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Hunting the Rut     Oh the things we see during the rut. After watching these bucks clash during a North Dakota bird hunt in late October, Ellis snapped this shot of the victor looking for more as the half-rack headed for the hills. We believe the antler was lost in the fight. If you’re a bow hunter, you look forward to these precious but fleeting days of November, and late October, like no other. As a writer, I’ve alw...
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Fly Fishing in Wisconsin

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  • 10/10/2018 12:50:00 PM
    Sauk Creek in Port Washington is a must-see destination for the Lake Michigan salmon run in Wisconsin By John Luthens Round about harvest time, when the late-season flowers blossom along the streets of Port Washington, Wisconsin, and the Lake Michigan mists of autumn rise from the cold waves to shroud Church Hill in their blankets; a venturing an...
  • 10/5/2018 11:05:00 AM
    By John Luthens The last day of the inland trout season is floating around the bend – closing on October 15 – but don’t pack away the waders and trout rods just yet. The last weeks are some of the most scenic and satisfying, and the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, stretching from Lacrosse to northeastern border of Iow...
  • 10/5/2018 10:45:00 AM
    Inland trout fishing continues through Oct. 15 Even in areas hit with historic flooding this August, Wisconsin trout populations are holding strong and anglers can expect good opportunities for fishing. As water levels return to more normal levels, anglers can enjoy the benefits of the harvest season running through Oct. 15. Read the rest...
  • 9/26/2018 6:50:00 AM
    By John Luthens Insects hummed above the greening banks and the lush smells of spring were blooming across the water when a brown trout first rose to a caddis fly in a northern river valley. He surfaced with a predators force, and nothing was left behind after he went back down but a snapped fly and the start of an obsession. Wisconsin hides unto...
  • 6/28/2018 12:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens For a beginner, the dainty art of fly fishing can rapidly degenerate into a tangled snarl of confusion before the first cast is even arched over the water. Leaders, tippets and knots; sinking line, floating line, wet flies, dry flies, nymphs, streamers and goofy-sounding insects – all of it running together into a tiny crossw...
  • 5/30/2018 5:55:00 PM
    More than 400 projects improving trout habitat on more than 100 miles of streams are now easier for inland anglers to find and fish. Their locations and details have been added to DNR's online T.R.O.U.T. tool, giving you a ready resource to guide you to stream segments where fish populations and angler access benefit f...
  • 5/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Jerry Kiesow  I reached for the log, and the log submerged – it was a floater - and I followed it . . . down. I spread all the items from the vest out on the tailgate of the truck so they would dry. Where do I begin? I have been paddling a canoe for decades and aside from the times when I was negotiating whitewater, have never exp...
  • 3/26/2018 9:00:00 AM
    (Small Water, Big Fish, and Big Fun) By John Luthens             A swirling chill circled in the Lake Michigan morning and crested the waves in the Wisconsin harbor city of Port Washington as I stood on the lip of the brushy valley of Sauk Creek, a winding and rocky snake that pushes itself through the quiet town bef...
  • 3/23/2018 2:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens   The Winneboujou Bridge, spanning the Bois Brule River in northern Douglas County. (Pencil Sketch by Daniel Luthens)               Tucked beneath red-pine shadows in a furthest corner of northwest Wisconsin is a bridge named Winneboujou; stone pilings stretch...
  • 2/19/2018 4:10:00 PM
    (A photography and fly-tying presentation by OWO contributors John Luthens and Jerry Kiesow)  Gordon MacQuarrie cast his final, Wisconsin line over 60 years ago, but the words he left behind continue to capture the hearts of sportsman outdoor enthusiasts, and they continue to be relevant for trout fishermen everywhere. Born in Superior, Wi...
  • 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...