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Kurt Krueger

In the Outdoors


Kurt Krueger can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


Some of the wildest places in Wisconsin
A fat brook trout is a bonus on a trip to trout country, one of the most tranquil, remote places Wisconsin has to offer.          —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

ONE OF the strangest summers for weather and bugs has altered fishing patterns for several species, and that’s my excuse for not hitting the trout stream until reports subsided of large mosquitos carrying off small animals.

Maybe the scribbler is getting wimpy as the years pass, but the bugs were so plentiful around residential areas in May and June that I couldn’t imagine what they’d be like in trout country — where you better have some bug spray along.

The story I’m sticking with is that the mayfly hatches were really late this year and that I rely on that  frenzy-producing period to take some nice brook trout

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:52 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:10 PM )
 
Grouse numbers better than expected
By Kurt Krueger

IT’S ALWAYS a pleasure to see a ruffed grouse picking gravel from a roadside shoulder, an item it must have for a hard-working gizzard that breaks down seeds and other foods for digestion.

Last week I spotted a grouse while traveling 55 mph on a county highway, as you could hardly miss the dark form against the lighter gravel.

And like usual, I pulled off a distance ahead,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:41 PM
 
Sharing boat space, making new friends
Walker Linboom of Eagle River and August Wang of Milwaukee display some of their catch during Guides/Kids Day, including August’s 141?4-inch monster, judged trophy of the day by the chamber.   	—Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

NEVER am I?more serious about finding fish than when it comes to guiding kids who yearn to catch something, and so it should be for those of us who really care about hooking kids on one of the world’s greatest outdoor, lifelong sports.

That drive caused me to check the Three Lakes Chain for spawning bluegills last Wednesday on the eve of Guides/Kids Day in Eagle River, a Thursday set aside each year to give kids an opportunity to spend the afternoon in a boat with a guide or so-called guide.

The brief scouting trip showed that bluegills,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:17 PM
 
Get ready for the right place, right time
By Kurt Krueger

CHIRPING in the skies above meant an osprey was near and I fumbled around trying to switch from fishing to photography, just in case the so-called fishhawk decided to dive-bomb a school of fish in my vicinity.

I barely got the camera set and the strap around my neck before the big bird literally fell out of the sky, dropping so quickly I lost it in the viewfinder and had to play catch-up to find it. It was pretty much coming right at my canoe.

The shutter was clicking as it neared the water,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:01 PM
 
Still fishing with Dad a half-century later
Pop Krueger holds a pair of dandy walleyes he took with jig and minnow on a cold, windy afternoon last month.                 —Photo By The Author
By Kurt Krueger

YOU?CAN’T call it beginners luck when it happens to an 85-year-old who has been fishing most of his life, but it is otherwise hard to explain how it came to be.

I was sharing boat space on an evening in June with my dad, Leland Krueger of Marion, who was more anxious than ever to get up north to collect some prized walleye and crappie filets for the frying pan.

Anxious is an accurate assessment

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:24 AM
 
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