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MAY/JUNE 2019 • VOL. 38 NO. 1

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WITH SAFE BOATING Marinas and various marine areas can become contaminated with pollutants generated from boating activities. Boat cleaning, fueling and marine head discharge are just a few of the pollutants that can find their ways into the water. A past study in the marine reserve of Cape Creus in the Mediterranean Sea found that boat anchoring also is a considerable threat to marine habitats, as vulnerable ecologies can be damaged by anchors. Recreational boaters can do their part to keep the lakes pristine by adhering to some sound advice. REDUCE ENGINE EXHAUST Whenever possible, row, paddle or use sails to decrease engine use and subsequent exhaust. When engines must be used, do not idle unnecessarily. Always steer clear of the aft of the boat, where fuel fumes and

carbon monoxide can cause serious health implications. KEEP TRASH ON THE VESSEL

Do not discard any items over the side of the boat. Even seemingly harmless items can impact the environment. Store garbage in a bag and dispose of it properly when you return to the marina or dock. Secure items on board so they will not blow off and end up in the water. AVOID ANTIFOULING PAINTS Antifouling paints are special paints applied to the underside of vessels to prevent or slow down the growth of barnacles and other organisms. Maritime New Zealand notes that these paints can harm other sea life and prove dangerous when scraped off and not discarded properly.


Poorly maintained boats may harm the environment. Inefficiently working engines can produce more exhaust and contaminate the air and water. Oil and other mechanical fluids can leak into the water and affect the marine environment. USE PUMP-OUT STATIONS Pump out stations at marinas enable boaters to safely dispose of the contents from sanitary systems without waste ending up in the water. Commercial ships, such as tankers and bulk cargo carriers, have the added threat of ballast water. Ballast water keeps vessels buoyant. However, when this water is discharged at the next port of call, it can transfer biological materials. (METRO CREATIVE)


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For advertising opportunities call (262) 723-2250 On the cover: Members of the Southern Wakes United Water Ski Show Team perform on Cravath Lake in Whitewater last year.

Above: Safe boating involves following the rules of the water and also keeping marine environments clean and protected. STOCK PHOTO The Breeze

Tips for first-time boat buyers


Boating is a rewarding hobby that can be great for people from all walks of life. Many people buy a boat because they already have a passion for fishing and want their own vessel to take out on the water. Others may buy a boat because they like the challenge posed by sailing, a demanding yet rewarding hobby. According to Grow Boating, a marine industry organization that aims to generate awareness and interest in boating, retail sales of new boats, marine engines and marine accessories in the United States totaled $20.1 billion in 2017. That marked a 9.5 percent increase from the year prior, highlighting the growing popularity of boating. In fact, Grow Boating notes that 141.6 million Americans went boating in 2016. The fun of boating compels many people to buy their own boats. For first-timers, buying a boat can be both exciting and confusing. Prospective buyers must decide on everything from the type of vessel they want to the size of the boat to where to store it when they’re not out on the water. Such decisions can make the process of buying a boat somewhat intimidating. However, the following tips might facilitate the process of buying a boat for the first time.

Assess your skills An honest assessment of your skills will

help you determine if the time is right to buy a boat. There’s no shame in waiting to buy a boat until you become more comfortable navigating it. Boating schools can be great resources for novices, teaching them the ins and outs of boating. The United States Coast Guard notes that boating safety courses are offered

throughout the country for all types of recreational boaters.

Ask around Boaters tend to be passionate about

boating, and many are willing to offer advice to novices about boats that may suit their needs. Local marinas can be great resources for first-time boat buyers. Visit a local marina and seek advice from current boat owners. Some may share their own travails and triumphs from their first boat-buying experience, and those stories can serve as a guide as you begin your own journey to boat ownership.

Be patient Boats are significant investments, so

it serves prospective owners well to be patient and exercise due diligence before making a purchase. Do your homework on the type of boat that best suits your needs, skill level and budget.

Do your homework The cost of owning a boat is more

than just the sticker price and the cost of fuel. Much like you would before buying an automobile, get a quote on boating insurance before making a purchase, being as specific as possible in regard to the boat’s make, model and age when asking for an estimate. In addition, get quotes on docking and mooring fees. When buying a boat, people envision taking their boats out as much as possible. That’s only possible for boat owners who fully grasp the full cost of boat ownership and how to finance all of the ancillary expenses of owning a boat. (METRO CREATIVE)


The decision to buy a boat requires careful consideration of a host of factors to ensure boaters find the right boat and get the most of their time on the water.

Everyone needs a life jacket

Most drowning victims aren’t wearing a PFD A life jacket (or personal flotation device) is the single most important piece of equipment on your boat and the most important consideration should be size. More than two-thirds of all boating fatalities are drowning incidents and 90 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. So buy a life jacket that you will wear ... it could save your life. In Wisconsin, there is no state law, so boaters must abide by federal regulation, which requires that all children younger than 13 wear a PFD, while on federal waterways in this state. To determine if the waterway where you boat is a federal waterway, contact your state

boating agency. If a child is in a cabin or below deck a PFD is not required.

Approved PFD styles United States Coast Guard approved PFDs must fit

properly and be in good condition. There are several types of traditional foam flotation devices as well as new inflatable life jackets. Each is designed for different boating activities and water conditions and each has its own maximum buoyancy, performance level, and limitations. You should choose your life jacket based on your boating activities and conditions. Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guardapproved in order to meet carriage requirements.

Requirements for life jackets There must be a properly fitting life jacket for each and every person aboard a recreational vessel. Life jackets must be Coast Guard-approved, in serviceable

condition and the appropriate size for the intended user. Obviously, they are most effective when worn. On a vessel underway, children under 13 must wear an appropriate Coast Guard-approved PFD, unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. Within the geographic boundaries of any state that has established a child PFD wear requirement, that state’s requirement will be adopted. Our Life Jacket Loaner Program for kids can help you get the right life jacket for the day or weekend. To find the loaner site nearest you, visit Each state may have additional wear requirements, such as for water skiing, personal watercraft operation, white water boating activities and during certain cool-weather months. Additionally, a boat 16-feet in length or greater, except canoes and kayaks) must have a throwable flotation device. See specific state requirements for life jackets. For more information, visit



The Southern Wakes United Water Ski Show Team is ready to put on the skis and take to the water for the 2019 season. The team is a merger of the Lauderdale Aqua Skiers and Minneiska Water Ski Team from Whitewater.

Making waves

Combined ski team heads into its second year By Tracy Ouellette EDITOR

The Southern Wakes United Water Ski Show Team is a merger of the Lauderdale Aqua Skiers and the Whitewater Lake Sports Club (Minneiska Water Ski Team). The non-profit water skiing organization works to give the young and young-at-heart an opportunity to work together to build confidence in their abilities, learn new skills and promote leadership development,

water safety education and sportsmanship. The two ski teams merged in 2018, forming the only water ski show team in Walworth County. “The teams were combined for a number of reasons, one being that both teams were suffering in membership, and merging them was the best way to combat that issue. We are two very similar teams that are situated quite close in proximity. It just made sense,” Southern Wakes board secretary Julie Abramson said. Board Vice-President Leslie Gostomski added that the gap between the “big” teams and the rest seems to be steadily growing. “At the size we each were, and with the limited resources and volunteer manpower we each had, we just couldn’t even come

close to competing with the larger teams,” Gostomski said. The Southern Wakes team is in Division III, and Gostomski said they would like to make a splash in Division II and possibly make it to Division I someday. “Things aren’t like they were when Julie and I were newer to the clubs back in the 80s. In the summer, ski club was all we did and all we cared about. Now, sports are year round, and kids aren’t able to commit to the team like they once were, and parents are over scheduled as well,” Gostomski said.

Diving in With many of the kinks of combining

the two teams worked out in its inaugural season last year, organizers say the new

team is building on its strengths. “Last year was our ‘dating’ year, and actually it worked out very well,” Abramson said. “There is always a learning curve in how things are done one way vs. another, but overall, it worked and was a really good fit. The combination of our skiers, drivers, family and leaders is only making us stronger.” Gostomski added that mergers were sometimes tricky and all the team members had to make adjustments. “To a certain extent we were tiptoeing around each other’s feelings, but all things considered, we really have very similar clubs which makes the “our way” and “their way” minimal, and truly everyone


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Ski show schedule

The Southern Wakes United Water Ski Show Team recently released its 2019 show schedule. Dates, times and locations are subject to change. May 25 – Memorial Weekend Show, Scenic Ridge Campground, 7 p.m. 31 – The Lauderdale Landing, 7 p.m. June 8 – Scenic Ridge Campground, 7 p.m. 22 – Scenic Ridge Campground, 7 p.m. 28 – The Lauderdale Landing, 7 p.m. 29 – Babe Mann Park, 6 p.m. 30 – Cravath Lake, noon


Southern Wakes United Water Ski Show Team members partner up for a ballet line at a show last year.

• Making waves

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was very open-minded and honest through the whole thing. We are very lucky, and now I can’t imagine it any other way,” Gostomski said. Southern Wakes will be performing shows at all of the previous teams’ locations – Scenic Ridge Campground on Whitewater Lake, Lauderdale Landing on Lauderdale Lakes, Elkhorn Lake in Babe Mann Park and Cravath Lake in the City of Whitewater, throughout the season. See the related schedule on this page. The team is also actively seeking to build its ranks.

“We are the one and only Water Ski Show Team in Walworth County and we are always looking for and encourage new members,” Abramson said.

According to the Southern Wakes website, the Lauderdale Lakes Aqua Skiers began in the 1950s when a group of young people who loved to ski decided they wanted to perform for their friends and neighbors. Using their own boats and fuel, they performed a single, annual show in conjunction with the Lauderdale Regatta Day in front of the Sterlingworth Motor Hotel. Their only rewards were the appreciation of their audience and a complimentary dinner at the Sterlingworth after the show. With the advent of ski boats came new power and performance. LAS bought its own boat and began competing in the State Show Ski Tournament in the 1980s. In 1988, LAS took first place in the Wisconsin State Individual Barefoot Competition. Also that year team member Nancy Lynd O’Hara won the coveted Willa McGuire Cook Award for Best Female Performance Overall at the National Tournament. In 1990 the team won first place in Division II at the Wisconsin State Show Tournament, claiming first place in dock equipment and safety, tow boat driving, announcing and overall show. In 1997, LAS hosted a “fun class”

individual events competition where more than 150 novice skiers enjoyed the opportunity to compete in slalom, kneeboard and wakeboard. At the Wisconsin State Tournament that year, sisters Heather and Brooke Huelskamp were awarded the “Most Unique Act” for their slalom strap doubles act and were chosen from over 325 acts presented. The Whitewater Lake Sports Club was formed back in 1973 and included sailing, canoeing and skiing. The skiing portion continued with full strength and was named the Minneiska Water Ski Team in 1974. The team performed their first show on July 21, 1974 for the Lions Club. The ski team started competing in tournaments in 1975 and Minneiska was the only team in the state that year to pull a two-man 360. In 1979, the team performed and executed a three-man 360, which had never been performed by an amateur team. In 1980, the Minneiska’s four-man 360 team was asked to perform at Tommy Bartlett’s. The word Minneiska means “white water” in the Sioux language. Over the years the team and its skiers have won many awards including pulling 31 skiers behind a boat in 1980, breaking a record. The team has placed in nationals.

New this year While the teams technically merged last year, this year it’s official, Abramson said. “New team, new name, new logo and great sponsors,” she said. Gostomski said they were starting with a “clean slate” in 2019 and focusing on playing to the team’s strengths. She added the team has been looking

at its equipment and will have a new 2019 Nautique inboard coming, sponsored, in party, by The Boat House in Lauderdale Lakes. “And we have updated and cleaned up most of our other boats,” Gostomski said. “We were able to purchase some costumes from another team to accommodate our larger numbers. Our 2019 magazine will hit the stands Memorial Day weekend, and it is by far the biggest either club has ever had – 68 pages.” For more information, visit www.

A bit of history

Several skiers have earned awards for best swivel ballet, five skiers performing a 360 behind a single boat, best trick skiing act, best male skier and best female skier. The Whitewater team also placed for best Pick Up Boat Crew and for Dock Crew and Boat Drivers and, most recently Most Unique Act.

July 4 – Following the parade, Fourth of July Show, Cravath Lake 6 – Scenic Ridge Campground, 7 p.m., Booster appreciation show 13 – Scenic Ridge Campground, 7 p.m. 17 – Scenic Ridge Campground, 6:30 p.m., benefit/alumni show 19-21 – No local show; the team will be at the state tournament in Wisconsin Rapids 26 – The Lauderdale Landing, 7 p.m., booster appreciation show 27 – Babe Mann Park, 6 p.m. August 3 – No local show; the team will be at D2 national competition in Tomahawk 10 – Babe Mann Park, 6 p.m. 17 – Alumni/Benefit Show, Scenic Ridge Campground, 6:30 p.m. 30 – The Lauderdale Landing, 6 p.m. 31 – Labor Day Weekend Show, Scenic Ridge Campground, 6 p.m. Scenic Ridge Campground is at W7991 R/W Townline Road, Whitewater. Babe Mann Park is at 951 Proctor Drive, Elkhorn. The Lauderdale Landing is at W5625 Westshore Drive, Elkhorn. Cravath Lake is at 407 S. Wisconsin St., Whitewater.









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The City of Whitewater celebrated 25 years as a member of Tree City USA on May 1. City Manager Cameron Clapper read a proclamation of the Arbor Day celebration to commemorate the planting of a new red oak near the playground and Senior Center building at Starin Park.

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24 Community Street Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon. 24-26 Wisconsin State Goat Show, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Call 262-723-3228. 25 Party in the Park, 6 to 11 p.m., Village Park, 955 Eighth St., Palmyra. Food, beverages, fireworks demo and display, Palmyra-Eagle Community Band performance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a country rock to play from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 28 Whitewater City Market, every Tuesday from May through Oct. 30 (July 3 event at University Mall), 4 to 7 p.m., historic Train Depot, 310 W. Whitewater St. 28 Shrine Circus, grandstand, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Call 262-723-3228. 29 Weekly Ice Age Trail walk, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., about 4 miles east of Whitewater, Highway 12 and Sherwood Forest Road, DNR parking lot, state park pass required, contact Andrew Whitney at 262-949-0286 31 Community Street Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon.

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16 Father’s Day Fly-In and breakfast, 7 a.m. to noon, Palmyra Airport. Airplane and helicopter rides, Palmyra-Eagle Community Band to perform. 18 Whitewater City Market, every Tuesday from May through Oct. 30 (July 3 event at University Mall), 4 to 7 p.m., historic Train Depot, 310 W. Whitewater St. 19 Weekly Ice Age Trail walk, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., about 4 miles east of Whitewater, Highway 12 and Sherwood Forest Road, DNR parking lot, state park pass required, contact Andrew Whitney at 262-949-0286 19 Pork Chop Cookout, 4 to 7 p.m., an annual event at the Walworth County Fairgrounds’ Activity Center, 411 E. Court

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26 Weekly Ice Age Trail walk, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., about 4 miles east of Whitewater, Highway 12 and Sherwood Forest Road, DNR parking lot, state park pass required, contact Andrew Whitney at 262-949-0286

29 Wisconsin Walking Horse Show, horse arena, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Call 262-72323 Whitewater Heritage Day, 10 a.m. 3228. to 4 p.m., at historic Bassett House, 708 30 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m. to 4 W. Main St. Food truck, festival, ice cream p.m., at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, social and fundraiser for the Bassett House, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. It’s held four built in 1858. For more information, go to times a year and features more than 500 vendors and a variety of unique treasures. 25 Whitewater City Market, every Admission for spectators is $5 a person. Tuesday from May through Oct. 30 (July Call 414-525-0820 or visit nlpromotionsllc. 3 event at University Mall), 4 to 7 p.m., com. historic Train Depot, 310 W. Whitewater St.





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Catching your fill An area angler waits for a bite after arriving at this spot on Turtle Creek on Easter Day, tossing his line in at the Highway 140 bridge just north of Clinton. TODD MISHLER The Breeze

Fishing opportunities abound across Southern Lakes region Todd Mishler


very angler in the Southern Lakes area enjoys myriad options for filling their stringers, whether it’s chasing largemouth bass on Blue Spring Lake near Palmyra or northern pike on Browns Lake in Burlington. Fishing enthusiasts also can visit Paddock Lake in Kenosha County, Lake Beulah near East Troy or pretty much anywhere across the region to catch a meal of bluegills, crappies or perch. But while it’s open season for panfish year-round in the Badger State, the official opening day for game fish on most inland Wisconsin waters is the first Saturday in May. So the fishing frenzy is on. One person who treats every occasion to get in his boat like it’s Christmas morning is Dave Duwe, who has been a fishing guide for 27 years. However, he stresses fun and family over business considerations on opening weekend. “I could have booked the entire weekend, but I like to take the kids out and get away from the busier areas,” he said. That means avoiding Delavan and Geneva lakes, the largest and busiest fisheries in Walworth County. Instead, he will be searching for largemouth bass on Como Lake and northern on Whitewater Lake this weekend. “I prefer some of Walworth County’s shallower lakes for opening day,” Duwe said. “They tend to have much higher water temperatures and that helps keep the fish more active. The smaller lakes also receive a lot less fishing pressure and can be very productive.” He recommends working the shallow, emerging weeds in 3 to 5 feet of water for bucketmouths – largemouth bass. “Being such shallow lakes, the weed growth can be tremendous, so early May can be the best fishing of the year on these bodies of water,” Duwe said of Como, which has a maximum depth of 9 feet, and Whitewater

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To contact fishing guide Dave Duwe, call 608-883-2050 or 262-728-8063, visit his website at or check out Dave Duwe’s Guide Service on Facebook. In southeastern Wisconsin, DNR service centers are located in Sturtevant (262-8842306) and Waukesha (262-574-2100). DNR field offices are located in Kansasville (262-878-5600), at Big Foot Beach in Lake Geneva (262-248-2528) and the Kettle Moraine Forest Southern Unit headquarters near Eagle (262-594-6200). A great reference for any information about Wisconsin fishing seasons and regulations is the DNR website. Start with this link: index.html.

(20 feet). Duwe said Mother Nature’s wrath this past winter has not affected fishing this spring and hasn’t dampened his spirits for the summer. But one oddity has him puzzled. “Lots of people have reported seeing pelicans on Delavan Lake for the first time and don’t know what that’s about,” he said. “I’ve been told they can each eat 3 to 4 pounds of fish a day, and I’ve heard there’s been 200 to 300 birds.” That won’t deter Duwe, who spends a majority of his time on the Delavan and Lake Geneva hot spots, and it shouldn’t prevent other anglers from taking to the water. “In early May, Geneva Lake has some disadvantages being so deep and big,” Duwe said. “The water tends to be really cold and the fish aren’t usually that active. “Most of the smallmouth bass are being caught suspended, not associating with any structure,” he said. “They also can be active chasing baitfish pods near their spawning

From far left: Longtime fishing guide Dave Duwe shows off this crappie he caught, while his son, Nathan, admires this largemouth bass. Both of them were caught on Delavan Lake. SUBMITTED PHOTOS The Breeze

flats. I work the suspended fish in 12 to 15 feet of water.” Duwe said he focuses on spawning flats near the South Shore Club (formerly the military academy), Elgin Club or near Knollwood. “Largemouth bass will be the most active in the shallows in such places as Trinkes, Abbey Harbor or in Geneva Bay.” Don’t forget about bluegills. Duwe said his favorite spots are Abbey Harbor, Geneva Bay near the library or by the South Shore Club. And when he’s not patrolling Geneva Lake, he’s often hunting prey on Delavan Lake, one of the best fishing locations in the state. “Because it’s so well known as an awesome fishery, it will be one of the busiest lakes on opening day,” Duwe said. “But the crappie fishing has been pretty good the first few weeks of April. The best depth is in the 8- to 12-foot range.” He recommends checking out Browns Channel or by the island on the west end of the lake. “Walleyes are shallow in early May,” he said. “Delavan is very clear this time of year

and that can make them a bit skittish. So the fish are in the emerging weeds in 5 to 10 feet of water. Night or low-light conditions produce the most fish. Trolling shallowdiving crankbaits typically produces the most fish.” He said largemouth would be cruising the shallows in pre-spawn and recommends trying the outlet and near Lake Lawn Lodge. For those people who don’t have a license or beginners who don’t have a favorite spot for pursuing walleye, catfish or trout, the state offers Free Fishing Weekend June 1-2 this year, so anybody can get out and give it a try. And that doesn’t mean anglers need to pull up in big, fancy boats full of every lure and contraption in the world. There’s plenty of quality action fishing from shore. Duwe said Turtle Creek offers decent smallmouth and panfish along with suckers and carp. “Shore anglers are welcome to fish in the Town of Delavan’s Community Park for a small fee,” he said. “And the Kettle Moraine State Forest has some great shore opportunities on and near Whitewater Lake.”


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