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2/19/16 @ 11:00 AM
Waxing Gibbous
31° - 35° F
Doug Stange's Evil Twin
User since 9/25/15
Fished the French Island sloughs yesterday. Got a dozen or so small gills and 3 real nice ones, and one nice perch. Had to downsize to get bites, very light. Best action in 11 feet of water.

Good luck this weekend-

Doug Stange's Evil Twin

2/19/16 @ 10:07 AM
Paul Smith
User since 2/4/16
Hello Lake-Linkers, Paul Smith here at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Happy to report the efforts to restore the public's legal right to cross railroad tracks have had success in the Assembly. The Assembly passed AB 876 in the wee hours by a 59-43 vote.

Now it moves to the Senate, which has not held a hearing on its version of the bill, SB 734. It's been assigned to Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, chaired by Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and co-chaired by Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield). The other members of the committee are Senators Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), Fred Risser )D-Madison) and Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee).

Send these folks an email, especially Wanggaard and Vukmir, and urge them to hold a hearing on the bill.

The vote in the Assembly showed some bipartisan support and hopefully enough Legislators are aware of the good that this bill does, basically resetting state law the way it used to be and allowing better access to public property without compromising public safety.

At this point, there are four main steps left for the bill to get passed: Have a hearing in the Senate committee, get approved by the Senate committee, get approved by the full Senate and get signed into law by the governor.

Thanks and good fishing to you.


For your information, listed below is a press release sent out early this morning from the office of bill author Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby):

Railroad Crossing Bill Moves Ahead MADISON – Representative Lee Nerison, R-Westby, is pleased to report that the Wisconsin State Assembly passed on a bipartisan 59-34 vote his bill which allows pedestrians to walk directly across a clear stretch of railroad track or a railroad right-of-way without facing a fine for trespassing. Nerison authored Assembly Bill 876 in response to citizen concerns that strict enforcement of railroad trespass laws by BNSF would put hundreds of miles of Mississippi River shoreline off limits to hunters, anglers, trappers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  In addition, Nerison points out that over 100 DNR properties are crossed by railroad tracks, effectively restricting access to public recreational areas throughout our state. He is concerned about a loss of tourism dollars and the discouragement of successive generations of outdoor enthusiasts if they must own land in order to develop their passion. “Wisconsin is fortunate to have significant, unique natural areas and public properties. For over 150 years, it was legal to cross a railroad track to enjoy them.  That action became illegal in 2005 and it’s time to change the law back to what it was,” Nerison said. Now that the bill has passed the State Assembly, it moves to the State Senate for consideration.  Should it pass the Senate, Governor Walker must sign the bill for it to become law. “I know that taking on the railroad companies is an uphill battle.  But we’ve moved down the tracks, so to speak, in getting this through the Assembly.  I thank everyone for the hard work and support and it’s time to focus on the Senate and Governor to get this sensible bill to become law,” Nerison said.

2/19/16 @ 8:40 AM
Waxing Gibbous
User since 1/23/15
Happy Friday everyone! Did really well the other weekend. Hopefully this warm weather gets them turned on once again.

2/9/16 @ 9:59 PM
User since 6/24/02
FYI The hearing has been moved to room 328 NW - 9:15am. Here is a link to the Legislature schedule.

The Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety is who is holding the hearing for AB 876.

2/8/16 @ 6:23 PM
Mark Clements
User since 3/29/04
Madison area fishermen and sportsmen...we got what we wanted, a hearing on the bill to cross the railroad tracks in Wisconsin(LRB 2303). If it is humanly possible, please attend this hearing or at the very least go there and sign up before you go to work. Support these Representatives and Senators who are trying to help us. You know that the railroad is going to be there...if you know anyone in that area and you think they would attend...send this or share this with them...please. It is at 9:00 a.m. in room 400NE on this THURSDAY. Please pass this around.

Also please call our local Senator and let her know this is important to us! Senator Shilling 608-266-5490 or Representative Doyle 608266-0631.

Clements Fishing Barge
(608) 689-2800
1/25/16 @ 3:19 PM
User since 10/20/05
Someone left a tipup out off the beach over the weekend, after it sat there all day with a flag up on Sunday I chipped it out of the ice. PM to identify if you want it back.

1/15/16 @ 7:08 PM
User since 10/20/05
Found a name tag holder from a hub out off airport beach. Being as there was no name tag I'm guessing you don't use it, but if you want it back let me know next time you're going to be out there and I'll bring it by.

6/23/15 @ 12:09 PM
Waxing Crescent
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
User since 1/29/15
Took my son and father out last Thursday and was able to find a few nice crappies on the black river above I90. Trolling 3/16 jig heads and twisters. Found them between 15-25 feet of water. Best part was being out fished by my little man.

6/19/15 @ 12:17 AM
User since 5/5/06
Cronk its the boat ramp farther north or the wayside. Hopefully the construction is done we had to detour north turn around and go all the way south into Dresbach then back north to get to ramp. Might want to call Capt Tom to check on construction also don't use emergency turn around troopers are just waiting I was parked on side of road with turn signal on by turn around I thought was the turn (pre construction) and trooper came roaring up and advised me it like 256 dollar fine. This was a couple months ago so hope its nearing completion.

6/18/15 @ 6:31 PM
User since 4/18/12
Hey guys. I never made it down this spring but will be down sunday. I noticed there are 2 landing right below the dam, which one do you pick up the ride over to the float?

is it the one right hind the wall/lock or the one just down from there?

Thanks Cronk

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