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If there is a more exciting way to catch fish than on a top-water lure, I’ve yet to experience it. I'm not talking “slop fishing” with a scum frog or burning a buzzbait through emergent vegetation, but rather old-school, son-of-a-Hula-Popper topwater action.

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Most backwater fisheries of Pool 11 in the Cassville area are now shallow mud holes, with the once spectacular habitats on Pool 10 near Prairie du Chien now experiencing the same fate. The blame for this slow-moving catastrophe rests entirely on the U.S. government.

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Washburn County doesn’t have the Illynesian ambiance of Minocqua, Eagle River or Hayward. It also lacks superior fishing potential for popular species like muskies and walleyes, but is certainly on par with these other North Country destinations when it comes to panfish, largemouth bass and pike.

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Two hundred of the state's top amateur golfers will tee off in the 52nd annual event, which is held by the Wisconsin Public Links Association and has been played at Riverside every year since 1982 and includes former champions like Steve Stricker and Skip Kendall.