Category: Hunting & Fishing tails

Ma & Pa Kettle

Whenever autumn arrives my thoughts turn to pheasant hunting; one of my favorite activities throughout the years. My best friend Jim and I hunted and fished together for many years, until he passed away unexpectedly some time back. Over the years we had many fine adventures in the woods and water. We started hunting in […]

Smelt Fishing in Old Kenosha

I’ve gotten some very nice emails and notes regarding my perch fishing story in “Our Wisconsin” magazine. The story, which is also on my blog, recalls those “good old” days on Lake Michigan when we used to catch buckets of yellow perch throughout the spring and summer. Those days, unfortunately, are long gone as Alewives, […]

The Flying Rowboat

    Some of my friends and relatives (my wife being one) have commented at one time or another, that everything happens to me. While I disagree with that in whole, I will admit that I have had my share of mishaps and misadventures over time. As recently as just last week I had another […]

The Runaway Pony

We had a small mobile home on Lake Puckaway in Central Wisconsin. Puckaway is a very shallow lake, which is fed by the Fox River. It is a very diverse fishery and we have caught many nice fish there over the years. At Puckaway, I often fish with our neighbor Art. Art and I have […]

Tommy and the Turtle

Tommy and the Turtle Joe Campolo Jr My friend Tommy and I have had many great fishing adventures over the years. We’ve ice fished, river fished, pond fished, fished in the big water of Lake Michigan and the far northern reaches of Canada. Tom, originally from Denmark, was a Merchant Marine, then a plumber and […]

The Storm on Silver Lake

The Silver Lake Tornado Joe Campolo Jr   George is one of my oldest and best friends. We grew up together in the “Sunnyside” neighborhood of Kenosha, Wisconsin. George lived about four houses down from me, and whenever I wanted to know if George was home all I had to do was stick my head […]