2013-04-18 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, it’s starting to finally look a lot like spring out there and it sure feels nice. Now if only Mother Nature does not play tricks on us again when we think the weather has made that big turn. I guess we will just wait and see.

If we were back in those “Good old days” this would be the week when you could almost always count on the smelt runs taking place. It was always said that the third week of April was the best time to plan for. But needless to say it has been years since we have seen a full-fledged smelt run but it sure would be nice to see one.

With the time of year it is and the month of April being where it is, the fishermen are starting to get fishing fever. In fact, there have been a good number of fishermen down at the river already trying their luck and catching a few fish.

The other day I watched a father and son all decked out in their fishing gear heading down to the Black Bass Hole. I don’t care how many times I see a dad taking the time to go fishing with his son that it doesn’t make my day. In this day and age we really need more and more of these father-son outdoor adventures.

I have always said (seeing I went through this with my boys and girls) dad take the time to enjoy them while they are at home because they will grow up and be gone before you know it. The day will come when all you will have is the memories of those times spent together and then you will wait at home hoping they will get back home now and then to go fishing with them again.

You want to remember too that you need a new fishing license. Then make sure you check the boat, trailer, and ORV registration before you head out.

Last week the paper carried an article of the need for more conservation officers here in our state. I would encourage any young person that loves the outdoors and is interested in having a job working outdoors to look into this opportunity. I always say when I speak at places that I had the best job in the world.

Every job no matter where you work has its ups and downs but all in all the pluses sure outweighed the minuses in the conservation field. Also, I have always said that we need more girls from the U.P. that hunted, fished, and camped with their mom and dad to know how to work and enforce the states conservation laws like they should be enforced.

So if you are at all interested, take the time to look into working as a conservation officer.

I am typing this real softly because it is something now required in the state to the south of us up here in the U.P. I see that now Wisconsin requires any new trapper to go through a trapping course per the following press release.

“MADISON – Trapper education courses are under way statewide and open for those needing this required training before doing any trapping this fall, a Department of Natural Resources furbearer ecologist says.

“These courses are popular and can fill up quickly,” said Geriann Albers, DNR assistant furbearer ecologist. “The courses are led by volunteer instructors who are experts in trapping.

However, not all counties have the trapper courses so it’s best to find the course in the county closest to you and sign up now.”

Albers says the course is required for those who have not previously held a trapping license and are not actively engaged in farming. She also recommends students be at least 10 years old.

Just more than 2,000 completed the trapper education course in 2012.

“The credit for that graduation rate goes to our many dedicated volunteer instructors and education coordinators from the Wisconsin Trappers Association who put in countless hours to keep this program top-notch,” Albers says. This course includes strong attention on trapper ethics and trapper responsibility besides the important basics of rules and regulations, traps and trap setting, history of furbearer management and biology of furbearers.

Wisconsin’s trappers, can participate in regulated trapping seasons in other states with the exception of Minnesota, Michigan, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. Oftentimes trapper education is a requirement and our Wisconsin course is recognized and accepted by others.

The trapper education course cost is $12 and pre-registration is required.”

Needless to say if this was to come along our way and you have kids you could be looking at; hunters safety, ORV safety, snowmobile safety, marine-watercraft safety, plus maybe trappers education to plan for them to attend.

I guess the logical next step would be for all these classes to be set up on this generation’s I-pad, cell phone, or Kindle type device that they would have to bring to class to open up and receive all the information from the internet. Laugh, but when this happens remember you heard it first in the Fish Report in the Pioneer Tribune.

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