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State Roundup – May 29th, 2009

HEY, GOT KIDS WHO WANT TO FISH? Three Wisconsin boat dealers,
along with folks from the Angler and Young Angler Tournaments
(AYA), want to get kids away from the TV, video games, or the
computer and onto the water this summer.

With that goal in mind, the dealers and AYA have organized three
one-day tournaments this June – June 14 in Green Bay, June 20 in
Green Lake, and June 28 in Hales Corners. The first-place team wins
a boat, motor, and trailer, along with an invitation to fish in the
AYA finals later in the summer in Canada. Each one-day event ends
with a barbecue and awards presentation. For information, call:
June 14 at Green Bay, Mr. Outboard’ s Watersports, (920) 337-9717;
June 20 at Green Lake, Norton’ s Dry Dock, (920) 295-3462; and June
28 at Hales Corners, M & W Marine, (414) 425-2790.

WISCONSIN’ S INLAND LAKES can still grow big walleyes. Sure,
there’ s good reason to go to Chequamegon Bay, Green Bay, the Fox
River, and the Marinette River to catch big walleyes in the spring,
but a recent catch in the Minocqua area proves that big walleyes
can still be caught on our inland lakes. According to Kurt Justice,
owner of Kurt’ s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua, a local row-troller
caught a 33-inch, 13-pound, 9-ounce walleye at 2 a.m. last
week.

WISCONSIN’ S FREE FISHING WEEKEND arrives June 6-7. Every year
on the first full weekend of June, all the waters of the state are
open to free fishing for residents and visitors of all ages,
including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering
Wisconsin. The need for trout or salmon stamps also is set aside
for those two days. Anglers should remember, though, that all other
fishing regulations do apply.

The DNR web site, at http://dnr.wi.gov, provides a list of free
fishing clinics and other activities planned at state parks and
local parks throughout Wisconsin. Some state parks and DNR offices
even have free fishing gear to loan out. DNR aquatic resources
educator Theresa Stabo also is looking for groups or individuals
who might like to host a fishing event that weekend. You may
download an “event planning form” from the web site, or call Stabo
at (608) 266-2272.

THE STATE PARKS OPEN HOUSE coincides with Free Fishing Weekend,
but usually is one day instead of two. This year, most open house
events will take place on Sunday, June 7 – state park stickers are
not needed that day. The open house extends to most state fish
hatcheries, state forests, state trails, and other facilities. The
state has 17 fish hatcheries, egg-collection facilities, and
rearing stations, and many schedule open house activities.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD of the Wisconsin Anglers Club, hit the DNR
web site at http://dnr.wi.gov to
learn more about this fishing awards program that recognizes
outstanding sportfishing catches from state waters. There are three
categories: kept (meet or exceed a minimum weight), release (meet
or exceed a minimum length), and mixed bag (release a variety of
fish).

The program is free, but anglers must have a valid state fishing
license, obey fishing rules, must catch the fish by “pole and
line,” must meet the category requirements, must complete the
application form, and must include a side-view photo of the fish.
Forms are available on the DNR web site. Send the application and
photo to: Wisconsin Anglers Club, DNR, P.O. Box 7921, 101 South
Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

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