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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.


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
 
Don’t be spreading those aquatic weeds
Lake jumpers won’t always find watercraft inspectors at the next lake, so they need to check for themselves to ensure they aren’t spreading weeds and infected water from lake to lake.                       —Contributed Photo
By Kurt Krueger

ANGLERS and boaters are being challenged these days through the Clean Boats Clean Waters program to do the right thing for the resource — and we aren’t talking about just natural resources here.

When it comes to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS),

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:51 PM
 
Bond Flowage: a scenic, quality retreat
Steve Krueger and Bill Larson pose with some dandy walleyes that fell to a jig and minnow on a recent trip to the wild Bond Flowage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.                                        —Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

BACK in the day when a group of us were fighting to keep piers off the undeveloped shorelines of the Bond Flowage, my personal experiences on that waterbody were quite limited.

All the scribbler knew for sure was that there were few places left with miles of natural, scenic shoreline where a person could recreate in wild country. Darn few.

My appreciation for the few people who put together

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:16 AM
 
Scouts plan to help protect area turtles
By Kurt Krueger

THE?LOWLY turtles that flourish in this land of lakes, known only by names like painted and snapper, are going to get some help from several Girl Scouts in the area.

Because turtles are often hit by motorists as they cross roads and highways to find suitable nest sites for laying their eggs — mostly in June — the Scouts are mounting an awareness campaign that will include signage on some of the most heavily used roads occupied by turtles.

Just like those deer crossing signs that motorists

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Trollers win, but not without limitations
Motor trolling will be legal statewide starting with the 2015 fishing season, but the rules here will generally be one line per angler and no more than two trolling anglers per boat.                               —STAFF?PHOTO

By Kurt Krueger

 

WITHOUT surprise to anyone, the Natural Resources Board finalized last week a rule that motor trolling will be legal on all inland waters starting in spring 2015.

The proposal won overwhelming support at the spring fish and game hearings, where the yes votes were 3,646 compared to

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:21 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:23 AM )
 
Fishing took center stage for the holiday
Grandson Alexander isn’t 5 yet, but he’s learning to cast and haul in crappies on his own in Krueger family tradition. 	—Photo By The Author

By Kurt Krueger

AFTER the winter we just experienced, right up until the snow flurries and frosty nights of two weeks ago, a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend with temperatures in the high 70s is just what the doctor ordered.

There were lines at most boat landings throughout the weekend because hundreds of thousands trekked north for all sorts of reasons, including their first decent opportunity to open the cabin, put in the pier and clean up the yard.

And while fishing is always a key element to May tourism,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:57 PM
 
Starting to bring wolf numbers in line
A smaller but sustainable wolf population is what the DNR is working diligently and effectively to achieve in Wisconsin.         —Contributed Photo
By Kurt Krueger

WOLF hunters and trappers harvested 257 wolves last fall and helped bring Wisconsin’s estimated wolf population to less than 700 animals, the latest word on the subject from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

David MacFarland, the DNR’s large carnivore specialist, said the late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state.

He said that population is within the range predicted

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:42 AM
 
It’s been a tough fishing start thus far
The highlight of the young walleye season thus far has been a pair of nice Wisconsin River walleyes that the scribbler and Editor Gary Ridderbusch teamed up on last week. They hit a jig and minnow combo.
By Kurt Krueger

HAVING spent the past 50 years fishing opening weekends in the North Woods, I can’t recall a more dismal start to the open water fishing season.

I’m not trying to further depress the owners of sport shops, bait stands and other businesses that thrive on fishing-related tourism, but the record has to show the effects of Mother Nature and severely reduced walleye bag limits.

Though lacking solid financial evidence with which to back my claims, I’d say the opening weekend turnout was not even 5% of the modern normal because most lakes were covered with ice.

And last weekend, though slightly better, paled in comparison to any normal May fishing weekend. Most of the lakes that did clear of ice didn’t do so until last Thursday,

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:05 AM
 
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