WILD THINGS: Free Fishing Weekend, A Great Time To Catch New Anglers
Sunfish like this blue sunfish are willing biters in the region’s inland lakes and rivers, as well as in the harbors and marinas of Green Bay. Photo by Kevin Naze.
In spring, a young man’s thoughts often turn to his first love. For many of us baby boomers, that love was fishing. A broken heart? Who wouldn’t get after line breaks while battling an invisible monster?
Back then, I didn’t need the latest study to tell me that relaxing outdoors and being close to nature was the main reason people fished or those who frequently engaged in outdoor activities. are more satisfied with life.
It was just, “Mom, can you drop me off at …” followed by the location of any of a half dozen or more places where worm digging or nocturnal caterpillar picking preceded. generally my adventures. Most of the time, these were solo outings to fish on a dock or rocky shore, or in an old wooden boat that I had rented or borrowed from a business or owner by the lake.
Today, many children do not have it easy. Millions of people live in urban or suburban areas where access to fishing is not easily accessible, or where competition for the few existing spots is strong. There are also so many scheduled activities, leaving little time for unstructured recreation.
Years ago getting away from it all meant a chance to explore, to test my limits and skills. Today I try to pass on what I learned to my friends and family. It doesn’t matter where you fish or what you use for bait, just take the time to get there, it’s important.
Wisconsin’s annual Free Fishing Weekend, held June 5-6 this year, is a great time to attract newcomers, young and old, to fishing. More than 90,000 state residents bought a fishing license for the first time last year, joining nearly 1.4 million returning anglers aged 16 and over. (Those who are 15 or younger do not need a license.)
Fishing can take you away from the noise and bustle of life. Go solo, and the loneliness will spark a new perspective. You’ll come back full of energy and ready to tackle the latest project at home or in the office.
Part of the guided outing experience is sharing an uninterrupted conversation while fishing with a family member or friend. At other times, you will enjoy quiet moments while your mind drifts while waiting for a bite to eat.
Getting the kids on their first fishing trip is one of my favorite things to do. Besides rods, reels and bait, we take life jackets, sunscreen, insect repellents, snacks and refreshments. Whether it’s picking up our own bait or buying it, we shoot for low pressure trips with lots of laughs, and we pick up the trash others have left without thinking.
The objectives are to have a fun and safe time; teach certain skills; and educate young people on why it is so important to have clean air and water. And the lesson often ends the same way it has for over four decades: with a plate of seared bluegills, sunfish, crappies or perch.
I can’t keep the fish everywhere
Smallmouth bass fishing is release only until June 19 in the Ahnapee, Kewaunee, and Mink rivers, as well as all other tributaries of Lake Michigan north of Highway 29. Smallmouth bass Mouths may also not be kept until July 1 in all waters within a quarter of a mile. of all the islands in the city of Washington Island.
The muskellunge fishing season begins May 29 in the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, with a minimum size limit of one fish of 54 inches.
Yellow perch fishing is closed on Lake Michigan and its tributaries like the Ahnapee River until June 16. The perch fishery reopened on May 20 in the waters of Green Bay.
Due to the expiration of an emergency rule and the failure to put a permanent rule in place during the COVID-19 downturn, the daily bag limit for lake trout is back to two per day . The State Department of Natural Resources was expected to correct this error and reduce the bag limit to five by the end of June.
Humane Society of the United States obtains a D
CharityWatch, an independent reviewer, gave the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) a “D” rating – the latest in a pattern of poor ratings for the animal rights group.
Although HSUS is unaffiliated with the humanitarian companies in the region doing a great job, he certainly takes advantage of the name confusion in his fundraising.
CharityWatch has found that HSUS spends 53% of its budget on overhead, and that little of the money it raises goes to the animals depicted in its advertising for donation. HumaneWatch, a group that keeps an eye on the animal rights movement, says that only about 1% of the money raised by the organization is donated to pet shelters. Meanwhile, the group says 70 employees make six figures, including the CEO at over $ 400,000.
Lake Down 17 inches
As of May 21, Lake Michigan was down 17 inches from last May’s record. Below normal precipitation and above average evaporation caused by warmer temperatures over the past year – less ice cover on Lake Superior, which feeds the Great Lakes – resulted in the rapid decrease.
Despite the drop, lake levels were still 18 inches above the 100-year average and four feet above the absolute monthly low, established in 1964.
Last call for Elk Chance
Hunters who want a rare shot on a Wisconsin moose should apply for a tag by May 31. Only four tags are awarded per raffle, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffles another tag. In the first three hunting seasons, applicants generated over $ 600,000 to support the Wisconsin elk management program.