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SUPERIOR, Wis.—Wisconsin's 2018 inland fishing season opens Saturday, May 5, following a cold and snowy April. Many lakes in northern Wisconsin remain ice-covered. "Most people don't think there will be anything going on unless we get some good rain and a lot of sun," said Steve Dinda of the Bait Box in Superior. "All the ice — it's just amazing. They'll have to wait, I guess. The next-best thing will be the St. Louis River (opening May 12)." Waters in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin are open, said Wisconsin DNR fisheries Fisheries Director Justine Hasz.
The temperature was struggling to rise above zero at mid-morning on a recent Thursday. A sharp wind whistled down from the north.
The shadowy forms ghost through the forest almost like a procession of deer. They travel in single-file, rolling through a dense snowfall coming down in flakes the size of Wheaties.
Justin Bailey of Keewatin was hunting ruffed grouse near Isabella on Tuesday morning when a wolf chased his hunting dog out of the woods. "He was coming at me 100 miles per hour, and right behind him was a wolf, biting at his heels," said Bailey, 33. "They probably passed 5 or 6 feet from us." Bailey was standing at the edge of the road with his son, Andrew Bailey, 3, and his nephew, Brock Bjelland, 5, of Marble, whom he had brought along for the day of hunting.
DULUTH, Minn. — Grouse hunters have been finding fair numbers of birds so far this fall, and woodcock are plentiful, according to several reports from the field. As birds disperse from family groups and as more leaves fall, hunters are likely to have better luck. Grouse seasons opened Sept. 17 in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and woodcock seasons opened a week later.
Northern Minnesota mountain bikers might soon have another substantial chunk of backcountry dirt to ride on the North Shore. Lake County officials are planning a 50-mile trail network on 6,500 acres of tax-forfeited county land between the Split Rock River and Beaver Bay, said Nate Eide, Lake County land commissioner “With what’s going on around us (in mountain biking), the Lake Superior basin is exploding, and there’s huge potential,” Eide said.
It’s hard to guess what time Jeremy Spurlin and Joe Skerjance woke up Wednesday morning. The anglers live in Aurora, and by 5 a.m. they were casting spoons into Lake Superior at the Two Harbors breakwall on Agate Bay. Along with a dozen and a half other anglers, they were tossing flashy spoons into a blue-green chop on Lake Superior hoping to catch a few coho salmon.
Every fall, residents in the Knife River valley northeast of Duluth see the helicopter. It flies low over their land. Some of them wonder why a helicopter would be flying so close to the ground and so slowly. They might wonder if it's on some military mission, sniffing out potential trouble perhaps. But that isn't the case.