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Ugly sight
Due to the thick ice and deep snow this winter, there has been a fish kill on 1,700-acre Thunder Lake just west of Three Lakes. This was the scene along the south shore of Thunder Lake Friday, with only about one-quarter of the lake free of ice. The dead fish included thousands of bluegills (above), as well as some crappies, walleyes, bass and northerns. The Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association operates an aerator on the lake, but due to the extreme conditIons this year a fish kill still resulted. Winterkill is a natural process occurring when fish don't have enough oxygen, according to the DNR. In ice-capped winters, most oxygen in the water comes from aquatic plants. However, when the ice and snow cover is thick, plants cannot get the sunlight needed, and instead of producing oxygen, they die back and decompose.                          —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:48 PM
Ron Bruch named new fisheries director

Wisconsin’s next fisheries director took over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing the Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.

Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut in Ashland County and Milwaukee, and a 37- year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries management program, takes over from Mike Staggs,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
Discovery Center to host Craven, wildlife ecologist

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters will host wildlife ecologist and regular WXPR public-radio guest Scott Craven for a program Thursday, May 15, in its main lodge.

The program is part of the Nibbles n’ Knowledge monthly lecture series at the Discovery Center and will focus on wildlife-based recreation.

Craven will examine hunting, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife feeding and watching, and surveying.  He also will explore how these activities draw people to live, recreate, work in and visit Wisconsin’s North Woods.

He will explore this growing area of interest and tourism

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
Vilas Shooting Range now open
By Joe Costanza
Special to the News-Review

The Vilas County Shooting Range is now open that spring has finally arrived.

Dale Mayo, administrator of the county Parks and Recreation Department, said the shooting range, located on Highway 45 North about 6 miles north of downtown Eagle River, resumed operation last Thursday after being closed for the winter.

The range is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during spring,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:44 PM
Fishing opens this Saturday
Because of ice still covering most lakes in the North Woods, rivers, channels and small lakes might be the only places to fish this weekend — the opener for game fish.       —STAFF PHOTO

Anglers can now keep largemouth bass

By News-Review Staff

Anglers heading out for  opening day of the inland fishing season this Saturday, May 3, will find a mixed bag of fishing conditions and the opportunity to harvest largemouth bass in May in northern Wisconsin for the first time in 22 years.

“People can look forward to another year of exciting fishing in Wisconsin,”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:19 PM