Many of us see the same people on the bus, in our coffee shop, at the gym, or walking to work each day. They are a part of our lives even if we don’t know their names. Patti See tells us about the regulars in her life.
The Ojibwe have spearfished for centuries, traditionally at night. Jason Bisonette of the Lac Courte Orielles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe learned to spearfish as a child. He continues to fish for his community and his heritage.
This episode was produced by Finn Ryan for The Ways.
Image: “Fishing by Torchlight” Paul Kane (c. 1865)
Trout fishing is both a sport and an art. Wisconsin boasts more than 10,000 miles of trout streams, creeks, and rivers. Writer Kevin Searock has devoted his life to fishing and shares some of the wonders he’s seen wading in.
Along the northern Wisconsin shores of Lake Superior, smelting is still a strong tradition. But this year, with a winter that wouldn’t end, the smelting season was turned on its head and the traditional means were useless. WPR’s Rich Kremer went to Superior and stumbled upon a secret society of fishermen who used a different method to beat the ice and get the smelt.
The word “caviar” conjures images of opulent luxury and the crashing waves of the Caspian Sea — not the lakes and streams of Wisconsin. Yet in the fall, Wisconsin waters yield the jewel-like egg sacs of freshwater caviar. Commentator Brett Laidlaw shares the story of his favorite local delicacy.
Musky season is here and many Wisconsin anglers are obsessed with catching the big one. With its dorsal fin, needle-sharp teeth and impressive size, the musky is Wisconsin’s very own Moby Dick. This fishing season, commentator Michael Fedo is hoping to complete a family quest.
Commentator Michael Fedo is the author of several books including A Sawdust Heart, The Lynchings in Duluth, and The Man from Lake Wobegon.