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11/7/2017
If the deer season is the flagship of all hunting sports in Wisconsin, eagerly anticipated annually by 600,000 hunters, and it is, then the precious days of the October/November rut are without doubt the gem within the gem.  These too fleeting days of whitetail mating activity when even the biggest bucks become vulnerable to archers and gun hunters  mean no doubt that more tags are filled and stories of missed bucks told than at any oth...
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Fly Fishing in Wisconsin

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  • 10/13/2017 2:15:00 PM
    Don't forget to visit our Root River spawning facility during our Open House this Saturday!  Root River - On Saturday, Oct. 14, enjoy the ninth annual Salmon Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the DNR Root River Steelhead Facility in Lincoln Park in Racine, 2200 Domanik Dr. The open house w...
  • 10/6/2017 8:05:00 AM
    Breath of the Brule River.   I was tired. The long miles into the heart of the Brule River in Douglas County never shrink. Rolling down the window and rubbing my eyes, ignoring the horn-blast hurry and burnt-rubber smells of interstate life, I sucked in a deep breath northward. Faintly…faintly, I could smell its breath. I pounded th...
  • 7/8/2017 11:50:00 AM
    By John Luthens:  I was first led astray to No Man’s Pond in that in-between season when the promise of magic water floats around the edges of a fly fisherman’s vision like a hidden diamond, but there are still enough slushy patches beneath the pines to dampen the spirits.  Peering from the morning window of my suburban home...
  • 5/20/2017 2:00:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for May, 2017  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Many rivers running high from recent rains; fawns being born, turtles nesting Strong storms that swept across Wisconsin...
  • 4/17/2017 12:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens Another spring season glistens along the steelhead runs of Wisconsin. Spring wades gingerly up the steelhead backbones of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes tributaries. She is a temperamental lady and it is a chancy effort. The sun might push the thermometer to 70 degrees inland, but water rushes cold and the shoreline winds are raw...
  • 2/20/2017 11:10:00 AM
    In addition to a host of fly tying experts, guides and manufacturer representatives, 10 seminars will take place throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge and experience on subjects such as northern trout habitat, women in fishing, and recent stream restoration projects that trout fishermen should take advantage of. OnWisconsinOutdoor...
  • 1/8/2017 3:25:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. - Anglers have a great reason to celebrate the New Year thanksto the return of early trout season. The season starts at 5 a.m. on January7 and runs until midnight May 5.Joanna Griffin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources trout specialist,said the early catch-and-release season offers opportunities for everyon...
  • 11/10/2016 12:10:00 PM
    The ‘river of presidents’ on the edge of November.  By John Luthens  Scant weeks before the presidential election and I was up to the waterline in a fine state of political current. Hooks and barbs were flying. A numbing sensation had begun somewhere along my left toe and was slowly creeping upward and threatening to freez...
  • 9/30/2016 8:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens Morning mist rose from the valley and swirled around my tent. I’d slept the honest sleep of the outdoors. If there were creatures in the night, they’d passed unaware. I chewed granola bars for breakfast, washing them down with more water than I cared to drink, filling my bottle from the bubbling stream below the trail b...
  • 8/3/2016 4:20:00 PM
    By John Luthens I first discovered the lost pond after a fruitless, day-long, bush-whacking safari up a spring-fed trout stream that fed a bigger, Lake Superior river in the wilds of Douglas and Bayfield counties. I was fishless and unsteady on my feet when I stumbled out of the tributary brush and eyed the headwaters.  The rise of brook tro...
  • 6/15/2016 11:50:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will convenethree public meetings in late June to discuss management strategies andopportunities for Lake Michigan in light of continued challenges facingsalmon populations and the alewives they feed on.The meetings will focus on a variety of potential management actions toensure continu...
  • 6/3/2016 1:10:00 PM
    Wisconsin in the process of updating statewide outdoor recreational planMADISON - The public will have opportunities over the next several months to weigh in on how they recreate in Wisconsin's outdoors and what they feel should be priorities for receiving funding for recreational development and opportunities. - Read Full Article New online ...
  • 5/3/2016 2:30:00 PM
    As always start with "What's New" and follow what's there.  Enjoy.Keep a good thought!Jerrywww.jerrykiesowoc.com
  • 5/3/2016 2:20:00 PM
    By John Luthens A not-so-common entry: An actual trout is added to the pages of the author’s trout journal. I’ve long kept a scribbled manifesto of my trout-fishing journey. From frozen, steelhead blizzards to humid summer evenings with rings of rising brook trout breaking the reflection of the setting sun; Every detail is written d...
  • 4/29/2016 4:10:00 PM
  • 4/12/2016 10:25:00 AM
    The Root River Steelhead Facility webpage has been updated with the latest weir information along with the latest fishing information from the Root River. The Facility is closed for the season and stop logs on the dam will be removed once water levels drop. Please visit the page for this updated information. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakem...
  • 3/25/2016 8:40:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for March 24, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow returns to central Wisconsin; Lake Michigan steelhead runs underway; 39 elk arrive from Kentucky With a short...
  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Good news for Wisconsin wildlife - winter severity index data shows a mild Wisconsin winter so far in 2015-16MADISON - With winter coming to a close in Wisconsin, 2015-16 winter severity index data shows it is shaping up to be considered a mild winter, overall. - Read Full Article Public comment period for preliminary antlerless harvest quota...
  • 3/22/2016 11:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens It was the heart of the turbulent weather season of March, and I was stuck in the office for what was shaping up to be a stormy week.  Monday dawned grey and chilly outside and endlessly monotonous inside. Tuesday started out the same. It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that the storm clouds of labor parted. Wednesda...
  • 1/29/2016 4:25:00 PM
    The entire state with the exception of the far southeastern corner received snow this week, with the heaviest band of 6 to 8 inches through central Wisconsin.  This allowed a few more counties through central Wisconsin to open snowmobile trails, with fair conditions, and conditions across the north are now good to excellent, on the Wisconsin ...
  • 1/26/2016 8:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens I was forty feet above Sauk Creek, on the fringes of Port Washington, Wisconsin. It was shaping up to be a perfect, January stalk. The rocky banks were snow covered and the water swirled through ice flows below. The only tracks winding to the water below were made by deer and coyotes. I was working above a deep pool that I hoped mi...
  • 1/12/2016 10:45:00 AM
     ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Winter is here, folks!  The Ashland area has received 3-4 more inches of fresh snow over the last couple of days with more on the way.  And despite temperature...
  • 1/7/2016 11:45:00 AM
    January 5, 2016 Expanded catch-and-release season, stream reclassifications greet trout anglers in the New YearMADISON -- Trout anglers have much to celebrate in 2016 as an expanded early trout season gets underway and ongoing habitat improvements are contributing to upgraded stream classifications. - Read Full Article Milwaukee Bucks team u...
  • 1/6/2016 8:45:00 AM
    By John Luthens The sun broke the horizon to reveal a winter wonderland in southern Bayfield County. The landscape was blinding white and the jack pines and burr oaks were capped to the gills in snow. It was the first day of Wisconsin’s catch-and-release trout season and it was uncharted territory. If I’d calculated my history correctl...