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Wisconsin – Free Fishing Weekend: June 1 – 2, 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Yes, it’s true over the weekend of June 1st through the 2nd you can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. Naturally, since we are a Wisconsin (and Michigan) vacation property real estate company we are encouraging people to head up north, look at a lake lot, lake access property, river acreage, river access land or wooded stream property that is for sale, and try out the fishing. You might land the big property deal at the same time you hook a trophy catch.

Here’s the Wisconsin DNR summary:

“Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun.”

Here’s the direct link to the Wisconsin DNR Free Fishing Weekend Web Page.

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Governor Thompson Wisconsin State Park – Update

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Although Wisconsin’s newest state park isn’t yet open to camping, there are many reasons to stop in and see what progress has been made since Loon Lake’s first posting about the park in 2008.  *Please note that a Wisconsin State Park sticker or entry fee is required.

Governor Tommy Thompson State Park Welcome Sign

More photos, directions and map after the break.


Wisconsin Fishing Season 2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May, May 7th during 2011. Hook and line fishing for many species of fish on many Wisconsin waters begins the first Saturday in May. However, to better manage Wisconsin fisheries, season dates are often specific to the species of fish as well as the water body.

Here’s the link to the Wisconsin DNR 2011 Fishing Season Web Pages. Have a fun and safe time on enjoying Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Menominee River Fishing

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Northeast Wisconsin’s Menominee River is home to a diverse and robust fishery, including Walleye, Northern Pike and Sturgeon,  but when you’re fishing with Mike Mladenik the big attraction is Smallmouth Bass.  Here’s a recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Outdoors section on  Menominee River Smallmouth

Menominee River Fishing

Menominee River Fishing

Manistee River – Michigan Fly Fishing

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Well before Ernest Hemingway popularized Michigan’s rivers and streams as settings and backdrops for his early short stories, Michigan was known as a trout fishing paradise.  However, there is more to Michigan than just the Big Two-Hearted River.  Other famous Michigan rivers and streams include Bear Creek, the Little Manistee River, the Pine River, the Boardman River, the Au Sable River and the Pere Marquette.  This list wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Manistee River.

Located in the western lower peninsula of northern Michigan, the Manistee River offers over two hundred thirty miles of the finest steelhead, salmon and trout fishing that can be found anywhere in the lower forty eight states.  Who better to offer insight and knowledge about the Big Manistee than someone who makes their living by offering fly fishing guide services?  Schmidt Outfitters has an excellent article about the Manistee River on their website:  Manistee River – Michigan Fly Fishing

Michigan Fly Fishing

Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Recreation Facts

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Just for fun, here are some interesting recreation facts about Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers.

Northeast Wisconsin Lakes Recreation

Wisconsin Fish & Fishing

  • Wisconsin lakes and rivers are habitat to 159 fish species in 27 families.

  • 145 of these species are native to the state; 14 are introduced non-native species.


Marinette County & Crivitz – Home to Wisconsin’s Newest State Park

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Governor Thompson State Park

The 2,600-acre Governor Tommy G. Thompson Centennial State Park is 15 miles northwest of Crivitz in Marinette County. The site protects 5,300 feet of shoreline on Wood and Huber Lakes and protects Handsaw Creek and Woods Outlet, both excellent brook and brown trout waters. The main parcel creating the park is the former 1,987-acre Paust Woods Lake Resort and about 200 acres of wild-looking lakefront bought from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation on Caldron Falls Reservoir.

Governor Thompson State Park Map


Wisconsin Fishing – Lakes vs Rivers

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Wisconsin Lake FishMenominee River Fish

There are many realtors that post images of fish caught out of the lake or river from where they have property listed.  The Sunfish (above left) is from a nice, but expensive lake property.  The Bass (above right) is from the Menominee River.  For exciting, fun fishing I’ll take the Menominee River over any Wisconsin lake any day.

If you’re interested in guided fishing on the Menominee River here are a couple of good choices:  Tight Lines Fly Fishing & Mike Mladenik – Crivitz