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MARK CLEMENTS
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2/8/16 5:20 PM CST
Madison area fishermen and sportsmen...we got what we wanted, a hearing on the bill to cross the railroad tracks in Wisconsin(LRB 2303). If it is humanly possible, please attend this hearing or at the very least go there and sign up before you go to work. Support these Representatives and Senators who are trying to help us. You know that the railroad is going to be there...if you know anyone in that area and you think they would attend...send this or share this with them...please. It is at 9:00 a.m. in room 400NE on this THURSDAY. Please pass this around.

Also please call our local Senator and let her know this is important to us! Senator Shilling 608-266-5490 or Representative Doyle 608266-0631.


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2/7/16 7:00 PM CST
The railroad does not own that property they lease it and they don't pay taxes on that property either

MileMark_714
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2/7/16 6:34 PM CST
I highly doubt if they will ever allow crossing the tracks at random locations,it is just too dangerous.From what I can gather,the railroad DOES own,maintains and pays taxes on that land.What will probably happen is that designated safe crossings will be established.Like the one that was installed in the village of Trempealeau a few years ago.Before that,it was folks that were crossing tracks in random locations.I heard the cost to install that crossing was about 28,000 or so at the time.The railroad would prefer an overhead crossing(bridge),like the one that will be used for extension of bike route into Winona.

One of the main reasons BNSF hired extra officers was to enforce the crossing to access Onalaska spillway.Too many reports of folks crawling under stopped trains to get to the spillway.A lot of trains stop just shy of Irvin St so they can observe the signals by Sullivan(2nd St).

Will be interesting on how this unfolds,but in the meantime expect a ticket if you cross anywhere where the rail is not protected from tripping hazard.The one officer told me if there are no crossing signs(crossbucks,lights/gates or so),that it is trespassing.

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2/7/16 3:59 PM CST
Can anyone tell me if it is safe to access the ice from under the highway tunnel at DeSoto Bay.Debating if I should haul the ATV there next week. I'm not sure where the springs are if I access at Green Lake. Thank you for any info TomO

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2/6/16 11:57 AM CST
Kids were having a blast this morning at the Genoa Fish Hatchery. Special thanks to the Friends of Pool 9 and Hatchery for putting on a such a great event.

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2/5/16 7:19 PM CST
Ice Depth: 10"
Foot traffic difficulty level increased exponentially with all the new snow on the ice. Bite windows short with a lot more presentation study going on than presentation eating. Tossed pretty much everything but the tackle box itself at em. Some of them marks might be drum but I know some are carp. I've caught a few through the ice over the years on a jig pole. Commercial boys in town have been active in the area in recent weeks too. 1+1 does equal 3 sometimes. Oh well.....Sun shine still felt better than that stupid fluorescent flickering work light with the annoying BUZZZZZZZZZ overhead. I'll take looking at a flasher dial of unwilling fish any day.

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MARK CLEMENTS
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2/5/16 2:28 PM CST
As many of you may be aware, there is a problem with anglers crossing the rail road tracks trying to get to the Mississippi. The BNSF on the WI side has hired a rail road detective to enforce trespassing citations. Not sure what action has happened on the MN/IA side. Representative Lee Nerison of the WI State Assembly has a draft bill circulating and it is currently numbered LRB-2303. Lee needs co-signers for this bill. Those of you in WI please e-mail your representatives tonight because the co-sponsors are needed by Friday. Also contact Representatives all along the Mississippi, such as Steve Doyle, Chris Danou, and Travis Tranel. Anglers from our boundary waters can also help by contacting the WI Representatives reminding them that you spend money when you are here fishing.


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2/5/16 9:27 AM CST
Please check the Wisconsin fishing page under FORUMS/Pool 9 there is a posting about the railroad crossing bill Representative Lee Nerison is going to submit, he needs to hear from us and we need to call our state representatives for votes in support of this bill. Thank You.

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Bgillhunter
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2/5/16 1:26 AM CST
Any gills/crappie/perch biting near new albin?

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2/4/16 4:40 PM CST
Done, Thanks for the help Paul!

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2/4/16 4:30 PM CST
emails sent Thanks Paul. Chippman

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2/4/16 3:40 PM CST
Done. Thanks for your support on the issue, Paul, and for letting us all know how to help this along.

Paul Smith
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2/4/16 3:17 PM CST
Hello Lake-Linkers, Paul Smith here at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There's been some movement on the railroad crossing issue you should know about. This week Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby) drafted a bill to fix the problem. The draft is called LRB 2303. It is being circulated for signatures. This is basically the time a piece of legislation is sent around to gauge interest and gather support. It would be a very good thing if a bunch of other legislators signed on as co-sponsors. If it moves forward, it would be given a different name like AB XXX and hopefully get a public hearing.

So if you want to be able to cross the tracks along the Mississippi River without threat of a trespass ticket, take a few minutes today and tell your elected representatives to co-sponsor LRB 2303. They will know how to find out more about it and what they need to do. Since this legislative session is getting close to the end, this bill would need to move fast to have a chance to pass.

The bill is about as simple as they get. It would allow pedestrians to cross railroad tracks at a 90 degree angle. It adds no cost to taxpayers and presents no added liability to the railroads. It also doesn't create anything new - it would change state law back to the way it was before 2006.

If you don't know who your representatives are in the state senate and state assembly, you can find them on legis.wisconsin.gov

Rep. Nerison is trying to get a list of co-sponsors by noon Friday so this thing can get "down the tracks." Take a few minutes today to make your feelings known on LRB 2303. I'll plan on writing an article on this no matter what happens in the coming days or weeks. Thanks and good fishing.

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Paul Smith
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2/4/16 3:14 PM CST
This is the text taken from Rep. Nerison's draft of LRB 2303:

SECTION 1. 192.32 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read: 192.32 (1) (c) To prevent any person from walking directly across the tracks or right-of-way of any railroad. This bill provides that the prohibition on entering or remaining on railroad tracks does not apply to a person walking directly across the tracks or right-of-way of a railroad.

In plain English, it allows a pedestrian - like you and me and other anglers and hunters - to LEGALLY cross the tracks to access the other side.

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TED PECK
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2/3/16 2:18 PM CST
Mike and all: if you're seeing lots of fish on the Vex which follow the bait up but just lick frosting or shy away there is a good chance they are sheep. A good way to find out if this is the case is to try a #7 chrome/blue Forage Minnow tipped with 3 spikes...best winter goat lure ever! Wondering

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