River Currents

by Free Speech on February 3, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

by Gary Engberg

©2009 Gary Engberg Outdoors

This past weekend with temperatures above freezing and the sun shining brightly local residents were out in mass at the Crystal Lake Fisheree. The annual event had over 275 participants according to Dave Haack, one of the local organizers. Schoepp’s Cottonwood Club was the site of this event which was put on by owner, Dave Frosch. Dave did a wonderful job in putting this ice fishing extravaganza together with great prizes, raffles, and good food and refreshments. Any monies raised will be put to good use in many ways that all will benefit the general public. There’s always fish to be stocked, children’s fishing events, and the on-going flooding and rising water at Crystal Lake.

The number of local fisheree’s has declined with the loss of water at both LeLand Pond and Lake Delton where winter fisherees were always held in the past. The Madison lakes don’t have any winter fishing events for the general public and the closest events are at Lake Redstone, Avoca Lake, and Yellowstone Lake. Check my website for up and coming events which are regularly posted. If I find information on more ice fishing events, I’ll be sure to list them at www.garyengbergoutdoors.com.

The Crystal Lake Fisheree was both well-attended and enjoyed by all.

The Crystal Lake Fisheree was both well-attended and enjoyed by all.

Last week, I mentioned that the fishing on Crystal Lake had been good with both bluegills and largemouth bass being active. There also were some perch, crappies, and northern pike caught on Saturday, but bluegills were the most cooperative species of fish. The action slowed down last week when the weather got cold again after a few nice days. But, I thought that with the forecast of an above normal temperatures and sun would get the fish biting on Saturday. According to many of the ice anglers that I saw, the action was sporadic for some and tough for others. The important thing was that people were outdoors on a beautiful winter day and having loads of fun!
There were prizes for the largest bass, the largest northern pike, and the heaviest 5 bluegills, crappies, or perch. I didn’t get the winners names, but I’ll try to find them. The biggest bass was over 4 pounds, the largest pike was 30+ inches, and the heaviest stringer of bluegills weighed in at about 2 ½ pounds.
Besides, the large number of participants there were friends, family, and people sick of winter and trying to escape the “cabin fever” which had struck many Wisconsinites. Since driving vehicles is now legal on Crystal Lake, the lake and its 20+ inches of ice was packed with trucks, snowmobiles, ATV’s, ice fishing shanties, and many anglers sitting on their five gallon pails soaking up the winter sun. The Crystal Lake Fisheree was definitely a “happening” this weekend.

This coming Friday, February 6, the 2009 National Pheasant Fest opens at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center and runs through Sunday, February 8, 2009. The doors will be open on Friday from 1-9 p.m., Saturday from 9-6 p.m., and Sunday from 10-5 p.m. This event is put on by the conservation group, Pheasants Forever, and is one of the premier shows for the pheasant and upland game hunter in the country. Last year’s show in Minneapolis drew over 30,000 people and officials are hoping for a big crowd in the capital city.

This coming Friday, February 6, the 2009 National Pheasant Fest opens at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center and runs through Sunday, February 8, 2009.

This coming Friday, February 6, the 2009 National Pheasant Fest opens at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center and runs through Sunday, February 8, 2009.

The Fest will have over 400 consumer booths with manufacture representatives from all major outdoor companies. There will be free prizes and drawings, wildlife habitat workshops, seminars and expert speakers, and all breeds of hunting dogs. Wisconsin is home to 30 Pheasants Forever chapters with over 7,300 members. Since the inception of the organization in 1982, the Wisconsin chapters have completed 15,800 habitat projects which benefit over 113,000 acres for Wisconsin wildlife. Pheasants Forever are committed to putting on the Country’s number one event for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.
The Pheasant Fest show floor will feature the leading companies and products in the outdoor world and they’ve also put together a full weekend that goes well beyond the “typical” outdoor tradeshow. There will be the Renewable Energy and Wildlife Habitat Forum presented by Alliant Energy which highlights Pheasant’s Forever’s drive to find ways for conservation to succeed in an ever-changing world. The Youth Village will have a variety of interactive and fun activities for the young, and makes the event something for the entire family to enjoy. The weekend’s most popular event will be back, the Bird Dog Bonanza with almost 30 different breeds on site with their breeders.
If any of you readers are interested in attending this event, I have a few extra tickets for Pheasant Fest. You may go to my website or email me at gengberg@garyengbergoutdoors.com if interested.

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1 Doug February 5, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Thanks, Gary. See you at Pheasant Fest.

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