8 great lakes near Milwaukee that aren't Great Lakes

Published June 19, 2020

While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.


Center Street bait shop weathers changes, celebrates 50 years

Published Nov. 24, 2019

A and C Live Bait Shop, 314 E. Center St., is the oldest bait shop in the state, and the only black-owned bait shop in the Midwest, according to Greg White. White's parents, Acie and Carrie White, opened the shop together 42 years ago.


Wisconsin social media got weird this week

Published Feb. 16, 2019

A Blue's Egg customer turning red. A huge fish. A complaint about an invasion of inappropriate snowman. Wisconsin social media: You're outdone yourself this week.


Milwaukee Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show returns to State Fair Park

Published Nov. 13, 2017

The Milwaukee Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show returns for its fourth year at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, running Dec. 8-10, with 64 of the nation's leading fishing and outdoors vendors exhibiting products and services for ice fishing and winter sports enthusiasts.


Panga's vacation vibe breaks the Milwaukee monotony

Published July 26, 2015 recently made the trek out to Panga and realized that it really wasn't much of a trek at all. Mike and Kristyn Eitel, who also own The Nomad and the BelAir chain, acquired the Oconomowoc-based Panga in early June.


Outdoors shows mark changing of the season

Published May 13, 2013

As the spring weather finally takes hold and the ice that covered area lakes and streams melts away, anglers have been prepping their rods and reels to go after the big one. Fishing season is upon us, and that means so are the outdoors shows.


Milwaukee fishing guide

Published March 25, 2012

Here's an introduction to some of the best places to angle in the Brew City area, along with info about tackle shops and fishing charters. In fact, it's almost everything you need to get started fishing Lake Michigan and other area waterways.


My annual empty promise to myself

Published April 11, 2011

I go through the same routine every spring. I watch the weather get nicer. I listen to my friends talk about their new clubs or their first round of the season. I watch The Masters.


Fall travel has advantages

Published Sept. 27, 2009

With kids back in school, and many summer vacations spent, those who have the time and freedom to travel Wisconsin in the fall can find many advantages.


Sweet Water Organics lures local fish and produce

Published Sept. 11, 2009

Housed in Bay View's hidden Hide House, owners Josh Fraundorf, Steve Lindner and James Godsil transformed warehouse space into three (eventually to be four) operating fish troughs or raceways.


Relaxing respite in 1000 Pines Lake Home

Published April 25, 2009

Located on Little St. Germain Lake, 1000 Pines Lake Home is incredible. The property includes two buildings: a main vacation home and an adjacent guest house located over a free standing garage. Originally built in the 1960s, a two story addition and remodel plus the guest house were completed 10 years ago.


The Pike Lake State Park summer staycation

Published July 19, 2008

When the wanderlust strikes, turn a day trip into a staycation and retreat into Wisconsin. Pike Lake State Park is about a 45-minute drive northwest of Milwaukee via U.S. Hwy. 45/41 and is a unit of the Kettle Moraine.