Fishing & Boating in the Northwoods

Boat Insurance

Fishing boat covered & ready for travel

Even if your state does not require boat insurance, it is still a wise investment. The cost of boat insurance is relatively low compared to the potential cost of repairs or legal fees if you are involved in an accident. Without boat insurance, you could be forced to pay for all of the damages out […]

Green County & Huber Brewery

Green County courthouse in Monroe, WI

I have read that: “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish… and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” And while I don’t necessarily agree with that philosophy, I certainly do enjoy a cold brew as much as the next […]

Mesquite-Grilled Margarita Northern Pike Recipe

Northern pike made margarita-style

Northern Pike will lend themselves well to being prepared in a variety of ways. This is especially true if they are fresh. But even after lengthy freezing, they will still maintain a very good flavor if rinsed well before freezing, and then soaked in a mixture of egg and milk for a few hours prior […]

Mars Resort & Bar – Lake Geneva WI

mars resort entrance

Sometimes, a short excursion is better than no excursion at all. And so, at the end of a very long week, Heidi and I decided to head a short distance north to one of our favorite dinner venues: a small restaurant on the shores of Lake Como (just north of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin). It’s called […]

Fish Cakes Recipe

Kab Cakes in pan

This fish cakes recipe is a great way to use any single fish or combination of fish. We’ve actually dubbed this recipe “Kab” Cakes since they were first made with fresh fish from Lake Kabetogama, in MN. They are very similar to crab cakes but make use of freshwater fish instead of crab. The cakes […]

Horseradish-Encrusted Whitefish Recipe

horseradish encrusted whitefish plated

I once asked the chef at a very exquisite fine-dining restaurant if he would share with me his recipe for Horseradish-Encrusted Whitefish. It was an awesome dish, but a recipe that I had assumed would be quite difficult to replicate. Surprisingly, it was not! (This page may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn […]

Lightning: A Serious Hazard While Fishing

Lightning Bolts in the Sky

It is really difficult to know exactly where to start when talking about lightning; there is so much known and written about it. For starters, a thunderstorm can be defined as any storm that contains lightning and thunder. And at any given moment, there are about 1800 thunderstorms of various intensities occurring around the earth […]

How to Make Your Own Lindy Rigs

tying a lindy rig

When I first went walleye fishing on Lake Kabetogama in 1972, I quickly learned that the method used there to fish was quite different from what I had previously known. The resort owner told us that we needed to “use a heavy sinker above the snap swivel and bump the bottom with a long leader”. […]

Mayfly Secrets for Walleye Anglers

Spent mayflies on the lake surface

Who cares about mayflies? Fish do. The pesky critter in question is from the class Insecta and goes by the scientific order name of Ephemeroptera. Beyond that, it gets confusing. However, the first part of the word comes from the Greek word ephemeros, which means “lasting for a remarkably brief period of time.” The second […]

Zephyr Dinner Train – Stillwater MN

Stillwater MN Depot

It’s pretty easy to fall into the same old “flowers and chocolate” trap for Valentine’s Day. This year, I decided to look for something different, something unique. Perhaps a “yeah, that’s it, a romantic getaway!” But where to go was the big question. This needed to be something very special, and not so close by. […]