Fish from the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes are now safer to eat than they were a few years ago. That’s one of the findings of the DNR’s annual review of fish consumption advisories.
The agency also says Lake Michigan brown trout are now deemed safe to eat once a month.
Meanwhile some other waters now have more stringent fish consumption advisories. For example Virgin Lake in Oneida County has a new exception…that discourages people from eating walleye over 22 inches.
Deer hunting season will be buck-only this fall for many northern counties.
The state Natural Resources Board has approved DNR staff recommendations for a zero quota antlerless deer hunt in 19 counties and four tribal reservations. State officials say the restrictions are necessary to let population levels in the northern forest recover…after a harsh winter took its toll on the deer herd.
Heading into the second weekend of fishing season, conditions look slightly more favorable than they did for the opener.
Mel’s Trading Post Owner Mitch Mode says more and more lakes are opening up.
“Well things are looking better, we’ve had some warm weather this week, we’ve had some rain. Rain certainly helps break up the ice. Warm weather starts to drive the water temperature up, and everything comes around water temperature.”
That temperature affects fish spawning cycles, and that affects what fish do and where they can be found.
The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking. State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.
It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals. Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why.