Saturday, July 3, 2010

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Dan & Jeff Header face left SHOW #527 | 2010 JULY 03
• Are black bears invading southern Wisconsin?
• Blueberries are almost ripe in Baudette, MN!
• Tips for big panfish on Geneva and Delavan.
• A big Outdoors Radio Network Welcome to listeners on our newest affiliate station, Freedom Talk 950 WERL, in Eagle River, Wisconsin, where we air on Saturdays at 9 a.m.
• Jeff buys some new treestands and trail cameras
•Jeff is now a member of Clam Corporation's pro staff. He will be doing seminars and other appearances for Clam this fall and winter.
• Dan reports on last weekend's Deer Fest

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wildlife ecologist with UW-Madison, shares insights from his ongoing black bear study.


wildlife artist and fishing and hunting guide, tells how he catches big panfish on lakes Geneva and Delavan.


executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism, reports on July Fourth activities, walleye action and the ripening wild blueberries in the Baudette, Minn. area.

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Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.


July 31: Indianapolis, IN banquet
Aug. 14: Winchester, WI banquet
Aug. 17: Minneapolis, MN banquet
Aug. 19: Blackduck, MN banquet
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Now through Labor Day: Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, WI - Eagle Springs Lake 2nd annual carp attack. $500 reward for catching or shooting one of 6 tagged carp. If you get one, Contact: Tom Day at 262-594-3231. Dispose of untagged carp in the dumpster at the public boat landing.

July 3: Car/Motorcycle Wash to benefit the family of Alexander Becker, of Kewaskum, who died after an accident at Kiwanis Park in Kewaskum on Father's Day, June 20. Glenn Curtiss Motorsports, 4345 Highway 33, West Bend, 11 am - 2pm. Contact: Glenn Curtiss Motorsports 262-338-3684

July 11: Elliot Kahle & Ethan Galaska Memorial Fishing Tournament, Pewaukee Lake. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Smokey's Bait Shop, 129 Park Avenue, Pewaukee. $50 fee per boat. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Register by July 10. Contact: Smokey's Bait Shop 262- 691-0360.

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Water Guards ARE OUT during the July 4 weekend educating boaters on new invasive rules

MADISON – State conservation wardens and specialized deputy wardens known as “Water Guards” will be out in full force over the Fourth of July holiday to educate boaters and anglers about a new invasive species law that makes it illegal to leave a boat launch and drive on public roads with aquatic plants and animals attached to boats, trailers, or equipment.

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“We know that Wisconsinites care deeply about protecting lakes and rivers, and that once they know the right thing to do, they'll do it,” says Randy Stark, Chief Warden for the state Department of Natural Resources. “So we'll be out at boat landings across Wisconsin to help educate people about this new law and contacting people we see hitting the highway with plants still attached.”

Stark says that recent surveys of boaters show that 90 percent say they are taking some steps to prevent spreading zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil and other aquatic invasive species. “Most people are doing a great job and the vast majority of lakes and rivers don't have invasive species,” Starks says. “We all want to keep it that way, so we need everyone to take all of the prevention steps. That includes all boaters and all anglers, and those who fish from shore.”

Bob Wakeman, DNR aquatic invasive species coordinator, says the new law will make it easier for people to understand what they need to do and when, and for wardens to enforce. For more than a decade, boaters and anglers have been asked to inspect their boats and remove any aquatic plants attached to them, and since 2001, a law has required that boats be clean of aquatic plants and animals before they are launched, he says.

But some boaters are still inadvertently moving equipment around the state with invasive species attached: of the 52,777 boats inspected by volunteers and paid inspectors in 2009, 16 percent had plants attached. Local lakes groups and lawmakers in northern Wisconsin pushed hard for many years to get this new law, known as the “transport law,” on the books.

“With this new law, boaters will know that not only must their boat be clean when they launch, but they can't leave the landing and hit the highway with aquatic plants or animals attached.” Wakeman says. A first citation of the transport law carries a penalty ranging from $232 to $767.50 and a second offense within three years carries a penalty that ranges up to $2,657.

Conservation wardens have been working with statewide and local law enforcement organizations to inform them about the new transport law so they can help enforce it. Over the long holiday weekend, conservation wardens and water guards will focus their efforts on waters that already have multiple aquatic invasive species to keep those invaders from being taken to new lakes. They'll talk to boaters who are launching their boats and explain the new law, and will be stopping cars and boat trailers found to be leaving landings with aquatic plants or animals contrary to state law.

Volunteer boat inspectors and paid county and state boat inspectors will be working at boating landings as well, helping educate people about the new law, inspecting boats, and demonstrating the required prevention steps. Those steps are:

Before launching and before leaving a launch

  • INSPECT boats, trailers and equipment.
  • REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
  • DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles and equipment.
  • NEVER MOVE live fish away from a water body. That means, if you want to take your catch home, drain water from it before leaving the landing. However, you can put the fish on ice.
  • BUY YOUR BAIT only at Wisconsin bait dealers. You may take leftover minnows home in up to 2 gallons of water and use it again on the same water, or use it elsewhere if you have not added lake or river water to the bait container.

More information on these rules and related exceptions for minnow use, is available on the invasive species pages of the DNR website.


  • Randy Stark (608) 266-1115
  • Greg Stacey (608) 576-9123
  • Bob Wakeman (608) 574-2149

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