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June 2012


  • Sign Up Now for the 2012 Hodag Musky Challenge!

    Posted on June 22, 2012

    Plans are underway for the 2012 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge!  This year the tournament will be held on Friday September 7th through Sunday September 9th.  Things will kick off with the mandatory rules meeting on Friday and we expect two great days of fishing!  Sunday we’ll wrap things up with a great meal and of course the awards!  Our headquarters this year will be the Rhinelander Ice Arena located at 2021 E. Timber Drive here in Rhinelander.

    Download the 2012 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge Registration Form.

    A huge thank you to our sponsors, Rhinelander Toyota, Shoeder’s RV & Marine and Rollie and Helen’s Musky Shop.  We’ll see you in September!

  • Hodag Block Party

    Posted on June 21, 2012

    Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Hodag Block Party to be held on Saturday June 29th! We have a fun filled day planned in Rhinelander!  First, lace up your tennis shoes and take part in the Hodag Run for Your Life, hosted by the YMCA of the Northwoods.  Then make your way downtown to Davenport street and join us for the 1st Annual Hodag Block Party!  From 10am to 3pm we’ll be celebrating and having fun with a magic show, live music, carnival games, and plenty of food, drinks and fun!  So come on downtown and join us!  If you have any questions about the event give us a call, 715-365-7464.

    Calling all local artists we need your help for this event!  We are looking for your help in creating a logo!  Anyone under the age of 18 can submit a logo for consideration. We need all submissions by May 30 , 2013 and we’ll announce a winner on June 3, 2013.  Call us with questions and GOOD LUCK!

    Click Here for Logo Application

  • Muskies and Bass!

    Posted on June 20, 2012

    Musky action is picking up this week. Witness the Curt Ebert Boom Lake Tournament held this past weekend where nearly 20 fish were registered including one in the 47” range.  Musky fishing has been slow but if that 2-day tourney is any indication it’s picking up.  The combination of steady weather and lack of cold fronts is probably the reason but whatever the cause this is good news for area anglers.

    Musky fishing in summer is often very good under overcast skies and that was the case for the tournament.  Look for similar conditions in the days ahead.  We really like those days of heavy cloud, rising humidity and westerly or southerly winds and we’ve seen a few of them this week.  Muskies can be very active during daylight hours on those days and it’s worth the effort to get out on the water.  One cautions needs to be noted, that being the possibility of heavy storms in late afternoons.  Keep an eye on the sky (weather usually moves in from the west or south) and if things look ugly get to shore.  Heavy rains and strong winds can hit in a very short time.

    We are seeing muskies take a variety of lures with top water lures doing well, especially on cloudy days or evenings.

    Walleyes remain on the slow end of the spectrum and have been that way most of the season.  We’d work the typical June areas of deeper weedbeds and use jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers worked along the edges of the thicker cover.  Evenings are usually best but on a day of thick clouds we’ll see fish boated at all hours.

    Bass season, the catch-and-keep season, opened last Saturday and early reports were good.  Largemouth should be coming on strong in this warmer weather and the past days have confirmed that with decent fishing coming in the evening hours but also during the day on some of those cloudy days that are good for musky fishing as well.  We saw largemouth taking some basic minnow imitations and that’s always a good idea.  Work the Rapala or similar along the edges of lily pads or toss a weedless frog lure into the thick stuff.

    Smallmouth bass have been in deeper water and we did not see as many this weekend as we did largemouth.  In this hot weather fishing for them in the Wisconsin River down from Rhinelander is always an option.  Wading the shallow stretches below Hat Rapids Dam and tossing a swimming jig is often very productive.

    Panfish action has slowed some with the one exception being some hot action on bluegills.  There are still some big bluegills acting pretty aggressive and there have been some good catches on them.  We’ve heard of anything from small jigs and minnows to Beetle Spins and Mepps Spinners taking ‘gills.  We would expect some good fishing for bluegills to continue into the weekend.

  • Hodag Block Party Volunteers Needed

    Posted on June 12, 2012

    We need your help on June 30th for the first Annual Hodag Block Party Downtown Rhinelander!  We have a day filled with fun for the entire family planned.  From 11 AM to 6 PM we’ll have carnival games, a bouncy house, food, live music and plenty of entertainment all on the streets of Rhinelander.  We are looking for some volunteers to help run the games.  We need the most help from 2:30 PM to 6 PM but we could also use a few people from 11 AM to 2:30 PM.  Give us a call at the Chamber 715-365-7464 if you are able to help!