2021 Ice Fishing Jamboree
WOW! Congratulations & thanks to all who volunteered, donated, & participated in this year’s Ice Fishing Jamboree! It was a great day & we had a record-setting turnout! We hope you had fun out there! Mark your calendars for next year, Saturday, February 19, 2022!
PLIA President’s Message -2021
2020 will go down in history as the pandemic year. We saw the year start with great snow & a wonderful snowmobiling season. Unfortunately ice conditions on Post Lake weren’t the greatest for ice fishing. However, we were able to have our PLIA Ice Fishing Jamboree in February. That season was promptly followed by everything being shut down from mid- March to mid-May due to the Covid 19 concerns. Most of us have never experienced the feeling of isolation associated with that lock down.
Things returned to a new normal in late May. In the Northwoods most of the bars and restaurants reopened and we had a chance to socialize, to some degree, with local friends again. But summer was very different. All the events and festivals we look forward to were all cancelled. We, the PLIA, also cancelled most of our organized activities. Gone was the spring roadside cleanup. Gone was the Memorial Day and Labor Day bullhead tournaments. Gone was the summer funfest. Gone was the fall Oktoberfest dinner. The one bright spot was the Post Lake fireworks, which went on as planned.
While we missed the normal events of the year, we still have a lot to be thankful for. We were still able to get out on beautiful Post Lake for boating or fishing. We were able to enjoy the ATV and hiking trails. We were able to still see friends and enjoy a cocktail and dinner out at a place of our choice.
We know the festivals and events will return in 2021 (hopefully). We know we will eventually get back to the old normal. We will get back to doing what we all love. At least we have the advantage of being in Post Lake with all it has to offer. I can’t think of a better place to be.
2020 Post Lake Bullhead Tournaments
Despite being unable to hold our usual tournament weigh-ins & award ceremonies for each of our two “Catch and NO Release” Bullhead Tournaments this year, due to Covid-19, we are thrilled to announce that we again experienced great successes in collecting bullheads from Post Lake!
These tournaments are exceptionally helpful in preserving our beautiful lake, so that everyone may enjoy for years to come. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again in 2021!
The tournaments are held both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Fishing times begin each Friday and end at noon for the weigh-in on Sunday at the PLIA pavilion. No registration is required and there are no limit restrictions for bullheads. Fish are registered by total weight and cash is awarded to adults for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. One boy and one girl, aged fifteen and younger, are eligible for a prize for heaviest total. (The DNR requires a valid fishing license for those who qualify).
Once per year, after the tournament weigh-in, the PLIA and the Post Lake Protection & Rehab District host a fun and educational presentation at the PLIA pavilion by the Raptor Education Group, Inc. REGI is a non-profit organization located in Antigo, dedicated to caring for injured or orphaned avian wildlife. It works with and temporarily cares for birds from endangered or threat- ened species for rehabilitation and educational purposes. Several species of hawks and owls are displayed during the presentation and handlers walk around with the raptors, fielding questions from the audience. All bullheads caught in our tournaments are donated to REGI.