Column: Kevin Naze

  • Salmon Fever Strikes as Tournament Nears

    Gorgeous colors fill the eastern skies at 5 am on Lake Michigan, and you’re sipping a cup of steaming-hot coffee to wash down a freshly baked doughnut. Or maybe the sun has just dipped below the western horizon on a sultry summer night, and you’re gripping an ice-cold can of soda. The lake is calm […]

  • Unprecedented High Water Closes Kewaunee Boat Ramps

    Lake Michigan’s record-high water levels are eroding shorelines, causing problems with docks and leading to flooding in some river systems every time there’s a significant rain event. But last week’s announcement that the public boat-launching ramps in Kewaunee would be closed beginning July 1 was a shock to hundreds of anglers and the dozens of […]

  • Hook, Line and Sinker: Fishing Success Requires Nothing Fancy

    Growing up with a fishing pole in one hand and a net in the other, I didn’t need the latest study to tell me that relaxing outdoors and being close to nature were the primary reasons why many people fished, or that folks who participate in outdoor recreation are often more satisfied with life. For […]

  • Outdoor Must-Haves, K/D Salmon Tournament, ICAST

    Summer is finally here, but “cooler by the lake” – and bay – may still bein our vocabulary for another week or two. The extended forecast showshighs only in the mid-60s to low 70s and overnight lows in the 50s, withour wet spring continuing into early summer. Although there’s no heat wave on the horizon, […]

  • Get Back in the Game with Bargain-Priced Fishing Licenses

    Fog rose like wisps of smoke off the flat-calm water, and songbirds greeted the new day with some of nature’s finest music. The old rowboat creaked and groaned with each calculated stroke of the oars, and I hand-scooped warm lake water and dripped it onto the oar sleeve in an effort to quiet the approach […]

  • Lake Michigan Water Levels Highest Many Have Seen

    If you’re age 33 or younger, you’ve never seen Green Bay and Lake Michigan water levels higher than they were last weekend. And – depending on what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds this week – there’s a chance that we could be looking at an all-time record as we head into June. Frequent […]

  • Memorial Day Weekend: Busy on the Water

    Spring is here and summer is near, but it’s still winter in the water. That’s one of the safety-related messages that the Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Coast Guard has for boaters and other recreationists as we head into a busy holiday weekend. Water has gradually been warming into the 50s in some shallow bays and […]

  • Amazing 6.5-Pound Average Biggest Ever in Bass Tourney

    A record-setting weight of 32.76 pounds for five fish on the first day of the Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament propelled a pair of guides to the winner’s circle. Door County guide Bret Alexander of Green Bay and southern Wisconsin guide Eric Haataja of West Allis averaged more than 6.55 pounds per bass, which is thought […]

  • Colorful Migrants Finally Wing Their Way to Peninsula

    Some of the most beautiful birds in North America are winging their way to and through the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula this week. The first-of-year Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds are here, and a lucky few bird watchers have seen (or may soon see) orchard orioles, indigo buntings, eastern towhees and scarlet tanagers. If […]

  • Kewaunee/Door Peninsula Again Top in Chinook Harvest

    Year in and year out, there’s no place like home when it comes to catching chinook salmon. The annual charter report and creel estimate released by the DNR show that anglers fishing the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula cranked in nearly half of the state’s entire chinook harvest in 2018. The catch of more than 84,000 was […]

  • Kewaunee/Door Top in Chinook Harvest

    Year in and year out, there’s no place like home when it comes to catching chinook salmon. The annual charter report and creel estimate released by the DNR show that anglers fishing the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula cranked in nearly half of the state’s entire chinook harvest in 2018. The catch of more than 84,000 was […]

  • 2019 Smelt Run Brings Back Memories of ‘Good Old Days’

    One of the best rainbow-smelt runs in years had seasoned smelters scrambling last week to find drop nets, dip nets and seines stored in barns, basements, garages and sheds. As the word spread by phone, sport-shop talk and social media posts, Kewaunee and Door County piers, creek mouths and bays attracted men, women and children […]

  • Full Moon Friday Is a Good Time to Reflect on Life’s Blessings

    Easter weekend is a great time to reflect on the blessings in life, a sweet-treat reminder of the power of faith, family and – dare I say it – fishing. I’ve grown up around the water, and for a few hours every Good Friday, one of my annual traditions is some one-on-one time with the […]

  • Youth Turkey Hunt a Gobbling Good Time

    Thousands of Wisconsin youths will get a head start on the spring wild-turkey hunting season this weekend. The special weekend for hunters ages 12 to 15 began in 2007, and it’s designed to give youth an opportunity to hunt without competition from adults. Youth must have drawn a spring tag or purchased a leftover permit […]

  • Anglers, DNR Work to Net Best Lake Michigan Fishing Strategy

    Planning the next three-year stocking strategy for Lake Michigan salmon and trout is underway. DNR staff are wading through data on alewife abundance, average salmon size, catch statistics and other critical fisheries information, and soon they will be seeking public input. The last plan was developed in 2017 after more than two years of input […]

  • Bay Ice Not Leaving Anytime Soon

    With continued cold nights in the 10-day forecast, Green Bay’s ice isn’t going anywhere soon. In fact, unless things heat up significantly in the coming weeks, boaters on the bay side may still be dodging ice floes during the 31st Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament April 25-28. A lot can happen between now and then, […]

  • Deer Councils’ First Shots at 2019 Hunt Plans

    Whitetails caught a break in the past week after a timely meltdown that exposed farm and country fields, allowing easier access to woodland browse. Longtime deer hunter Dick Baudhuin said there’s still a problem, though: too many whitetails for too many years have nearly eaten themselves out of house and home. “We didn’t see many […]

  • County Deer Advisory Councils Want Feedback from Local Hunters

    How many free antlerless deer tags should Door and Kewaunee County hunters get this fall? North to south, you’ll typically get different answers. Many Northern Door hunters say there are not nearly enough deer to warrant giving out any “doe tags” for free. From Sturgeon Bay south, there’s little debate that there are pockets of […]

  • Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings Allow Online Voting for the First Time

    After more than a decade of speculation, the spring fish and wildlife rules hearings will finally offer an online voting option next month. Officially known as the annual DNR fish and wildlife public hearing and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meeting, the gatherings are held the second Monday of each April across the state. Locally, […]

  • Deer, Wild Turkeys Struggle through Old-Fashioned Winter

    A brutal winter is taxing some wildlife species, and we’re not out of the woods yet. For the first time since 2013, deep snow and extended cold threaten to trim some deer and wild turkeys from the landscape. The good news: It was a fairly easy start to the winter, and most of the wild […]