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Column: Kevin Naze

  • Wild Things: Get the Lead Out

    Fishing-tournament pros disqualified by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Anyone with a finger on the pulse of fishing has likely heard about, seen video of, or read about the professional anglers who were allegedly caught lead-handed with fishing weights stuffed into the bellies of walleyes during a recent high-stakes Lake Erie tournament. Considering that […]

  • Wild Things: ATV, Boating Accidents on the Rise

    2021 has been a deadly year on the land and in the water in Wisconsin by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Eighty-five people died in Wisconsin recreational vehicle accidents last year – more than were accidentally shot and killed while hunting during the past 40 seasons combined.  Last year alone, 34 people died in All-Terrain […]

  • Wild Things: Controversial ‘Pre-Pup’ Wolf Count Coming

    The numbers may be revealed during the Sept. 28 NRB meeting by KEVIN NAZE, Peninsula Pulse contributor, [email protected] Don’t be surprised if wolf-management opponents are howling during the Sept. 28 state Natural Resources Board meeting in Ashland. In an agenda that’s heavy with air-quality, waste-management and water issues, the most press will likely come after […]

  • Wild Things: Wisconsin Weighing Stocking Options

    Michigan proposes 54% increase in Chinooks  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] A proposed 54% increase in Chinook (king) salmon stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) next spring has Great Lakes anglers talking this week. Although it’s not final, the MDNR’s plan to stock 1 million kings a year follows decades of stocking cuts […]

  • Wild Things: Hunt Is On for Opening-day Spots

    Whitetails top target as seasons begin Sept. 17 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] If you don’t own or lease hunting land, there’s a good chance you’ll be one of many hunters who are competing for a prime spot to take a stand this season.  Even though the percentage of public land on the peninsula is much […]

  • Wild Things: Salmon Schooling for Spawning Run

    Peak still weeks away, but early catches are best by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] It’s hard to believe we’re only a month away from the annual salmon-egg harvest at Strawberry Creek. Four weeks is a long time, but death-run Chinooks are already beginning to stage out in Lake Michigan. A few early runners might even check […]

  • Wild Things: First Hunting Seasons Knocking on the Door

    There’s still time for beginners to get started by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Wisconsin hunters who like their fast food on the wild side can begin the quest for frequent fliers Sept. 1: the opening day of the early goose, teal and mourning dove seasons. Migratory birds attract a small percentage of the state’s 800,000 or […]

  • Wild Things: Fish Dismissed: Jury’s Still Out on Whether New Record Will Stand

    Wisconsin pinook mark topped for second time in 10 days by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] The verdict is in: Wisconsin’s newest state-record salmon was a case so unusual it needed a lawyer present.  Without objection, Minneapolis attorney Mark Sondreal found himself answering questions Monday night after the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified his 29.5-inch, 12.46-pound […]

  • Wild Things: Angler’s First Salmon Is State Record

    Lake Michigan catch is a Chinook x pink salmon cross by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Two potential state-record salmon were caught fewer than 24 hours apart at Sturgeon Bay and Algoma last weekend. The first – what was confirmed as a new Wisconsin-record pinook (natural pink x Chinook cross) – was reeled in by Miroslav Cigler of […]

  • Wild Things: Angler Reels In Heaviest Salmon in Nearly 30 Years

    44 inches, 40.40 pounds on Algoma charter by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Brian Sollars of East Bethel, Minnesota, found out why Lake Michigan is Wisconsin’s most-targeted body of water July 31 aboard Midnight, an Algoma-based charter-fishing boat. Sollars’ first fish that day escaped, but a second chance produced a 44-inch, 40.40-pound Chinook salmon – thought to […]

  • Wild Things: Kewaunee Fish Tops Record Field in K/D Salmon Tourney

    Next Up, Trout Derby and Shanty Days Contest by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] In his 40 years as president of the committee that runs the Kewaunee/Door (K/D) County Salmon Tournament, Jerry MacMillin of Sturgeon Bay has seen and heard it all. Big fish spooling an entire reel? Uh huh. Would-be prizewinners straightening hooks or breaking lines? […]

  • Wild Things: Door Dominates Early Results

    Baileys Harbor is the hottest spot in the K/D Salmon Tourney by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Four 30-pound-plus salmon were already on the board through the first four and a half days of the Kewaunee/Door (K/D) County Salmon Tournament, which runs through 12 pm on Sunday. At the time of this writing, 23 of the top […]

  • Wild Things: It’s Salmon Tournament Time

    A salmon tournament that hooked hundreds of anglers during its first run 40 years ago now lures more than 3,000 entrants – something its early promoters never envisioned. “It has grown and grown and grown,” said Tom MacMillin, who, along with his brother Jerry, were running Mac’s Sport Shop in Sturgeon Bay in 1983, the […]

  • Wild Things: Green Bay Perch Fishing Heats Up

    Jumbo yellow-bellies hooked off Door County by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Continuing right where it left off last fall, the yellow perch fishery in the waters of Green Bay off of Door County is producing some excellent catches. Lance LaVine at Howie’s Tackle & Archery in Sturgeon Bay said perch fishing has been so good that […]

  • Wild Things: It’s Showtime for Salmon, Steelhead

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Peninsula hosts the state’s best action Six months into the 2022 fishing season, it’s finally go-time for anglers hoping to tangle with some of the most prized species in the Great Lakes.  Chinook salmon (kings) and rainbow trout (steelhead) were slow to wake up this year, but with water temperatures finally […]

  • Wild Things: A Great Lakes Cool Down Is Season’s Biggest Surprise

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Making predictions is always risky business. Take last fall, for example. Water temperatures on the Great Lakes were much warmer than usual, and a mild start to the winter had many anglers thinking there would be a very fast start to the 2022 Lake Michigan fishing season. Then came one of […]

  • Wild Things: ‘Asian’ Carp to Be Rebranded

    If people take the bait, more will hit the plate A little more than a year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) quietly changed its designation for four species of Asian carp to “invasive carp,” the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will unveil a completely new name next week. After making the soft […]

  • Wild Things: You Don’t Need a Boat to Cash In on Area Fishing Opportunities

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Anglers hoping to score some fillets for a meal of fresh fish have a wide variety of options up and down the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula.  In addition to miles of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shoreline, there are at least a dozen inland lakes, rivers and creeks that offer opportunities to […]

  • Wild Things: Get Your Fish On

    School’s not out for finned targets by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] June’s arrival is a welcome turning point to what has often been a cold, windy spring. Warmer air and sunshine will lure spawning panfish into the shallows, where they’ll join bass that are already sitting on beds. Look in fewer than three feet of water […]

  • Wild Things: Set Your Sights on a Safe Weekend

    Properly fitting life jackets are boating essentials by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Door County’s fish-filled waters have already been packed with boats this spring, but things are about to get a whole lot busier.  Many consider Memorial Day weekend to be the unofficial start to summer and the recreational boating season, and as more boaters take […]