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APRIL 09, 2011 |  SHOW #615
thiswk•World record canoe race attempt on the Rhine River
•Wisconsin DNR Spring Hearings and Conservation Congress meetings April 11
•Time to protect your boat against spiders and other crawling pests
•Wisconsin River walleye action heating up

•Jeff named promotions and marketing director for US Freshwater Fishing Federation
•Join Dan for “Talkin’ Turkey with Dan Small,” April 9 at Plymouth Alliance Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin


Would you support legislation to ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the nine-day gun deer season?
YES 67% | NO 33% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%
Do you favor increasing the minimum size limit to 40 inches for muskellunge on all waters that currently have a 34-inch minimum size limit, and decreasing the minimum size limit to 28 inches for muskellunge on ten slow-growth waters?

BACKGROUND: Muskellunge 40-inch Minimum Size Limit on Most Waters Statewide

This proposal would increase the minimum size limit from 34 to 40 inches for muskellunge on approximately 600 waters. It would decrease the minimum size limit to 28 inches for muskellunge on ten slow-growth waters:
  • English and Mineral lakes (Ashland County)
  • Bearskin, Booth and Squaw lakes (Oneida County),
  • Julia Lake (Oneida and Forest counties)
  • Butternut and Solberg lakes (Price County)
  • Spider Lake (Sawyer County)
  • Upper Gresham Lake (Vilas County)
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World-record holder for the fastest time canoeing the entire length of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers talks about his attempt with partner Dan Hoffmann to break the world record for paddling the Rhine River starting April 16


Conservation Congress liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources urges listeners to attend Wisconsin Spring Fish and Game Rules Hearings in 72 counties statewide on April 11


Founder of Spider Guard, LLC explains how boaters can keep their boats, boat covers and mooring lines free of spiders and other crawling pests this season with a new product approved by the EPA for use on boats, Buggslayer RTU


Pro-staffer for Dwyer Marine in Madison, Wisconsin reports on walleye fishing on the lower Wisconsin River
FISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • April 9: "Talkin' Turkey with Dan Small," Plymouth Alliance Church, 1203 Fairview Drive, Plymouth, WI. Doors open 9 a.m. Event is free, but registration is required. CONTACT: John Kohls 920-912-2113 or John Felten 920-526-3484 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 9: The Flyfishers Spring Opener, 9617 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fly tiers Paul Maurer and Dave Pinczkowski. Live music: Keith Scott blues musician. Rod maker reps, plus reps from TU, Badger Fly Fishers, WI Smallmouth Alliance. Raffles, food, casting instruction, more. CONTACT: The Fly Fishers 414-259-8100 ONLINE INFO
  • April 10: Spring Fever Trap Shoot, Hartland Gun Club 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 50-target event, practice trap shooting also available | CONTACT: 262-673-9919
  • April 10, 12 & 17: Intermediate Fly-Tying Class, Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg Students must know the basics and bring tools. Cost is $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. CONTACT: 800-287-8098.
  • April 11: Spring Fish & Game Rules Hearings and Conservation Congress Meetings, Statewide in 72 counties at 7 p.m. Vote for Conservation Congress delegates and vote on proposed rules changes and advisory questions. ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Kari Lee-Zimmermann 608-266-0580
  • April 13: Walleyes Unlimited USA meeting, Root River Lanes, 7220 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin. 7 p.m. Guest fee $5. Speaker: Dan Nowak: "Night Fishing Secrets on Delavan Lake." ONLINE INFO
  • Apr. 15-17: Prairie Chicken Festival, Buena Vista Festival Grounds, Wisconsin Rapids. ONLINE INFO CONTACT: Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, 715-343-6215
  • Apr. 16: 27th Annual Kids' Fishing Clinics, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha County parks. Clinics begin hourly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free instruction, equipment loan for kids 15 and under. CONTACT: Matt Coffaro, 414-263-8614 or 414-263-8494.
  • April 16: Wisconsin Bat Festival, Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm County Park, 3011 Lake Farm Road, Madison 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presentations by bat experts Rob Mies and David Redell, live bats from around the world, build a bat house, door prizes, more. Admission $8 for 16 and older, kids get in free. ONLINE INFO CONTACT: 608-224-3604.
  • April 18: Oak Creek Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Muskego Lakes Country Club 6 p.m. | CONTACT: Scott Jurk 414-339-6531
  • April 18: David Uihlein Memorial Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet, Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 Broadway. Doors open at 5 p.m. CONTACT: Jim Hayett 262-691-0100. ONLINE INFO:
  • April 28: World Premiere of "Saving the Ghost Birds," a documentary on the restoration of cranes to Wisconsin. 6 p.m. Stefanie H. Weil Center for the Performing Arts, Sheboygan. General Admission: $10. Silver & Gold Event Packages include reception and/or dinner with Gov. Walker, former Gov. Thompson and other dignitaries. CONTACT: 920-208-3243 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 30: 75th Anniversary Celebration Wild Game Dinner, Waukesha Gun Club, N22 W23170 Watertown Road 5:30 p.m. Dinner will feature wild game prepared by club members and chefs from The Coach House Inn. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the club’s facilities. ONLINE INFO:
  • April 30: Saturday Free Fishing Seminars, Dwyer Marine, 2410 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison. 9:30 a.m. doors open; 10:00 a.m. Geoff Crandall, “Early-Season Madison Muskies;” 11:30 a.m. Duffy Kopf, “Fishing Swim Jigs.” Door prizes, free lunch after seminars, lure displays. ONLINE INFO CONTACT: Jim Prouty 608-222-5591


  • April 9-10: Youth Turkey Hunt statewide
  • April 13: First five-day spring turkey season opens
  • April 20: Second five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • April 27: Third five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • April 30: Yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan
  • May 4: Fourth five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • May 7: General inland fishing season opens.

Advocate for Clean Water

This message is from the River Alliance of Wisconsin
newspicGovernor Walker's proposed state budget for the next two years is chock full of major cuts to important public services, popular programs, environmental protections and the staff who make sure laws to protect the environment are followed. On the other hand, there's lots of money allocated for more highways, the shadowy new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, more highways, tourism marketing ("Come visit our pea green lakes!"), and more highways. The Legislature intends to act fast on these sweeping changes; it is critical to add your voice to the debate to make sure environmental issues don't get lost in the shuffle.
River Alliance is working closely with other conservation organizations to highlight and fight back the many assaults on environmental programs and laws. While we know you depend on us to be the voice for rivers, this effort will take a full chorus. Our only hope is for decision makers to hear loud and clear, early and often from their constituents - you.
The three big water concerns legislators need to hear about are:

  • Keep oversight of commercial construction site erosion control in DNR.
    • Erosion from construction sites is the major source of sediment in our waters, and the budget moves this responsibility to a department with no experience or expertise in erosion control.
  • Maintain the rules for limiting phosphorus in waterways.
    • Phosphorus, the leading cause of algae growth, is in fertilizer, manure and wastewater. Just last summer, with broad support, new rules were approved and are now being set aside without having a chance to work.
  • Maintain the rules for reducing polluted runoff from cities.
    • Since 2002, state rules have required cities to work towards reducing polluted runoff, and just last year, the rules were revised to give cities more time and flexibility to hit the goal. Many cities have spent lots to get there, but the proposed budget lets laggards off the hook.
You can help by:
  • Contacting your Legislator
  • Contacting the Joint Finance Committee
  • Attending a hearing
Read more here:
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Grant | 608-257-2424 ext. 111

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