This will be an ongoing series with questions about the history, the fish, the wildlife, the sports and recreation in the state of Wisconsin.
How much do you know about our great state?
There will be a "starred" question-know the answer and submit it to retired2lake@yahoo.com
Your name will be published if you can answer the question correctly and this is your chance to "shine"!

*Name the top 3 fish most commonly caught during Wisconsin's ice fishing season. Answer:Panfish,northern pike & walleye.

1.On an average, 14 million fish are caught annually during the ice fishing season in Wisconsin. What percentage of fish caught are released?
A. 66%    B. 50%   C. 25%

2.What helps a deer swim easily? Hair that is hollow and filled with air.

3. TRUE OR FALSE-Natural shorelands support good water clarity which add to the value of shoreland properties?

4.Adopted in 1949, what is Wisconsin's state tree?
A. Sugar Maple   B. Red Oak   C. Red Maple

5.About how many white-tailed deer w ere harvested by hunters during Wisconsin's 2010 white-tailed gun hunting season?
A. 99,000   B. 101,000   C.202,000



1.Yes or No. Are Jellyfish found in Wisconsin? Yes. Wisconsin has several species of small, harmless jellyfish that were most likely introduced from China.

2.Compared to the national per capita average, do Wisconsin residents use more or less water per day per person?Less



3. Wisconsin selected this as its state rock in 1971. Red Granite
4. Who owns the lakebeds beneath the waters of Wisconsin natural lakes?
The state of Wisconsin.
5. What is the most common lake name in Wisconsin? Mud Lake.
There are 116 Mud Lakes in Wisconsin.
6.What legal term for the point on the shore that determines the line between the public lakebed and private upland areas?
Ordinary High Water Mark.
7.There are 2 million billion gallons of this type of water found underground in Wisconsin's natural aquifiers?
8. How many species of bats are found in Wisconsin?
a. 4
7-The big brown, silver hair, red, hoary, little brown, northern myotis and eastern popistrelle.
c. 11


1. What components of fireworks shot off near lakes can land in the water causing pollution? Cardboard, wood or plastic tubes and unseen metal compounds.

. At what temperature is the water the heaviest(most dense)? 39 degress F. When the surace layer is this temperature, it sinks to the bottom of the lake and the bottom layer comes to the top.

3. Wisconsin's Citizen Lake Monitoring Network began in 1986, monitoring 126 lakes. In 2011, the group monitored how many lakes?
a . 675
b. 335
c. 218

4.A lake that is low in nutrients and clear, with a low concentration of plant life, is called oligotrophic , mesotrophic or eutrophic? North Sand Lake is Oligotropic.

5. Most of the lakes in Wisconsin were created by _________? (Glaciers)

6. At a certain depth in a lake, there is a dramatic change in water temperature from warm upper waters to cold lower waters. This is called the ____________. (thermocline)

Questions for March

1.Bald eagles commonly nest in which tree?
Bald eagles commonly nest white pine or red pine.

2.Seepage lakes have no surface inlet or outlet. Therefore their average water levels are dependent upon what two water sources?
Ground water and precipitation. North Sand Lake is a seepage lake.

3.What do purple loosestrife and Eurasian water milfoil have in common?
They are both native to Wisconsin and are considered invasive species.

4.When operating a personal watercraft on Wisconsin lakes you must stay how far from another boat that is towing a skier?
100 feet
5. Personal watercradt (PWC) must run at no-wake speed within 200feet from shore.
6. How many years ago did glaciers cover 2/3 of Wisconsin? Approximately 12000 years ago.
 7.What is the minimum age allowed for operating a personal watercraft? 12 years.
8. Due to the threat of spreading emerald ash borers,
firewood for campfires on state owned lands must be sourced within how many miles of where the fire will be lit? 25 miles
9. What time of the year is swimmer's itch most common? Early summer. Swimmer's itch is a skin irritation caused by the larval stage of a flat worm.
10. About how old is an average 8-inch bluegill fish?
7-8 years old.  

May Questions
Watch for the correct answers in June

1. In what month is Wisconsin's free fishing weekend?
2. In the treaties of 1837 and 1842, in the ceded territories of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michingan, Native Americans reserved the rights to do what on lakes?
3. What furry, three-pound, chocolate-brown animal hunts frogs, small fish, muskrat and crayfish?
4. Restrictions on bait minnows for fishing are designed to prevent the spread of what fish disease?
5. Which aquatic invasive species was introduced by hobbyists who were using what as an aquarium plant?
6. The number of registered boats in Wisconsin has almost doubled since 1969. How many boats were registered in 2010? A. 635,000 B. 111,000 c. 89,000
7. Women make up what percentage of freshwater anglers?
8. What falls into lakes and provides habitat for most Wisconsin fish species at some point in their life?
9. How much economic impact is generated by sport fishing in Wisconsin? A. $12 million B. $77 million c. $2.3 billion
10. Property owners clearing vegetation along the water's edge are causing what common speices of frog to be a lot less common?