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Nicolet College - Explore Nicolet College’s Learning in Retirement at free musky fishing presentation March 29

Explore Nicolet College’s Learning in Retirement
at free musky fishing presentation March 29


Posted Monday, March 21, 2011
Famed Northwoods musky fishing author and guide Tony Rizzo will present Musky Fishing Through the Seasons in a special offering from Nicolet College’s Learning in Retirement series that is free and open to the public.

The event will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the Woodruff Community Center, 412 Balsam St.

A musky guide for more than 40 years and the author of seven books on the subject, Rizzo, a meticulous record-keeper, has put an astounding 3,084 legal muskies in his boat over the decades.

During his presentation Rizzo will talk about how musky fishing tactics change over the season, starting with the right baits and strategies with the season opener in late May and how baits and strategies change for successful fishing in summer and again in fall.

MuskySo what’s the allure of musky fishing?

“I would have to say it’s the challenge,” Rizzo said. “These are big powerful fish that are hard to catch, so when you do catch one, it’s always very exciting and very rewarding.”

Rizzo will also talk about musky biology and the controversial subjects (yes, avid musky fishermen are strongly divided on these) regarding the 50-inch-size limit and catch-and-release practices.

The free event is being sponsored by Nicolet College’s Learning in Retirement (LIR), which offers a couple of free classes every year to allow interested individuals to check out the group before formally joining.

Currently in its 15th year, the LIR offers Northwoods retirees dozens of just-for-the-fun-of-it learning opportunities that cover a broad range of subjects. These include travel, nature study, current events, history, crafts, theater and the arts, outdoor recreation, books and much more. Several social events also take place every year.

The organization currently has 300 members and classes are typically held in a variety of locations that include Woodruff, Tomahawk, Eagle River, Elcho, Sugar Camp, Crandon, Three Lakes, Minocqua, Antigo and Rhinelander.

An annual LIR membership is $35. This covers activities from July 1 to June 30. Members can take as many or as few classes as they desire. There are no tests or grades in any class - only learning just for the fun of it. For more information about the LIR or a complete class list, contact the Nicolet College Learning in Retirement Office at (715) 365-4491 or 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4491; TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 relay.