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.

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.

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