My wife and I were fortunate enough to acquire an acre overlooking a small lake in East Central Wisconsin, and to be able to build our retirement home there. The fishing is fantastic - if you like catching lots of stunted panfish. One of the old-timers in the area told me that there used to be a couple big northerns in the lake that thinned out the panfish population, but that otters came in and took the northerns. Sure enough, we've been seeing a pair of otters on the ice, at the edge of the open water (one of the landowners - a real gentleman - runs an aerator which keeps a small circle of water open all winter). Has any one else seen any otters in the state recently? These are the only ones I've seen since I was a child.