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More than 120 fish registered in 50th Vilas Musky Marathon
Al Trzebiatowski of Presque Isle won the Men’s Released Division at the Vilas County Musky Marathon, registering this 543?4-inch fish. He caught the muskie in late June using a homemade jerk lure.  —Contributed Photo

The final standings for the 50th annual Vilas County Musky Marathon have been released as another year of memories was added to the long?running fishing event.
According to Janet Christianson of Vilas County Tourism & Publicity, a total of 122 muskies were registered by anglers in four divisions during the May through November Mara­thon.
“It is important to note that while many anglers do take the opportunity to register their muskie in the Marathon, the number registered does not represent the total number of muskies caught during 2013 in Vilas County,” she said.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:02 PM
Outdoor women set ski outing PDF Print E-mail

The  Outdoor Women’s Group will meet at ABR Trails southeast of Ironwood, Mich., for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m.
Participants should take a sack lunch and beverage to eat in the warming lodge.
Group lessons will be available with advance sign-up. Trail fees will be $12, or $9 for seniors, and rentals also are available.
All new and former participants are welcome. To reserve a spot or arrange carpooling, call Norma at (715) 477-1984 by Monday, Feb. 17.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:01 PM
Hunters harvest 4,633 turkeys
Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 4,633 birds during the fall season.                  	        —STAFF PHOTO

Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a total of 4,633 birds during the fall 2013 wild turkey season, a decrease of 34% from the 7,054 turkeys registered during the 2012 season.
Success rates also decreased, from 12.9% in 2012 to 7.1% during the 2013 season.
“The late spring and wet June last year translated into poor overall reproductive success for turkeys, so with fewer young birds out there we expected to see a bit of a drop in harvest during the fall season,” said Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:57 PM
Lions Club to hold 61st fishing derby

The Three Lakes Lions Club will hold its 61st annual Ice Fishing Derby and raffles Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the grounds of the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center on Superior Street.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest and the second-largest northern, walleye, bass and total panfish weight.
There also will be separate $50 prizes for the largest fish of any kind caught by a child 12 years old or younger. Youths, supervised by a parent, are welcome to participate.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:57 PM
DNR develops new permit for fish habitat projects

Lakefront property owners statewide can now more quickly and easily create fish sticks habitat near their shoreline to benefit fish and improve fishing, state fisheries and habitat protection officials say.
A new streamlined permit available from the state and an easy step-by-step guide for fish sticks are now available on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website at to help foster the projects, which involve placing trees in shallow water and anchoring them on the shore.
“Fish sticks projects are paying off in northern Wisconsin lakes by providing more critical habitat for fish and insects, birds, turtles and frogs,” said Scott Toshner, the DNR fisheries biologist who worked with partners on the fish sticks projects that placed hundreds of trees in the Eau Claire chain of lakes in Bayfield and

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:57 PM