Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A bounty will be placed on carps that are tagged by the DNR in hopes that fisherman are encouraged to catch a lot of carp.
Carp in Little Muskego Lake will soon have a $500 bounty on their heads, according to a Muskego Now article. The Little Muskego Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District will pay a $500 bounty to anyone who catches carp that is tagged by the Department of Natural Resources. This is an incentive for people to fish as many carp as possible. The idea is that if fishermen know that there are some carp with tags on them and with bounties that might encourage them to catch as many as possible in hopes of catching one with a tag. Carp are known as an invasive species that can damage a lake’s ecosystem. The program will start when the DNR catches and tags a number of carp, which has not been determined yet.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Water Bugs sponsor another event on the lake, this time when the water's solid, and by all accounts, it looks like a lot of fun.
Golfing purists may turn up their nose to using hockey sticks in place of golf clubs and racquet balls in place of golf balls, but then again, they've never played on 'greens' like this. The area of Schrubing Bay on Little Muskego Lake provided the layout for about 4 of the 13 hole course for the 5th annual Charity Ice Golf Classic. With recent snowfall providing the perfect material to create the course, and food-colored snow designated each hole. The event was a fundraiser for the ski club, which performs from May until the end of August at Idle Isle Park as well as throughout the state in tournaments.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Another break-through this season raises concerns over ice safety
A 17-year-old Muskego teen almost got in over his head, literally, when he tried to visit a friend by short-cutting across Little Muskego Lake on Saturday. According to reports from the Muskego Police Department, the teen was going to visit a friend around 5:25 p.m. and decided to drive onto the lake, heading from Lannon Drive toward Hillview Drive (west across the lake). Reports stated that the driver thought the ice would be thick enough, but turned around shortly after starting off. As the vehicle was returning eastbound, the ice began to give way, and its front tires became submerged. Accident reports show the vehicle was not far off shore at the time. The teen was able to reach land again, but reports state the vehicle became totally…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Local lakes recently have been iced over enough to walk on, but not for long, as 40 degree temps and rain will again make the ice dangerous
As recently as Saturday, reports of vehicles falling through the thin ice on Wind Lake have underscored the danger of fluctuating temperatures on the surface of area lakes. Tom Zagar, conservation coordinator with the city, confirmed that while much of the lake surface on Big Muskego was strong enough to support fishermen, the thickness can change depending on where you walk. "Technically, a person can be supported on as little as two inches of ice, but it's when that ice thins that you have to be careful of," he said. Most area lakes are recording approximate thicknesses of five inches, but as an early winter warm up is underway, the integrity of the ice is compromised. To make it dicier, rain is forecast for Thursday night, which can …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A towering pyramid is tough to accomplish for ski teams, and the Muskego Water Bugs reached for the sky, with success.
Allison Planton, vice president of the Muskego Water Bugs show ski team, called it 'history making.' "With effort from 24 of our skiing members, one driver, two spotters, the pick up boat crew, and at least five camera people we were able to put up this huge pyramid," Planton said. As impressive as a four-tier pyramid is during their weekly shows, the team was able to climb even further, adding another 'layer' to the exhibition. "This pyramid has been a dream of ours for the past year. We spent countless hours in the gym over the winter practicing and we are very excited to say we accomplished this history making pyramid for the team," Planton explained. The pyramid, which relies heavily on ideal water and wind conditions and an …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Reader James Payne submits a great photo of a hot air balloon that surprised boaters Saturday evening on Little Muskego Lake.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday just before sundown on Saturday, lake residents and boaters got a short visit from a craft of a different kind. Hot air balloonists performing a 'touch and go' took a brief dip as their gondola touched down on the surface of the water and just as quickly, took off. Resident James Payne was up close and shared this photo with Muskego Patch. Payne explained that "they took off from somewhere on Highway 164 and landed on Janesville at a school lot. The Pilot is from Kay's WindDancer, located in Waukesha." Got a great story or photo to share? Post it in the announcements page (and get credit for doing so) or upload your photos to our Pics and Clips gallery.
Friday, August 3, 2012
French horns create a little 'water music' over the weekend
If you happened to be on or near the lake last weekend, you may have wondered if your imagination was playing tricks on you or if strains of 'Handels Water Music' could be coming from someone's outboard. You weren't going crazy. Eight musicians playing french horn music on a barge were cruising around Little Muskego Lake, among them Brian Volkman with the Little Muskego Lake District board. Volkman is a member of various orchestras, including the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Summer Philharmonia, and said he and a few friends got together to 'jam.' "Most of us are amateurs who just wanted to make music in an unusual setting," Volkman explained. "However, one of them - Matt Annen - is the principal french horn player in the …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Cash Mob scheduled to help Island Ice Cream on July 28
Muskego is about to get its first ever “cash mob.” A cash mob is a concept that originated with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and is modeled after “flash mobs.” National Public Radio, in a recent story, described a flash mob as being when “a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene.” A cash mob is similar. It's “where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money.” The goal is to help small businesses. Cash mobs have occurred in Milwaukee and across the nation. And now the owner of the new ice cream shop at Idle Isle Park is bringing it here. Kristin Formolo, owner of Idle Isle Ice Cream, has organized the first cash mob for her shop. And she’d like Muskego to expand the concept to other small …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
We're back well above freezing again, and police caution fishermen and anyone wanting to venture out on lakes, ponds to be safe, be smart.
Lt. Dave Constantineau echoed the concerns of many, including Conservation Coordinator Tom Zagar and seasoned anglers who take to the frozen lakes to set up shanties and ice fish, that our lakes' surfaces can be deceivig. Constantineau went so far as to voice his hope that all the ice on the lakes be gone, "and I really hope that is the case, because that will make it obvious to people that they cannot go out there." "The problem is when the temperature fluctuates, and leaves the appearance that the ice is solid, when in fact it is weak, or thin, or fractured. With the temperatures we have had lately, no ice is safe," he explained. The constant freeze-thaw cycle that has punctuated this winter means that ice becomes pocketed with air, …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Variable temperatures have meant slow or poor ice forming and even with a recent cold snap, the advice is extreme caution.
If you're kids got ice skates for Christmas, they are probably still in the box. Likewise, the ice shanty and tip-ups will need to wait, even though the temperature Tuesday morning was seven degrees. Fahrenheit. "Conditions are probably getting good to venture out in some areas," said Tom Zagar, Conservation Coordinator for the city. However, he cautioned, "I like to wait for about three inches of ice to walk on – we may already have that in some areas but the first people out need to be careful. You need to test thickness often by making holes with an ice auger or a metal spud bar. Walk with a buddy in single file at least 20 feet apart." Zagar said that being prepared for thin ice "can mean the difference between an inconvenient cold …