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Course Teaches Scientific Fishing Techniques

Registration is now open for a four-day fishing course designed for people who want to gain a greater appreciation of aquatic resources around them, and improve their ability to catch fish.

“Scientific Fishing Tactics and Techniques – Walleye and Musky” is celebrating its 22nd year of offering quality fishing instruction to sport anglers. Two sessions for the course are being offered: June 13 through 16 and June 20 through 23 at the Kemp Natural Resources Center on Lake Tomahawk in Oneida County.

The course is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Natural Resources. DNR employees Tom Sheffy and Jack Sullivan team up with DNR fisheries management personnel and local guides to teach the class. Instructors explain the ecology, limnology and hydrographic reasons why fish are where they are and when and how fish react under various conditions. Students will hear about the latest scientific information on fish behavior, seasonal and daily movement patterns, predator/prey relationships and facts about conserving the fishery resource. The course concentrates on walleye and musky.

“The course is designed for serious anglers. Each pair of anglers enrolled is expected to provide their own full set of equipment including boat, motor, tackle, license, and other equipment,” Sheffy said.

Those attending the course will leave with the know-how and confidence to analyze a wide variety of fishing lakes across the state. Anglers will put in 16-hour days filled with lectures, demonstrations, and morning and evening fishing trips on Lake Tomahawk.

Each session is limited to 10 boats and a total of 20 anglers. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis with preference to those who register in pairs. The fee for the four-day course is $350 per person, which includes instruction, lodging and meals. To register, call (608) 263-1672 or write to CALS Outreach Services, 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Sheffy – (608) 267-7648.