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As I’ve shared in a previous post, I don’t fish. However, in the spirit of remaining open-minded, I’d like to once again ramble a bit about fishing – or to be more exact, Ice Fishing.

Here’s what I know:

  1. First, you need to make sure the ice is thick enough to support you (at least 4″ thick if it’s just you, 12″ thick for your ice shanty or snowmobile)
  2. Then, you start dressing in layers – LOTS of layers!
  3. Next, add warm, waterproof footwear (you’ll be standing on ICE, remember!)
  4. Finally, you’ll need something to cut through the ice & fishing equipment

That’s all I know.

However, there are experts across the web who speak fluent ice fishing, including those at the Wisconsin DNR. There’s also WisconsinSportsmanMag.com with a full line-up of articles including Secrets of the Pros and the National Ice Fishing Association‘s web site.
Had to share this as well, ‘cuz it made me laugh!
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Now, get out your calendars because there are a host of fun “Fisherees”, “Derbies” and “Jamborees” across Wisconsin in the coming days:
January 30th
Hancock Lions Club Fisheree, Fish Lake
5th Annual Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree, Mercer

January 31st
Phillips Winter Fest features an ice fishing contest on Lake Duroy
Lake Montesian Fisharee/ Chickaree, Monticello

February 6th
Ice Fishing Jamboree, Mosinee
Sno Gypsies Winterfest Fisheree, Park Falls
6th Annual Ice Fishing Rumble, Phillips
Plum Lake EMT’s Holes for Life, St. Germain
50th Annual BPCA Winter Fishing Derby, Lake Onalaska

As always, don’t forget to head on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your ice fishing getaways!

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You’d pretty much have to be living under a rock not to have heard that FlickrImageBy_FlyingRoosterVikings QB #4 Brett Favre is headed to Green Bay with his team this Sunday to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is well aware Favre is headed back to Green Bay and has issued “4 days to Victory“: four good-natured challenges for residents and fans, designed to rev up the hometown prior to Sunday’s game.

  1. Today, 8th grade students across Green Bay will compile their “Top 12 Reasons 4 Staying in Green Bay” for a chance to win $300 for their class.
  2. Also today through Monday, Minnesota Avenue is being renamed Aaron Rodgers Drive.
  3. Friday, folks are encouraged to wear flip-flops in homage to the retired-not retired status of #4 over the last two years.
  4. Finally, on Saturday, Titletown Brewery will hold a Packers Rally serving up “waffle fries” (yes, again a jab at Favre’s decision-making abilities)

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Yes, we love to poke fun at Favre, but it’s with much anticipation that Packers’ fans will tune in Sunday to the game… Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take the win at Lambeau or will they once again fall to mighty purple #4?

At 4-2 to close out October, do the Packers have a chance at the Division Title? The 6-1 Vikings sure hope not!

While the city and the team ready themselves for a circus this weekend, if you’re headed up for the game, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find  your perfect place to stay in Green Bay.

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2009 was a tough season for Wisconsin teams (yes, I know the Brewers still have 13 games left but I’ve decided to focus on 2010 now)…FlickrPhoto-byKevinDooley

Milwaukee Brewers
Currently 12.5 games behind the Central Division leaders St. Louis Cardinals, the Brewers split their series against the Cubs at Wrigley last week before sweeping the Astros over the weekend .  This week, the Cubs head north to take on the Brewers at Miller Park – care to join us for a little WI/ IL rivalry?  We currently have tickets available in our group for Wednesday’s game: Great rates for great seats!  Drop me an email if you’re interested…

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Although they finished with a 58-81 record, more than 20 games behind the 1st place Peoria Chiefs, the Rattlers set a new attendance record this season with more than 250,000 fans heading through their gates in 09.

Beloit Snappers
With a record of 57-83, the Beloit Snappers finished in last place in the MID Western division, just 1.5 games behind the Rattlers.

Northwoods League Ball:
Final standings for Wisconsin’s Northwoods teams in the South Division:
1st Place: La Crosse Loggers
2nd Place: Madison Mallards
4th Place: Eau Claire Express
5th Place: Green Bay Bullfrogs
6th Place: Wisconsin Woodchucks

A look ahead to 2010
The Brewers have already announced their 2010 schedule including three 3-game series against the Cubs at home (April, June & September).  For Opening Day fans, be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, April 5th when the Brewers will host the Colorado Rockies.  New for 2010: game times have all been pushed back to 10 minutes past the hour (1:10 start for most day & Sunday games, 7:10 for weeknights & 6:10 for Saturday nights).

The Timber Rattlers have also released their 2010 schedule and ticket packages are now on sale as well. 

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With the break for the MLB All-Star Game this week, now’s a good time as any to check in on Wisconsin’s baseball teams…

Milwaukee BrewersFielder-Brewers
Having won only 3 of their last 10 games, the Brewers are still hanging on to the number 2 spot, just 2.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.  Great ticket deals are still available including the State Fair/ Brewers Doubleheader: 2 Terrace Reserved tickets to a Brewers game and 2 WI State Fair tickets for $24.  Interesting trivia: Did you know a scene from the movie Major League, filmed at the old Milwaukee County Stadium, was actually the impetus for relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman’s “Hell’s Bells” musical intro?

Brewers-RattlersWisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Timber Rattlers are also currently in second place, just 1.5 games behind the Cedar Rapids Kernals.  Click on over to their site and check out ticket packages such as their “Fang-tastic” Brewers/Rattlers package for $15.  Also, Brewers hall of famer, Paul Molitor will be in attendance signing autographs prior to the Rattlers game on Tuesday, August 4th.  Just in case you were wondering as to the team’s level of talent, five MLB All-Star players this year have formerly played for the Rattlers.

Beloit SnappersBeloit-Snappers
Currently in last place in the MidWestern division, the Snappers have only won 6 of their 17 games to date.  But, as the Class A affiliate for the MN Twins, should we feel too badly for them?  There are lots of fun promotions still on the Snappers calendar including this interesting one… “Salute to the Mustache Night” complete with Fireworks!

Northwoods League Ball
Overall standings for Wisconsin’s Northwoods League teams in the South Division:
1st Place, 29-15: La Crosse Loggers
3rd Place, 25-19: Madison Mallards
4th Place, 23-18: Eau Claire Express
5th Place, 18-25: Green Bay Bullfrogs
7th Place, 14-30: Wisconsin Woodchucks

Lots of fun and affordable promotions are still on the calendar this summer including “Youth Baseball Night” for the Eau Claire Express and Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Night – anyone named Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa or Maggie receives free admission for the Madison Mallards game on July 30th!

Vintage-Base-BallVintage Base Ball
Nope, that’s not a typo – Base Ball was originally two words!  Load up the family and head out to Old World Wisconsin to see the Eagle Diamonds take on either the Milwaukee Grays (July 18th) or the Greenbush Dead Citys (August 15th).  Teams recreate “the styles, speech, rules and terminology of the 1860s game” playing without gloves and in replica baggy uniforms.

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info and begin planning your next Wisconsin baseball getaway!

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northwoods_logoOkay, you’ve made your plans to catch the Brewers, booked your stay in Beloit to catch the Snappers, and have Rattlers tickets & reservations in the Fox Cities… Still need more baseball?  Check out these Wisconsin Northwoods League teams:

Started 1994, the Northwoods League has grown from just 5 teams in WI, MN & IA to its current 2 divisions with 7 teams each from WI, IA, MN, MI and Ontario.  Teams are comprised of top college players, playing for free to retain their NCAA eligibility (some of whom will go on to play in the majors).  This is your opportunity to see exciting baseball at wallet-friendly prices: tickets start around $5-$6 per person!  The League season kicks off May 28th and wraps up with the playoffs in mid-August.

Whether you’re heading out for short getaways all summer long or focusing your full summer vacation around Wisconsin baseball, start your trip planning at WisconsinLodging.info – with nearly 1,000 hotels, motels, resorts & more to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your perfect spot in every city!

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baseball-imageOkay, the Milwaukee Brewers have opened to a less-than-stellar 2-5 record, losing 2 of 3 this past weekend to those hateful Chicago Cubs, but there’s still 155 games left in their season…

For those who think a trip to Miller Park is too expensive this year, there are over a dozen different deals available to fans throughout the summer at the Brewers’ Fan Value Corner.  Check out the Brewers’ 2009 game schedule, then click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your Milwaukee-area baseball getaway!

Next, head north to Appleton to catch the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in action.  Formerly the Appleton Foxes, the Seattle Mariners’ minor league affiliate, Alex Rodriguez (yes, the Yankees’ & Madonna’s A-Rod) made his professional debut with the team in 1994!  Now the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Timber Rattlers are off to a strong 3-0 start this season.  Click on over to see their full 2009 schedule and start thinking getaway to the Fox Cities.

In the southern Wisconsin town of Beloit, on the Wisconsin/ Illinois border you’ll find the Beloit Snappers, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  The Snappers are also off to a rough start so far with an 0-3 record to date, but they return to Pohlman Field on April 16th for a 4 day series against the equally struggling Burlington Bees.  If you can’t make it to Beloit this weekend, see the Snappers full schedule here and plan your summer road trip to see the team in action. There are amazing places to stay in Beloit including both the Fairfield Inn & Suites and The Beloit Inn.

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JacksFirstFishFull disclosure:  I don’t fish.

Putting the words Wisconsin & Fish into the same sentence to me means three things:
1.  Fish Creek (great place to vacation in Door County)
2.  Fish Fry (that Friday night dinner phenomenon)
3.  Fish Boil (again in Door County, but this time it’s great food)

However, I have family who adore the sport of fishing and so I try to remain open-minded.  For those of you anglers who’ve been awaiting the official start of the season, mark you calendars for May 2nd as the Governor’s Fishing Opener.  In anticipation we’ve assembled the following resources…

If the cool, wet weather has you only dreaming of fishing, check out these articles, blogs & sites for inspiration:

Upcoming April fishing events include:

This DNR page features color pictures of Wisconsin’s fish species, print off & take along for the kids (or anyone) new to fishing.  Also, see this site by TakeMeFishing.org for great kid activities, stories & links.  Finally, FishingFacts.com features their list of Ten things an angler would NEVER say:

  1. Does my catfish stink bait smell too rank?
  2. I have all the fishing tackle I’ll ever need.
  3. That fish is too big, throw ‘em back!
  4. Take me to the shore, so that I may use the restroom.
  5. The one I caught was a lot smaller than yours.
  6. Sure, you can have the last nightcrawler!
  7. Fishing is so bad today, I’d rather be at work.
  8. I’ll ask my mother-in-law to go along fishing next week.
  9. I can’t make the tournament – I have tickets to the ballet!
  10. (Had to leave you in suspense, click to their site to see)

As always, don’t forget to head on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your fishing trips- find over 200 properties throughout Wisconsin with fishing available onsite!

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Golf WI Weekend

Golf WI Weekend

Through (leafless) tree branches and across the way, I can see a golf course out my window.  Although it’s still too cool and wet for the course to be officially open, there have been some die-hard golfers out walking the course with their clubs in recent days.  Warmer weather is on it’s way to Wisconsin and with it will come the golfers; it’s-for-business golfers, league players, beginners, life-long enthusiasts, and even just-for-fun-once-in-awhile folks like me.

From quick local courses to beautiful resort courses, Wisconsin offers a wide array of places to play.  If affordable is your key factor to hitting the links this summer, this article on TravelWisconsin.com features the “Best Rounds under $50″.  Also, check out the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin site and their 2009 Platinum Passports for savings.

Know a young person who likes to play?  Don’t miss Golf Wisconsin Weekend.  May 30-31, many courses around the state will offer special discounts including free golf for junior golfers with a paying adult.  In conjunction, many lodging properties are offering discounts or packages to golfers getting away for Golf Wisconsin Weekend.  Check back to this link often as more properties are added to the list!

Just for fun, check out these great golf videos on YouTube and start thinking golf + getaway to a beautiful Wisconsin destination!

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