as well as a number of recommendations in other areas, including support for a proposed federal or regional greenhouse gas cap and trade program. In accordance with Governor Doyle’s Executive Order 191, which created the Task Force, many of the Task Force’s recommendations identify ways to grow the state’s economy and create new jobs arising from the opportunities created by addressing climate change. Careful attention also has been paid to mitigating the potential costs of the recommended policies on consumers and Wisconsin’s industrial base.

“By working together the Task Force has developed an aggressive multi-sector strategy to address global warming that will put Wisconsin on track to being a leader in meeting one of the most significant challenges of our time,” said Roy Thilly, Global Warming Task Force Co-Chair.

“The stringent emission reduction targets combined with substantial new investments in energy conservation and efficiency and increased reliance on home grown renewable power will establish Wisconsin as a national leader on climate change while helping the state achieve greater energy independence in the years to come,” said Tia Nelson, Global Warming Task Force Co-Chair.

Passage of the Great Lakes Compact

In May, Governor Doyle signed Special Session Senate Bill 1 ratifying the Great Lakes Compact (exit DNR), which was endorsed by Doyle and seven fellow Great Lakes governors and two Canadian premiers in 2005. The Compact creates unprecedented protections for the Great Lakes and ensures their continued availability for regional economic growth. It bans long-distance diversions and provides a framework for ensuring sustainable water use in the Great Lakes basin.

President Bush signed the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact into law (exit DNR) in October. The Compact not only protects one of the world’s largest freshwater sources from long-range diversions, but it also gives the Great Lakes states the legal framework for the sustainable management of this unique resource.

Doyle said the Compact protects Wisconsin’s communities by maintaining each governor’s veto power, while establishing defined criteria against which project decisions or vetoes must be based. The Great Lakes Compact not only keeps this important provision in place, but does so in a way that sets standards for sustainable management of our waters. It also sets up a reliable system for communities near the basin to receive Great Lakes water. These communities will have clear standards that will allow water use, but prevent the depletion of the Great Lakes.

“One of our greatest competitive advantages in the global economy is our water,” Doyle said. “Our Great Lakes grow industries and draw businesses to this region. They are essential to transportation and shipping, they drive recreation and tourism, and they sustain cities.”

Rainbow springs and other big recreational acquisitions

In October, the state dedicated a major expansion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest (exit DNR), after acquiring a 970-acre Mukwonago River parcel that contains critical water resources and important natural habitats.

The newly-dedicated Mukwonago River Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest was made possible through a state Stewardship Fund purchase of the 970-acre tract previously known as Rainbow Springs. Rainbow Springs was partially developed as a golf course and resort facility over forty years ago, and most of its facilities lie in the Mukwonago River watershed and flood plain. The restoration of the Mukwonago River area will protect natural headsprings that support the water quality and diverse animal species in the area.

In addition, the restoration of the Mukwonago River area will protect species in the lakes and tributaries, along with the grassland and wetlands. The diverse, critical species include 16 mussel species, a dense duck population, 59 species of fish and critical trout habitats, as well as wetland and grassland species such as Canada Geese, mallards and sandhill cranes. It will also provide a crucial habitat for the Blandings turtle, and increase habitat available for migratory birds residing in the Vernon Marsh State Wildlife Area and the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine.

Help with flooding

Throughout June and into the summer, Department of Natural Resources staff provided thousands of hours of assistance to communities and residents who were affected by major flooding throughout southern Wisconsin. The department created a “Coping with Floods” web page that directed people to assistance with making sure wells were safe after the floods, cleanup and disposal of flood-damaged materials, and helped coordinated efforts to cleanup miles of debris along the lower Wisconsin Riverway from the catastrophic failure of Lake Delton that destroyed and washed several homes downriver.

The department also had to make major repairs to some DNR properties, including a washed out access road and other damage at Wildcat Mountain State Park, damage to 8 miles of the 400 State Trail, including the destruction of eight bridges, and significant damage to Devil’s Lake State Park and Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. Repairs were made to all properties except Parfrey’s Glen, where the floodwaters took out the boardwalk and created a new creek channel. The department is evaluating how best to make repairs in this environmentally sensitive and unique natural area.

Wild Rose Hatchery opens

In August, the state celebrated the grand opening of the $15.9 million renovation of Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery. The project updated a century-old facility that’s long been a pillar of Wisconsin’s stocking program, enabling it to meet modern environmental standards and to raise even more fish.

Renovating Wild Rose, which the state bought in 1908, was identified in a 2003 stocking study as the state’s highest priority for addressing the growing demand for fishing opportunities. Its production capacity was decreasing as a result of its aging facilities and water supply problems and the hatchery was under an order to fix the groundwater supply system.

Construction work on the coldwater facilities started in 2006. Work started earlier this year to build new coolwater facilities for musky, walleye, lake sturgeon and northern pike and is expected to be completed in 2010. That expansion will allow Wild Rose to double its production of these species. A third phase will restore the wetland, springs and stream disturbed when the hatchery was originally built in the early 1900s by a private fish farmer.

Lake Michigan depends on stocking and 100 percent of the 2 million trout and salmon produced here are stocked in Lake Michigan. The completion this year of the coldwater facilities allows DNR to continue producing Chinook, coho and brown trout. In the future, it will allow Wild Rose to start raising rainbow trout, eventually increasing by 15 percent the total amount of trout and salmon produced for Lake Michigan.

Ivasive species control

Throughout the year, the department undertook significant efforts to address the threat that exotic and invasive species pose to Wisconsin natural diversity.

AIS grants

Forty-one towns, counties and local lake management districts are among those who will share the funds to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species in state waters.

Since its inception in fiscal year 2004, the aquatic invasive species grant program has invested about $9 million in grants to reimburse local projects up to 75 percent of expenses. Half of the total awarded in the last five years has gone for work in northern Wisconsin, and nearly 50 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have received AIS grants. The program is funded with the state’s motorboat gas tax.

Water guards
The deputy warden force, part of Governor Doyle’s 2007-09 budget, was created to focus solely on educating and enforcing rules to prevent boaters and anglers from accidentally spreading invasive species and diseases.
They complement the hundreds of paid and volunteer watercraft inspectors at landings across the state, educating boaters and anglers about the rules and demonstrating how to clean boats and equipment. But unlike the inspectors, the deputy wardens will have the authority to issue warnings and citations, and they, along with the DNR’s 133 field wardens, will be actively doing so this summer.

Rules to prevent these invaders’ spread call on boaters and anglers to remove all plants and animals from their boat and trailers and drain all water from boats and fishing equipment. These steps have been expanded in the last year to contain VHS by limiting the movement of live fish away from a lake or river.

Emerald ash borer response

The DNR and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection approved a new response plan to address the discover in August of emerald ash borers

The updated Wisconsin EAB Response Plan takes into account the latest science and research regarding the control and management of the emerald ash borer and describes a range of possible management actions and recommends balancing any recommended treatment with environmental impacts, land ownership, cost, sociological impacts, size of the infestation and traditional ecological knowledge.

Officials confirmed the first occurrence of emerald ash borer, an invasive, destructive insect pest of ash trees, in Wisconsin, after forest health specialists investigated a citizen report of dying ash trees in a private woodlot in Ozaukee County, near the Village of Newburg.

State drinking water a bargain price

Wisconsin’s public drinking water systems remain a bargain and are among the cleanest in the world, according to “Safe Water on Tap,” the annual drinking water report the Department of Natural Resources submits to the federal government.

More than 96 percent of Wisconsin’s public water systems fully observed standards set to protect the public’s health and they delivered a full day’s supply to a family of four for less than $1.

Wisconsin and other states are required to submit an annual report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the overall performance of public water supplies in their state. Public water systems are those serving at least 25 people at least 60 days a year. They range from small restaurants and motels up to the state’s largest cities.

Wisconsin has more public water suppliers than all other states but Michigan. The 11,493 public water systems in Wisconsin serve more than 4 million Wisconsinites, and the systems’ 96.2 percent compliance rate in 2007 reflects well on those partners that help provide safe drinking water says Lee Boushon, DNR Public Water Supply Chief.

New online tools launched to help private well owners

The department also increased efforts to assist Wisconsin’s private well owners check on their drinking if they notice that their water smells, tastes or looks bad, or strains their laundry or bathroom fixtures.

The new online diagnostic information can help them learn why your drinking water is brown and possible fixes.

The new “What’s Wrong with My Water?” Web page is intended to help people who draw water from Wisconsin’s one million private wells diagnose the likely cause of their water problems and whether they need to fix it, says Dorie Turpin, the DNR private water engineer who developed the diagnostic information.

Record spring turkey harvest

Preliminary figures showed that hunters set yet another spring turkey harvest record, registering 52,814 turkeys during Wisconsin’s 2008 spring wild turkey season. This is a 3 percent increase from the 2007 spring harvest of 51,306 birds. The statewide hunter success rate for all hunting periods was 25 percent, the same as in 2007.

A total of 208,972 permits were issued for the spring hunt according to licensing officials. This was an increase of more than 3,600 permits sold compared to 2007. Over the counter sales also increased, accounting for more than a quarter of the permits issued.

Hunter success rates continued to be quite good. As in past years, success rates generally were highest during the early and middle hunting periods.

Single, season-long burning permits now available

As of January 2008, landowners in all areas of Wisconsin where the Department of Natural Resources has primary responsibility for wildfire protection and suppression were able to apply for a single, no-cost, season-long, outdoor burning permit.

In the past, homeowners using burn barrels were required to apply for an annual permit for their burn barrel and separate three-day permits for burning brush in piles. At this time of year, burning permits are required anytime the ground is not snow-covered in areas protected by the DNR firefighters.

This new permit system makes it more efficient to obtain a permit and easier to check local fire danger conditions prior to burning. By accomplishing those things the DNR wildfire program expects to reduce the number of wildfires. And permits are good for an entire calendar year so people only have to make one trip to their emergency fire warden, ranger station or DNR office.

Plan proposed to guide CWD management efforts for next 10 years

In 2008 the department developed a draft plan to guide the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management efforts over the next 10 years. CWD was first discovered in Wisconsin in 2002.

The draft plan blends recommendations from a citizen CWD Stakeholder Advisory Group and lessons learned over the past six years since discovery of CWD in Wisconsin. The plan assesses what can realistically be done to control the disease based on the best available science.

The goal of the plan over the next 10 years is to minimize the area of Wisconsin where CWD occurs and the number of infected deer in the state. Advances in understanding about the ecology and epidemiology of CWD in Wisconsin have contributed significantly to guiding the department’s management actions. Yet there is no clear prescription for managing CWD.

The key objectives of the proposed management plan are to: prevent new introductions of CWD; respond to new disease outbreaks; control distribution and intensity of CWD; increase public recognition and understanding of CWD risks; address the needs of our customers; and enhance the scientific information about CWD.

The department is analyzing public comments on the draft plan and plans to take it to the state Natural Resources Board for adoption in early 2009.

Trumpeter swans, ospreys proposed to be removed from state endangered species list

In September, state endangered resources officials recommended removing trumpeter swans from the state endangered species list and ospreys from the state threatened species list. Both species have recovered to the point that officials were confident that they no longer qualify as endangered or threatened under state statutes.

The department took a proposed rule that would delete trumpeter swan from the Wisconsin endangered species list and the osprey from the Wisconsin threatened species list to a public hearing in October. The proposed rule is scheduled to go the state Natural Resources Board for approval in January 2009. Both species will continue to receive protection under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Proposed Jones Island water reclamation facility improvements Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

December 19, 2008 by the Southeast Region

MADISON – The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has requested approval from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make improvements at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility.

The project involves relining of nine concrete wet wells in the Thickening Facility at Jones Island. The Thickening Facility houses equipment used to thicken waste - activated sludge prior to the manufacture of Milorganite. These enhancements are necessary to protect these structures from corrosion and includes:
  • Removal and replacement of existing liners;
  • Removal of existing plug valves;
  • Installation of new plug valves; and,

Miscellaneous associated work. These improvements are estimated to cost approximately $1.65 million. MMSD anticipates financing the projects with a Clean Water Fund low-interest loan. User charges will not increase as a result of this project.

Although the proposed project is not expected to involve significant environmental impacts, the public is invited to comment. Provide comments by Friday, January 2, 2009, to Gerry Novotny, Bureau of Watershed Management, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, (608) 267-7625.

City of Port Washington requests approval for improvements at septage receiving station

MADISON – The City of Port Washington has requested approval from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for improvements to an existing septage receiving station. The station, located at the 1200 block on Mineral Springs Drive, allows for septage or other trucked-in waste to be discharged to the sanitary sewer system for treatment at the Port Washington Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The proposed project will provide for better control of waste discharged to the sanitary sewer. Improvements include a new sampler, a carbon filter for odor control, a pinch valve to control flow of waste into the sanitary sewer, and fencing to enhance security of the site.

The total capital cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $210,000. The City anticipates financing the project with a Clean Water Fund low-interest loan. User charges for residential customers will not change as a result of this project.

Although the proposed project is not expected to involve significant environmental impacts, the public is invited to comment. Provide comments by Friday, January 2, 2009 to Gerry Novotny, Bureau of Watershed Management, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, (608) 267-7625.

DNR Announces $925,000 Federal Grant for Coastal Wetland Protection in Door County

MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Matt Frank today announced the agency will receive a $925,000 federal grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the preservation of coastal wetlands on the Northern Door Peninsula as part of the 2009 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. DNR will match the amount through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and acquire 448 acres of State Natural Area lands in the Baileys Harbor area of Door County, including the habitat of the largest known breeding population of the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly.

“We are happy to receive these important federal funds which will allow us to better protect an endangered species as well as Door County’s coastal wetlands,” Frank said. “Joint efforts such as this are a huge step forward in making sure we protect critical habitats in Wisconsin, not just for decades to come but for centuries to come.”

DNR will provide Stewardship Grants, along with these federal funds, to The Nature Conservancy, Ridges Sanctuary, and Door County Land Trust to acquire land within their natural area project boundaries. Acquiring the land will protect the area from development. In addition to protecting critical habitat, the lands purchased with grant funds will be open for public recreation including opportunities for scientific research and environmental education.

The federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly has been threatened from habitat loss as a result of urban and industrial development. The species lives in spring-fed marshes and sedge meadows on the Door Peninsula. The bays adjacent to Baileys Harbor also provide important feeding and spawning grounds for native and sport fish, including northern pike, yellow perch, small mouth bass and lake whitefish. More than 140 species of birds use the area for nesting and as a migration stopover. The Northern Door Peninsula also hosts a wide range of Great Lakes endemic plants, including 17 species that are threatened or endangered in the state of Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Eagle Lake - Draw Down, Fish Kill

Click on the link below to check out the progress of the draw down and fish kill on Eagle Lake in southeast Wisconsin.


EPA Forces Wisconsin to Adopt Weak Federal Permit on Invasive Species

DNR to Use State Permit to Add Protections for Wisconsin Waters

MADISON, WIS. (December 16, 2008)―To meet an unreasonable federally-imposed deadline that could have shut down shipping in Wisconsin waters, the Wisconsin DNR yesterday withdrew its proposed improvement of an EPA invasive species permit and allowed the original ineffective EPA permit to go forward unchanged. At the same time, the DNR committed to issuing a state permit that contains the protections against invasive species that the EPA measure lacked.

“Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states are being dealt a tough hand due to the U.S. EPA, which for decades neglected its responsibility to protect U.S. waters from invasive species, and now has issued at the 11th hour a weak permit that does little to stop the introduction of those species,” said Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office. “While we would prefer to have a tough, national EPA permit, we believe our best chance for protecting Wisconsin’s waters is to encourage the state to use whatever authority it has to prevent invasive species.”

The state action comes days before a court-imposed December 19 deadline, by which time EPA required states to certify a water quality permit issued by the EPA intended to address aquatic invasive species introduced by ballast water discharge. EPA had sent a letter to the DNR threatening enforcement action against ships in Wisconsin waters after December 19 if the DNR maintained its efforts to improve the EPA’s permit.

“We look forward to working with the DNR to protect Wisconsin’s waters much more effectively from ballast water discharges of invasive species,” said George Meyer. “A state permit, if done right, can give the state the protections it needs. The EPA permit certainly does not.”

As NWF and WWF begin working with the DNR on a state permit, they are also looking at options for legal challenges in federal and state courts to toughen the protections in the federal permit.

More than 185 aquatic invasive species have entered the lakes, disrupting the food chain, fouling beaches and damaging infrastructure―costing citizens, industry and businesses at least $200 million per year. The No.1 way aquatic invasive species enter the Great Lakes is through ballast water discharge from ocean-going vessels. One new non-native species enters the Great Lakes, on average, every 28 weeks.

“People, businesses and communities have borne the cost of invasive species long enough,” said Buchsbaum. “It’s time to slam the door shut on non-native species once and for all, before the problem gets worse and more costly. It’s time to stand up and protect the Great Lakes, our economy and our way of life.”

Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 887-7100, buchsbaum@nwf.org
George Meyer, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, (608) 516-5545, georgemeyer@tds.net
Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 887-7100, lubetkin@nwf.org

Wisconsin Outdoor Report as of December 18, 2008

Click on State Park Current Conditions Reports to check on current conditions at various Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and Forests.

Click here to reach the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Web site

For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions Report. For current statewide information on statewide fall color, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report

GENERAL Northern Region Northeast Region Southeast Region South Central Region West Central Region

Wisconsin has experienced some rapidly changing weather conditions in the last week and more changes are forecast for later this week, with a winter storm warning for southern Wisconsin predicting anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow Thursday into Friday. After a winter storm dropped up to a foot of snow last week in the south, allowing some ski and snowmobile trails to open, temperatures shot up and much of the snow melted in many areas. Temperatures then plummeted to sub zero, and another snow storm left 3 to 5 inches in the south, and up to nearly a foot in some areas of the north.

The rapidly changing conditions have made it a challenge for park and forest crews to maintain skiing conditions, but as of Thursday most areas of the state were reporting fair to good conditions, though a few areas were reporting conditions as poor. Snowmobile trails have now opened through most of the northern tier of counties, and a few other scattered counties across the state, according to the Department of Tourism Snow Conditions Report .

Despite last weekend’s break in the cold weather, below-average temperatures have helped to increase ice depths to a thickness of 7 to 10 inches in the north and 4 to 6 inches in the south, though some of the larger lakes in the south still had some open water as of this week. Much of Lake Mendota in Dane County appeared to have iced over in the last couple of days.

Fishing pressure has been on the light side due to the cold weather, but hardy ice anglers are out daily. Reports indicate that fishing has been generally fair. Walleye have been the primary target in the north and most anglers and catches have been sporadic for the tip-up anglers. Some angling pressure has also been seen for northern pike and action could only be termed fair, as the cloudy and colder weather seems to have held their activity down. Bluegills and crappies are being caught over the tops of weeds near deep water, and on the weed lines.

There are 6 to 8 inches of ice found in some bays of Lake Winnebago and 5 to 6 inches have been reported in the middle areas of the lake. Numerous cracks measuring several feet wide are found on Lake Winnebago. Anglers on Lake Poygan have been having some success with walleyes. The channels of Lake Butte des Morts are seeing some bluegill action. Anglers on Jefferson and Dane county lakes were having fair success catching panfish by jigging with spikes or waxworms. Most lakes in the south have now frozen over, but some of the larger lakes, still have areas of open water.

Ice is forming in the Sheboygan harbor also, but there are still pockets of open water. In Milwaukee, the river under the Hoan bridge has been covered with skim ice in the mornings, but the ice has been moving out later in the day. Shore anglers there have been catching a few brown trout. The Small Boat Harbor in Kenosha is frozen over, and ice anglers have been catching brown trout. Southport Marina has some ice cover, but there is still open water in places.

Some late season deer hunters had success getting antlerless deer during the 4 day Dec. antlerless hunt. The snow aided the hunters in following fresh tracks until they kicked up deer that were otherwise not moving.

Turkey's are bunching up for the winter season; a group of 88 were spotted recently in the Wautoma area. Gold finches, purple finches, chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, blue jays, cardinals and a variety of woodpeckers are now visiting bird and suet feeders. And as lakes have pretty much frozen over, bald eagles have begun congregating around dams along the Mississippi, Wisconsin and other rivers where water stays open during cold spells. A few goldeneyes, red breasted mergansers and some mallards also remain on these open waters.

Due to the upcoming state holidays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, the next DNR Outdoor Report will not be until January 8, 2009. Check the Department of Tourism Snow Conditions Report and Wisconsin State Parks Current Conditions Reports pages for updates on ski and snowmobile trails.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Coast Guard OKs barrier to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes

By Dan Egan • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • December 17, 2008

Less than a week after a group of 29 U.S. senators and representatives wrote a letter demanding answers as to why an electric Asian carp barrier built in 2006 to keep the monstrous fish from invading the Great Lakes hadn’t been turned on, the Coast Guard has given it the green light.

But the agency only wants the barrier to operate at one volt per inch, or one quarter its capacity, which biologists say isn’t strong enough to repel all sizes of fish. Citing safety questions that haven’t been answered after 2 1/2 years of study, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan more safety tests this spring with the barrier operating at its maximum strength of four volts per inch. (Full Story)

Source: Freep.com

Surveys show no new populations of Ruffe

During October, the Alpena USFWS office conducted an annual survey to detect new populations and to monitor existing populations of invasive fish species. Bottom trawling gear is used during the survey to detect new populations of Eurasian ruffe and round goby, and to monitor existing populations of round goby at twelve shipping ports and rivers in U.S. waters of Lake Huron and the St. Marys River. No new populations of the invasive species were discovered; however, round goby continue to persist at 7 of 12 sampling locations. This survey provides early detection and monitoring for invasive species at 12 sites in Lake Huron and the St. Marys River.

Source: GREAT LAKES BASIN REPORT (A Publication of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council)

New Michigan fishing regulations expand opportunities, limit smelt harvest

Three rods statewide approved starting April 1, 2009

Michigan anglers will have several new opportunities but also will face a new restriction because of fishing regulation changes approved at the November Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.

DNR Director Rebecca Humphries signed fisheries orders that extend the spearing season through the ice for pike and muskie in certain waters, extend the whitefish spearing season on the Great Lakes and connecting waters, allow all anglers to use three rods, and establish a two-gallon limit on smelt.

The spearing season for pike and muskie will now run from December 1-March 15, instead of just January and February and the whitefish spearing season will now be open year-round. The new seasons are the result of legislation enabling the DNR to set spearing regs.

Anglers have been allowed to use three rods when fishing for salmon on the Great Lakes for a number of years, but were restricted to two rods elsewhere and when pursuing other species in the Great Lakes. A survey of anglers showed overwhelming public support for three rods. The new regulation, which takes effect April 1, 2009, allows anglers to use three rods on all waters and in pursuit of all species, though the DNR retains the authority to reduce the rule to two rods if necessary.

The two-gallon limit on smelt, which historically have been unregulated, is designed to prevent waste during periods of high abundance and offer some protection to smelt as an important forage and sport species. The limit applies to both dip-net and hook-and-line anglers. This new regulation also takes effect April 1, 2009.

Source: GREAT LAKES BASIN REPORT (A Publication of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council)

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame unveils new web site

The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame (The Hall) in Hayward, Wisconsin recently unveiled their new web site. The Hall is the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sportfishing.

While The Hall maintains a museum for the preservation and display of historical artifacts of fresh water sportfishing, they also have a program for the recognition of persons, organizations and institutions that have made significant and lasting contributions to the sport and heritage of fresh water fishing.

Many know The Hall for their program for qualifying, compiling and publishing all fresh water sportfishing records, but they also maintain a library that disseminates information and acts as the clearing house for historical and contemporary publications for the fresh water sportfishing industry.

When you visit The Hall’s new web site you will find the history of the institution and how it evolved into the renowned facility it is today. There are links to articles by anglers that have been inducted into The Hall of Fame as well as the ability to download current editions of The Splash for members. The Splash is the quarterly newsletter of The Hall.

Those wishing to become members of The Hall to take advantage of the benefits offered need only click the Become a Member link on the left of the home page to discover the rewards a membership offers. The new web site can be found at http://www.freshwater-fishing.org/. It’s worth a visit.

Source: GREAT LAKES BASIN REPORT (A Publication of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council)

GBAGLSF General Club Meeting to be held on December 18

This months speaker will be Chuck Neson. Chuck has a “Thing” for night fishing for Kings. Come hear his hair raising stories, tips and tricks about fishing the Full Moon.. (and I hope that’s the one in the sky) .. and night fishing. Bring a friend (it’s Xmas!)

Tom’s Merry Christmas Raffle: There will be some very nice prizes and some suprises in this raffle. I’ll start off with a $50 Gander Mountain gift card for some last minute shopping. Then there will be 3 tackle bags and a hardside box. Onebox is an extra large Cabela’s Storm Proof bag with a 3700 series boxes worth $80. For rods, the big one is a 7’ St Croix Triumph Spinning rod matched with a St Croix spinning reel. This combo is worth $130. Also have 4 ice rod and reel combos including a Wonder Stick combo worth $40. Add to that a Croton case with a pair of ice rods&reels included. There will be 3 tip ups, and a Mr. Buddy heater worth $70. There will also be a Cobra MR HH 90 hand held marine radio pack with batteries and cigarette adapter worth over $80. Next will be a Gerber fillet knife, a mini lantern, multi tools, more knifes and a lot of different ice jig kits to make up for last month. How about a backpack fishing chair for those hike in lakes. And last but not least ... a framed print.

Tom’s December Special Raffle: Onto the Very Special Raffle ..... The December Special Raffle will be an Eskimo Qwik Flip 2 two man ice fishing tent. This is the same unit I have for ice fishing and I will say I really like mine. It has plenty of room for 2 B I G guys with a bench seat. This tent will set you back $350 but can be won for $5 a ticket or 3 for $10 special ticket. Come on down, introduce some new friends to the club and support the raffle.

All Meetings will be held at The Stadium View Sports Bar & Grill unless specified on the 3rd Thursday of the month except June, July, and August.

25th Annual Mully Erickson

The 25th annual Mully Erickson ice fishing event will be held again this Jan. on Shawano Lake. The date is Jan. 3rd. If the Packers play that day it will be held Sun. Jan. 4th. I’ll bet it will be on Saturday. John Brownell will have more information and direction sheets at the meeting or call him at 920-465-0989.

NRC revises order to prevent spread of fish disease

Brooke Meier

December 17, 2008 - The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved updates to a fish disease control order aimed at preventing the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) and other diseases in Michigan's inland lakes fisheries.

VHS is a highly-contagious disease that affects some fresh water and saltwater fishes. The disease causes fish to bleed to death internally and, according to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has been reported in all of the Great Lakes except Lake Superior. Several inland waters have fish infected with VHS, as well, including the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair in Macomb County. The disease is not harmful to people. (Full Story)


Door County Land Trust seeks Stewardship grant for land acquisition: Property located in the Town of Egg Harbor

GREEN BAY – The Door County Land Trust has applied for two 50% matching grants from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of 1.4 and 1.54 acres of land in the Town of Egg Harbor, Door County. The land trust will provide the match to the grant award.

The property will be left in its natural state and will be open to the public for low impact recreational activities including fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, nature study, wildlife observation and photography.

The DNR has made a preliminary determination that the proposed acquisition will not involve significant adverse environmental impacts and neither an environmental assessment nor environmental impact statement will be required for this action.

Address public comments on the proposed action to Vance Rayburn, Administrator, Customer and Employee Services Division, in care of Sue Kocken, 920-662-5487, susan.kocken@wisconsin.gov. Comments must be received by January 2, 2009.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Statewide annual spring W.C.S.F.O meeting:

Place - Gander Mountain - 6939 S. 27th Street - Franklin, WI.
Date - March 21st, 2009 (Third Saturday)
Time - 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.Contact: Ted Lind, President, 414-466-4898

Membership in W.C.S.F.O. is not required for meeting participation. Whether or not you or your fishing club belongs, you are invited. We want your input as there are many issues requiring airing. This is the place to do it. Club representatives must attend. New club, business and individual members are welcomed. We hope to have discounts for all who attend.

Typical Meeting Agenda:
1. - Introduction of people present.
2. - Minutes of last meeting.
3. - Treasurers report
4. - DNR & fishery problems, plus the Spring Hearings.
5. - Lake access problems - what is happening good & bad.
6. - Information on Walleye stocking in Milwaukee River.
7. - Salmon stocking - what is happening and why?
8. - Tournaments - Update on proposed rule changes & permits.
9. - Council matters- species updates.
10. - “Kids Fishing Klinics,” etc.
11. - Spring Hearing


Otter Street Sportsman Banquet

Scott Engel (email: scott @ theosfc.net) www.theosfc.net/banquet.htm

2009 Otter Street Sportsman Banquet March 6, 2009 - Oshkosh Convention Center Cocktails 5:00-6:30 pm Dinner and Program 6:30-9:30 pm The 11th annual Sportsmen's Banquet will be held on March 6, 2009 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Again this year we have over $10,000 in prizes ranging from cash, guns, chain saws, Redlin prints, down rigger rod & reel combos, fish fryers, tackle boxes, landing nets, Mr. Heaters, clocks and sculptures, rod & reel combos, and much much more!!! * Banquet Tickets are Available at Jerry's Bar - 1210 Ceape St. * Single Ticket - $45.00 * Banquet Sponsor - $100.00 * A table of 10 can be reserved for $450.00. You can also print out the reservation form and mail it to: The OSFC Banquet P.O. Box 271 Oshkosh, WI 54903 Contact the Following Members by E:mail President - Scott Engel - scott@theosfc.net Vice President - Doug Mosher - doug@theosfc.net Website Questions/Comments- Tom Lanpheer - tlanpheer@theosfc.net



Attention Fishermen.... Our fisheree is moving in 2009 to Curly's Waterfront Sports Bar and Grill located at W272 N2696 Lakeview Boulevard in Pewaukee! Our fish registartion ice shanty will be located right off the Lakeview Blvd. launch adjacent to Smokey's Muskie Shop. If you want to get in the fishing contest you will need to register your fish here. Cash prizes are paid out for largest fish caught. Fish must be brought to the shanty when registered. Inside at the Waterfront we will be running meat raffles all day long, along with other various raffles that will be open throughout the day! Main raffle tickets will be availabe for purchase at both the Waterfront and the Fish Registration Ice Shanty that day. Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each. Cash prizes are the first four categories from there you have a chance to win a large array of other items! Bring your friends and come join the fun!!! This is an event that should not be missed!

Lake Mason Lions Fisheree

Randy Sus 608-253-6567 (email: randysus @ gmail.com)

Jan. 17, 2009: Annual fisheree produced by the Lake Mason Lions of Briggsville. Daybreak to 3 p.m. Includes prizes for largest species of fish caught as well as raffles and ticket prizes awarded at The Wagon Wheel boat landing on Highway 23, 3 miles west of Briggsville. Tickets for the event $5 each, sold at local bait shops on the shoreline the day of the event. Grand prize is $500 cash (five other cash prizes to be awarded). Ticket-holders do not have to be present to win, although there will be a separate raffle for whom winners must be present. Call Randy Sus at 608-253-6567 or e-mail randysus@gmail.com.

Pressure rises to turn on Great Lakes carp barrier

By Dan Egan of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 11, 2008

The heat is cranking up on the Army Corps of Engineers to turn on its new electrical fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal - the best hope the region has to keep the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

A group of 29 U.S. senators and representatives wrote to the corps and the U.S. Coast Guard this week, demanding answers as to why the $9 million device, completed in spring 2006, has yet to be turned on. (Full Story)

Source: JSOnline

Wisconsin's shipping season will continue, settlement reached

Story posted Monday at 5:54 p.m. 12/15/2008

Wisconsin's shipping season will go on as normal as an eleventh hour action has prevented shipping from being stopped this Thursday. Mike Simonson reports from Superior. (Full Story)

Source: Duluth, Minnesota Newspaper

Hot Ice Pan Fishing

2008 – Our 42nd Year.

December 22- Jerry Opicka, Hot Ice Pan Fishing, Wisconsin Fishing Club, Ltd Meeting. $3.00 7 PM. Meeting & 8 pm speaker. Calhoun Station, 1849 So. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin. Contact Dan Freiherr, treasurer, (414) 464-9316. Fishing reports, fishing equipment raffle plus hot pizza is available.

Jerry Opicka is an all season angler, and he’s one of the state’s best panfishermen with limits of panfish the norm NOT the exception.. He’s the past president of the Wisconsin Fishing Club, Ltd., and he currently runs the year long fishing contest. If you want to learn how to catch pan fish through the ice, this is the meeting for you. Come and find out how he does it, as he shares his vast expertise in preparation for the hard water season. Jerry will talk about locations and techniques, with safety in mind, for making limit after limit on the ice your reality. Also, bring your angling friends and relatives. Make this your Christmas fishing meeting. We welcome new members. Hot pizza is available.

Contested case and public hearing in the matter of the permit application of Cambrian Development, LLC

February 4 and 5 - A contested case and public hearing in the matter of the permit application of Cambrian Development, LLC for a permit to grade more than 10,000 square feet on the bank of the Wisconsin River to construct a boat ramp and for the Water Quality Certification of the Federal Clean Water Act to place fill in .094 acres of wetland along the Wisconsin River, City of Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County, has been continued until these dates and will be held at the Division of Hearings and Appeals, 5005 University Avenue, Suite 201, Madison at a time to be announced. For information contact the Division of Hearings and Appeals at (608) 266-7709.

Contested case public hearing in the matter of the application of McAllen 120, LLC for Water Quality Certification to fill .37 acres of wetlands

January 14 - Pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 281.15 and 281.26 and Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 2, NR 103 and NR 299 a Class 1 contested case public hearing in the matter of the application of McAllen 120, LLC for Water Quality Certification to fill .37 acres of wetlands to construct a commercial development located in the City of Madison, Dane County, will be held at 9 a.m. in the Hearing Room at the Division of Hearings and Appeals, 5005 University Avenue, Suite 201, Madison. Carl Chenoweth on behalf of McAllen 120, LLC, filed an application with the Department of Natural Resources for water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act and Wis. Admin. Code § NR 299, to place fill in .37 acres of wetlands to construct a commercial development. The proposed project is located at 6403 Femrite Drive in the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 26, Township 07 North, Range 10 East, City of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources denied the application for Water Quality Certification as outlined in a letter to McAllen 120, LLC, c/o Carl Chenoweth dated August 18, 2008. By letter dated September 24, 2008, Carl Chenoweth on behalf of McAllen 120, LLC, filed a request for a contested case hearing. On September 26, 2008, the Department granted a contested case hearing pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 227.42. On December 3, 2008, the Department filed a Request for Hearing with the Division of Hearings and Appeals. For information contact the Division of Hearings and Appeals at (608) 266-7709

Water Guards’ efforts to help stop spread of invasive species well received

MADISON – Wisconsin’s Water Guards, nine new deputy wardens brought on board exclusively to help stop the spread of invasive species, are being well received, according to feedback received by state environmental and natural resource officials.

“It went even better than we expected,” said Chief Warden Randy Stark of the Department of Natural Resources. “We had a lot of positive support from the public for the Water Guards. They used a multifaceted approach to get the word out on invasives and it worked well.”

The wardens’ Water Guards program started in May 2008 to focus solely on educating and enforcing rules to prevent boaters and anglers from accidentally spreading invasive species and diseases. The Water Guards spent more than 1,100 hours at landings across the state, educating boaters and anglers about the rules and demonstrating to them how to clean their boats. Their work complemented the hundreds of paid and volunteer watercraft inspectors at landings across the state.

In addition, the Water Guards spoke to participants in fishing tournaments, sponsored exhibits and answered questions at dozens of county fairs and at the Wisconsin State Fair. They also teamed up with DNR’s fisheries and aquatic invasive species programs to conduct a mass media campaign to reach more boaters and anglers.

“I have nothing but positive feedback to share about the Water Guards and I’ve heard nothing but the same from the counties and lake associations and lake districts,” says Erin Henegar, a University of Wisconsin-Extension outreach specialist who coordinates the Clean Boats, Clean Waters (exit DNR) training program for watercraft inspectors.

For a look at Wisconsin’s Water Guards at work, to see and hear their public service announcements, and to view the prevention steps, view this audio slide show with Water Guard Coordinator Tom Wrasse.

Wisconsin Water Guards at Work [Length: 4:55 minutes]

Henegar said having the Water Guards in uniform at the landings has helped draw even more attention to the importance of boaters and anglers taking steps to prevent spreading aquatic invaders. As importantly, however, the nine deputy wardens were very creative in producing some new educational tools like interactive displays for kids and in reaching a lot of people in different settings.

“I also heard very positive feedback from aquatic invasive species coordinators at the county level,” Henegar says. “A lot of the lake groups shared similar information because the Water Guards spoke at a wide variety of community and lake events. Their enthusiasm and their commitment were very impressive.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Wrasse (715) 358-9203; Randy Stark (608) 266-1115

Partnerships yield successes in fight against aquatic invaders

But new introductions still a problem for state

MADISON – State environmental officials credit strengthened state and local partnerships aimed at fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species with helping to contain several worrisome new invaders: VHS fish disease, a tiny water flea with an over-sized ability to disrupt lake ecosystems, and an invasive plant that has wreaked havoc in southern U.S. water bodies.

“Wisconsin is defined by water,” said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank. “The state cannot stop invasive species from entering our waters by itself. Our partners know their lakes, and also understand how lakes support Wisconsin’s tourism industry and the local and state economy. Their community-based efforts prevent species such as Eurasian water milfoil and zebra mussels from choking our waterways or crowding out our native species.”

Gov. Jim Doyle’s last budget added $1.8 million to DNR’s $1.5 million aquatic invasive species grant program, more than doubling the available grant money to support local efforts. He also added nine positions to the DNR conservation warden force to serve as water guards. [EDITOR’S NOTE: See related story in this week’s DNR Weekly News on Water Guards.]

“In 2008 we found no new lakes with VHS, no new waters with spiny water fleas, and the invasive plant hydrilla has apparently been eliminated from the Marinette County pond where it was growing,” Frank said. “We think that reflects the efforts of growing partnerships among counties, tribes, local communities, citizen volunteers and the state to keep Wisconsin lakes and streams healthy and free of invasive species.”

Paid and volunteer watercraft inspectors logged a record number of hours at boat landings this year, inspecting more than 50,000 boats and educating more than 100,000 people. This year also saw a dramatic increase in the grant funds available from the DNR to help local communities fight aquatic invasive species. And a new DNR program, the Water Guards, brought on board nine deputy conservation wardens to work exclusively on education and enforcement of laws to prevent the spread of invasive species and VHS.

While aquatic invasive species cause more damage in some places than in others, everywhere they spread they can crowd out native species, which in turn can have an impact on fish and other aquatic life that depend on them for food and habitat. They can also interfere with recreation, as Eurasian water-milfoil and Hydrilla can when thick mats of these plants tangle in boat propellers. The most common way these invaders spread from lake to lake is in a live well, bilge water, or by clinging to a boat or trailer bound for another water.

Julia Solomon, who coordinates aquatic invasive species outreach for the DNR and UW-Extension, says that boaters and anglers deserve much of the credit for slowing the spread of key aquatic invaders in 2008.

“Over 90 percent of boaters report that they clean their boats and drain water from their equipment when they leave a lake. That’s great news, since the main way that that aquatic invasive species spread from lake to lake is by hitching a ride on boats, boat trailers and gear,” she says.

A recent statewide UW-Badger poll (exit DNR) revealed similar statistics, and indicated that boaters and anglers are also doing a good job in taking some of the steps required to stop the spread of VHS fish disease, but could improve on some of those steps.

The news for 2008 wasn’t all good. The invasive plant Eurasian water-milfoil, which forms thick mats at the water’s surface that interfere with boating and fishing, was found in 13 new waters and zebra mussels were found in five.

“Every new lake with an invasive species is one lake too many, but we’re holding the line against these invaders,” Bode says. “The number of new Eurasian water-milfoil findings is down again this year, even though there are more source waters. For zebra mussels, research shows that more than 400 of our lakes are vulnerable to their invasion, so finding them in only five new waters is promising.”

Other bad news, however, was the discovery earlier this month of invasive Asian carp were confirmed in Wisconsin waters of the Mississippi River—further upstream than they have previously been documented.

Several species of potentially invasive plants -- yellow floating heart, water lettuce, and water hyacinth -- also were found this summer in isolated ponds in southeastern Wisconsin. Solomon says the discovery of these new invasive plants points out the need for people who have backyard ponds and water gardens to landscape with care, choosing native species when possible and never releasing water garden specimens into natural waterbodies.

The bottom line, says Solomon, is that the growing partnership to fight invasive species is making progress but individual actions make the big difference. “Whether it’s cleaning your boat after a day on the water, properly handling leftover bait, or using native water plants in your pond, there are things we all must do to keep our lakes and rivers healthy.”

Prevention Steps for Boaters and Anglers
  • Inspect boat, trailer and equipment and remove plants, animals and mud;
  • Drain water from boat, motor, bilge, live wells, and bait containers;
  • Don’t move live fish away from a waterbody, and
  • Use leftover minnows only under certain conditions.
Prevention Steps for Water Gardeners
  • Landscape with native plants when possible;
  • Buy your plants from a reputable supplier whose stock you trust;
  • Inspect plant orders for unwanted “hitchhikers,” and;
  • Never release plants, fish or exotic pets into natural waters.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Bode (608) Julia Solomon (608)