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  1. Hammer 'em, Look me up when you move out. Winnebago is a walleye goldmine -- even I can catch 'em (along with non-stop sheephead action ). Ice fishing was pretty challenging but so far this spring the lake has been relatively easy to figure out. The bite has been pretty good recently except for numerous disruptions from bad weather. I'm sure by the time you get here it may be a bit more challenging, but recently I've done well finding a meal.
  2. Congrats!! My boy prefers the Scooby Doo pole
  3. No Beckman, your reasoning doesn't make sense, there is not enough oil in ANWR to make a bit of difference in world oil prices. Under the most wildly optimistic scenario ANWR could only provide about 1%-2% of US demand in the 10-20 years it would take to exploit the fields. The impact on present world oil prices would be ZERO and, given a corresponding decline in North Slope production, the future impact would also be close to ZERO.
  4. Thanks guys. I know of the Big Bog in Washkish, the plan is to camp Friday night a little south of Kehlier, drive up for the Saturday reunion, back to the campground Saturday night, and then back down to the cabin near Emily that Sunday. Trying to keep car time limited because our 1 1/2 year old isn't a great traveler. Camping somehwere off of 46 as opposed to Washkish will probably save us a little time in the car on Sunday. I was thinking Deer Lake, East or West Seelye, or Mosomo Point, any opinions? [This message has been edited by SpikeRoberts (edited 05-14-2004).]
  5. I have a family reunion in Kehlier in June and want to camp in one of the National Forest Campgrounds off of 46, closer to Northhome is better but if there is a real nice one closer to DR that's cool too. Any suggestions? P.S. Looking for beach & shorefishing for the kids, maybe some convenient hiking trails, and reasonably private campsites. [This message has been edited by SpikeRoberts (edited 05-13-2004).]
  6. BradB, Far from “junk science,” the documentation of the effects of lead tackle is made in dozens of articles published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, government agency reports, and proceedings of wildlife professional symposia. Is the literature incomplete? Sure, that is the character of almost all knowledge of wildlife biology. Your position demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of “science.” In this arena (as in studies of deer, ducks, fish, and all other wildlife) what we know is based upon limited studies extrapolated across populations. Wildlife biology like all other science is the study of probabilities. Your demand for “proof” is an unachievable and complete unrealistic standard. Biologists would never be able to isolate any of the many factors that influence a population - weather, forage, habitat, and many other factors all play a role. If, in time, we are able to identify a direct, negative, cause-effect link between lead and overall loon populations it may be too late. Given what we do know, the exchange and education program is an extremely reasonable and cost effective policy to address a potential threat. Contrary to your claims, the exchange program is completely voluntary and, within the program, there is no “effort to limit, and eventually outlaw, the use of lead tackle” (basically you’re committing what’s known as the slippery-slope fallacy). If, in the event that the “smoking gun” is discovered, taking these small steps to create a market for lead alternatives now will make a more drastic transition to lead-free fishing much more tolerable for manufacturers and anglers. I believe it was Ben Franklin who wisely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
  7. Hammer, The Fox flows north from Winnebago into Green Bay. DePere is just south/up-river from GB.
  8. I'm a huge Vikes fan but I'm truly sad that the Packers lost. It sure has been nice having the world to myself on Sunday afternoons, no one on the lakes on Sunday afternoons while they were in the playoffs. Now I'll have to put up with the guy that needs to set up 40 feet away from me when there's 135,000 acres to fish.
  9. Yup, a coffe can with burning charcoal is an effective way to keep your hole open. The hot can close to your holes will melt some ice which, in turn, flows into your holes. The warmer water will prevent the hole from freezing up. To construct such a device punch a couple of holes into the side of the can an inch or so from the bottom. This provides an intake for air to keep the charcoal burning with the inch or more cushion to prevent the melting water from flowing into the coffee can. Watch out though, the hot can can melt your fishing line and cause more trouble than scooping your hole would be.
  10. willowcat, You should head over here in Eastern WI if you want to meet a real Vikings fan. The wife, the kids, and I get the purple out every Sunday no matter how loud the neighbors jeer us.
  11. Lakes are opened to liberalized fishing when a fish population is endangered due to the lack of oxygen available in the water. These lakes are opened so that the public can take fish before they die. Lakes opened to liberalized fishing have signs posted at the public access, or along the shore, and announcements will be made in the local newspaper and through Fisheries Central Office. Lakes opened to liberalized fishing in 2003-2004 (updated December 30, 2003) Bear Lake & Lake Geneva in Freeborn County Geneva Freeborn Dates effective: 12/17/03-2/15/04 Rules for taking fish from lakes opened to liberalized fishing: The lakes are only open to liberalized fishing for a short time period. So check the dates on posted signs or in local newspapers. You are required to have a resident angling license to take fish on liberalized lakes. You may take fish in any quantity for personal use from lakes opened to liberalized fishing. You may sell rough fish. You may take fish by spear, gillnet, or angling (check each lake at the access site, gillnets may not be allowed at all lakes). You may not use seines, hoop nets, fyke nets, or explosives to take fish. All trespass laws are in effect and you should abide by them when accessing lakes. Do not leave any trash or litter on the lakes and take home all fish that are caught. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/fishing/liberalized.html
  12. Here's a great site on MN fish species. http://www.gen.umn.edu/research/fish/fishes/natural_history.html I didn't see the "red ear" or the "shellcracker" on the site's list but the list isn't necessarily complete. We can, however, add orange-spotted sunfish and green sunfish to our list.
  13. Thanks for the clarification Minnetonka
  14. No! Don't do this at your own risk. DON'T DO IT AT ALL! Dumping dump in the lakes to help you find fish is wrong legally, ethically, and environmentally. DON'T DO IT!!
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