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Ice fishing on Lake Superior

Ice fishing is probably the most popular form of fishing, especially in places that have harsh winter conditions. Ice fishing is extremely popular in Wisconsin because of the cold but comfortable winter weather of the place. Lake Superior is probably one of the most famous places for ice fishing. In the past, Lake Superior is usually dead lake with literally no life in it until winter. When the cold weather hits, all the fish swim back to Lake Superior because it is comfortable for them there. This is definitely a great opportunity for anglers in the area to take advantage of! It is possible for anglers to catch a lot of different types of fish under the ice, you just need the patience and a great fishing ice chair to ensure your comfort. You can get trout, whitefish, and lakers in Lake Superior during the winter. And those are only a fraction of the kinds of fish you can get.

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What are some of the things ice anglers should know? Beginners have to make sure that they have the right equipment. They will need drills, carrying dear, ice fishing electronics used to help track the fish, and of course the fishing rod. Once you have everything on hand, then you’ll have no problem catching a lot of fish under the ice. Of course, ice fishing will take a different set of skills and techniques as compared to regular fishing.

Other places where you can ice fish in Wisconsin aside from Lake Superior are Lake Winnebago, Petenwell Flowage, Lake Waubesa, and Lake Kegonsa. These lakes are also teeming with fish during the winter just like Lake Superior. These lakes are very wide which means that you will have a lot of area to cover. If you want to try ice fishing in Wisconsin, then Lake Superior should definitely be on the top of your list of places to visit followed by these other lakes as well.

Groups Vying for Share of Catch as Numbers of Lake Superior Trout Go Down

Rainbow_trout_fishThe Lake Superior Trout numbers are on the decline which is now being felt by all the groups that catch fish from this lake. There are as many as three different groups trying to get a share of the catch. The state and two tribes take 50% each of the harvest of the trout from Lake Superior as per the 10-year Lake Superior fishing agreement. The state half is further subdivided into commercial fishermen and sport anglers who want to catch trout for sport. The two tribes that are harvesting trout from Lake Superior are Red Cliff and Bad River.

With the numbers of Lake Superior Trout going down, the sport anglers are the ones that are suffering the most. Dave Sorenson, the president of the North Wisconsin Road and Gun Club says that the commercial fishermen are taking all the trout and the sport anglers are left with almost none. According to him, they were taking 14,000 fish on average and even that number has gone down recently. The commercial fishermen on the other hand say that they have to bear the losses when the numbers of trout go down in the lake.

Craig Hoopman, a commercial fisherman from Bayfield says that the state has tied trout fishing along with whitefish fishing which hampers commercial fishermen in catching whitefish. The reason for this is that the state limits the amount of gill nets used for catching whitefish when it reduces the number of tag for trout fishing. Even the tribal biologist for the Red Cliff tribe, Chad Abel expressed concerns about this policy of the government saying that discussion have been made on the issue of managing fishery without linking whitefish to lake trout harvest but they have not yet yielded any results.    

Wisconsin Tribes and Department of Natural Resources Extend Agreement of Fishing in Lake Superior

dnrThe Department of Natural Resources at Wisconsin has formally announced the extension of the agreement of allowing fishing in Lake Superior with two tribes from Northern Wisconsin namely Bad River and Red Cliff. The development has come after the 10-year agreement expired in November. The parties decided to extend the agreement by one year for the time being with negotiations continuing between the parties for a new agreement that would be long-term.

According to the Department of Natural Resources supervisor for Lake Superior fisheries, Terry Margenau, it was important for both the parties to actually extend the old agreement and stay on table to negotiate the specifics of a new long-term agreement.

Biologist from the Wisconsin tribe Red Cliff, Chad Abel, chipped in with his opinion as well on the agreement and said that a few changes were negotiated from the previous agreement in this short-term agreement. He pointed out that the changes were made in the locations for commercial fishing. He also said that negotiations were ongoing about the restrictions placed by DNR on certain areas of the Lake Superior within Wisconsin. He said that they have requested to inspect all of the restricted regions along with the personnel with DNR to look at the stated justification for the restriction and to analyze whether there is a chance that the restriction can now be uplifted. The understandings from these inspections would make the task of drafting a new long-term agreement easier.

Chad Abel also said that all unhappy groups are welcome to join the negotiation table in response to the claims made by commercial and sport fishermen who were complaining that their inputs were not taken while deciding this agreement. However, he did say that final decision power on this matter (whether to allow commercial fishermen and sport fishermen group to join the negotiation or not) lies with the state and that the state may not want them on the table so as to quicken the entire process and to get to a final long-term agreement sooner rather than later.

Baked Whitefish with Vegetables Recipe

Baked-Fish-with-Aegean-Vegetables-PanWhitefishes are known all over the world for their great taste. There are a number of different recipes available for making delicious dishes of whitefish. According to your occasion and mood, select the right one and you will surely have a lot of fun in eating it. The following is a recipe of baked whitefish with vegetables which is literally finger licking good.

Baked Whitefish with Vegetables

It is always good to eat fish with vegetables and the combination of whitefish with different fresh vegetables of your choice can greatly enhance the taste of this delicious fish.

Ingredients

• Whitefish (any of your choice) – 2 lbs
• Cooking oil – 3 tablespoon
• Salt & pepper (according to your taste)
• Yogurt – 1 ½ tablespoon
• Onions (sliced) – 2 pieces
• Carrots (shredded) – 4 pieces
• Tomatoes (chopped) – 4 pieces
• Garlic cloves (minced) – 4 pieces

Guide

First of all cut the fish into small even pieces. The number of pieces you cut depends upon the size of the fish. Take a nonstick frying pan and put about ½ a tablespoon of oil into it. Place the pieces of fish into the frying pan and add some salt & pepper to it. Cook the fish for about 2 minutes per side to cook it evenly. Now transfer the fish into another plate.

Set the temperature of your oven to 300-350 degrees. Take the frying pan and add some oil again into it. Add onions with salt & pepper into the frying pan. Cook them for about 5 minutes then add carrots, tomatoes and garlic along with more salt & pepper and keep on cooking for about 10 minutes or so.

Take a baking dish and cover it with aluminum foil. Place a thin layer of vegetables into the dish. Now place one layer of fish over the vegetables and keep adding alternating layers of both fish and vegetables that you had prepared earlier. Spread some yogurt over the vegetables and place the dish covered with aluminum foil into the oven to bake for about 35-40 minutes.

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