Evinrude launches new 3-cylinder E-TEC models

Evinrude, based in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, has announced the expansion of its E-TEC G2 product line to include 115 H.O., 140HP and 150HP models.

The new models house a direct injection, inline, three-cylinder powerhead delivering quiet operation. With more torque and fuel efficiency at lower RPMs than comparable four-stroke engines, the new E-TEC G2 models give boaters extended cruising capabilities and more power. In addition, all E-TEC G2 engines are worldwide emissions compliant and are user-friendly, with no break-in period, no dealer-scheduled maintenance for five-years or 500 hours, five-year factory backed service coverage and no engine oil changes, ever.

Evinrude packs technology such as digital shift and throttle, iTrim control system, digital instrumentation, custom color panels and optional iSteer dynamic power steering into outboards from 115 H.O. to 300 horsepower. All E-TEC G2 engines give owners the option of white or slate gray frame and two new propellers. The 115 H.O. and 140 models are available with premium controls and gauges, a tiller option featuring touch troll and trim switches, LEDs for basic diagnostics and an NMEA 2000 connection for integration with external gauges and accessories.

For more information, visit www.evinrude.com.

FROM THE DNR

DNR helping anglers increase survival of released fish

Anglers release fish for a variety of reasons and additional resources for anglers can help increase survival chances for those fish.

During the past six months, the DNR, Natural Resources Board, Department of Tourism, Walleyes for Tomorrow, Conservation Congress, Muskies Inc., BASS Nation and Trout Unlimited formed a Responsible Catch and Release Team to develop education and outreach tools to help anglers responsibly release their catches.

For more information, search “responsible catch and release” on the DNR website.

DNR completes strategic analysis of aquatic plant management

The DNR has completed a strategic analysis of aquatic plant management (APM) in Wisconsin, summarizing current information on APM and potential management alternatives. The strategic analysis report will help inform the decision makers and the public about this topic and aid in the development of future APM policy.

While aquatic plants are a critical part of the state’s freshwater environment and serve many valuable functions, they can become overabundant and interfere with water recreation and other uses of lakes, rivers and ponds. The DNR has not updated some rules governing APM in more than 30 years, complicating the ability to manage aquatic plants effectively.

The DNR has revised a draft report released for public review and comment last December to reflect comments and suggestions that it received.

For more information, search “aquatic plant management” and “APM strategic analysis” on the DNR website.

Plant milkweed and native flowers now to help monarchs

Monarch butterflies have arrived in Wisconsin after a 1,000-mile journey from the southern U.S. and are looking to lay their eggs on milkweed. A coalition dedicated to conserving monarchs is asking residents to provide more butterfly habitat for this summer and in coming years.

The Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative is working to help reverse a more than 80-percent decline over the last two decades of the eastern U.S. monarch population that breeds in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.

The group says the most effective way is to plant native milkweed. Milkweed is the only food monarch caterpillars will eat and a limiting factor in the butterfly population.

The group recently released its Wisconsin Monarch Conservation Strategy containing voluntary goals that individuals, agencies and partners can use to help support Wisconsin monarch populations.

“Wisconsin’s goal is to add 120 million new milkweed stems by 2038,” says DNR conservation biologist Brenna Jones, “which will take the help of every person, organization and agency.”

“Adult monarchs need nectar plants on which to feed, so fill gardens with native Wisconsin species to provide nectar for monarchs from spring to fall. Monarchs produced in late summer need to fuel up on nectar for their fall journey to Mexico where they will spend the winter resting in fir trees in the mountains.”

Wisconsin is in the core breeding ground for the eastern migratory population of monarchs. Wisconsin’s milkweed feeds and produces several generations of the butterflies each spring and summer before they gorge on wildflower nectar and embark on their more than 2,000-mile journey to central Mexico.

These same long-distance fliers migrate north in spring, getting as far as Texas before laying eggs and dying. It is mostly this generation that reaches Wisconsin in the spring to lay eggs and continue the cycle.

Outdoor Report

In Flambeau River State Forest, drive safely and be aware of elk calves and deer fawns. Spring flowers finished blooming and summer flowers are starting. Buttercups, oxeye daisy, orange hawkweed and lady slippers are all popping out. Turtles are digging holes in dirt, sand, or gravel and laying eggs. Stop at headquarters for maps of the hunter walking trails – and come prepared with bug repellant and appropriate clothing! Campers can reserve campsites at Lake of the Pines and Connors Lake campgrounds by visiting www.wisconsin.goingtocamp.com or calling (888) 947-2757. Stop at the office for reservations and walk-ins to check into your site and purchase vehicle stickers. The Forest maintains 14 river sites, with up to three camping units at each site, which include a picnic table, fire ring and toilet facilities. The sites are free, but accessible only by watercraft. For more information, call (715) 332-5271.

FISHING REPORTS

Happy Hooker (Pat): Quiet Lakes. Musky anglers throwing various lures report follows, but few hook-ups, catching mostly smaller fish. Walleye anglers are finding success with live bait under slip bobbers and slow trolling smaller spinner harnesses in 8-12 feet on transitions between weeds and drop-offs. The most productive hours are from late evening into dark. Northern pike are shallow and on weedline transitions. Use spinnerbaits, swimbaits and live bait. Largemouth bass are shallow, on or around spawning beds and weedline transitions. Use spinnerbaits, swimbaits, wacky worms and live bait. Smallmouth bass are in rock and gravel areas, with anglers catching fish on crank and creature baits. Panfish offer great bites in and around spawning grounds. Post-spawn crappies are still in 4-6 feet, with crappie minnows under bobbers and artificial baits best. Bluegills are spawning in shallow weed and sand areas. Remember their importance when keeping a few for the table.

Hayward Bait (Erik): Musky anglers should look for new weed growth and the warmest water. Bucktails work, but glide and rubber baits and slow topwaters offer the magic touch. Walleye anglers report success on deep weeds with leeches on slip bobbers and plastics. For walleyes around rocks, jig plastics or minnows, or use leeches on slip bobbers. Northern pike anglers are catching fish off cabbage weeds with spinnerbaits, spoons and paddle-tail swim baits. Largemouth bass are on shallow weed beds. Plastics such as Senkos, Ned rigs and jigs and pigs do the job. Smallmouth bass anglers should target shallow rock on transition lines. Start deep and work shallow, as smallmouth feed in various depths. Use plastics such as swim baits and wacky rigs. Cover water effectively to find active fish. Crappies should not be far from new weeds, around and in with bluegills that are on those shallow new weed beds.

Minnow Jim’s (Jim): Nelson Lake. Shorelines and weedlines are good for walleye early in the morning and as late as you can stand the mosquitoes. Use leeches or fatheads under bobbers/lighted bobbers, or cast shallow running stickbaits and Beetle Spins. Northern pike fishing is good on surface baits, with the more noise and splash the better. For largemouth bass, use soft plastics, frogs, swim jigs and spoons. Panfish have scattered. Work areas with structure such as bogs, cribs, stumps and brush/fish sticks with minnows, panfish leeches and scented baits on slip bobbers or vertical jigging.

Jenk’s (Mike): Chippewa Flowage. There was a report of a bug hatch Friday so fishing might seem unusually slow. Musky action remains constant, with Crane baits and other shallow crankbaits outperforming other baits. If surface water temperatures climb this week, muskies will go deeper and trolling Mattlocks, Jakes and Grandmas will be very effective. Walleye fishing slowed a bit on the Flowage, but picked up on Round Lake. Minnows, leeches and crawlers are popular, but also try trolling Flicker Shads during the day. Northern pike are still active on the west side, with Tinsel Tail spinnerbaits hot on weed beds and other areas with good cover. Smallmouth bass are in shallow wood and stumps and spinnerbaits, plastics, frogs and crawlers are all good baits. Crappie anglers report crappies are starting to hit by the bogs, with some catching many keepers. Crappie minnows, Gulp! baits and Mini-Mites are all strong choices.

The Wolter Report (Max Wolter, DNR fisheries biologist, Hayward): Seeing a fish stocking truck back up to a lake landing to deliver walleye, musky, trout, or other species is a happy sight for anglers, but stocking fish was not always by truck. Trains played a big role in early fish stocking, efforts that started in earnest in the second half of the 19th century, with fish transported in milk cans. An attendant often rode in the train car to tend the fish, aerating the water with a ladle. Stocking evolved with the invention of “fish cars,” railroad cars specially outfitted to transport fish and enabling the transportation of more fish over greater distances — the U.S. Fisheries Commission transported fish by rail from coast to coast. In 1893, Wisconsin decided it needed its own fish car, in part to transport fish to the Chicago World’s Fair that year, and purchased and commissioned “Badger No. 1” for $5,000. In 1912, it purchased a second fish car, “Badger No. 2,” which is still on display in North Freedom, Wisconsin. Not long after, the state started experimenting with stocking fish out of automobiles, which hauled fewer fish, but delivered them directly to the lakes. Stocking by rail, phased out in the 1930s, left behind a fascinating period of fisheries innovation that came and went with the rise and fall of rail travel.

For comments, questions and suggestions, email ssuman@sawyercountyrecord.net.

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