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3/8/2019
With Spring Turkey season just around the corner, Henry USA sent us a video now posted on our homepage that I know you’ll get a kick out of. The point is though, young hunters and smaller hunters won’t get a kick out of it at all. The wait for a gobbler can be too long to question whether or not you’re packing the right turkey load when he does show up (Dick Ellis Photo) Henry wanted to test the viability of their beautiful ...
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Great Lakes Fishing

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  • 5/19/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Unfortunately, the smelt run has diminished once again, folks. “The wind switched, started coming out of the south, and pushed everything out into the deep water,” said Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, referring to the drop-off in numbers on Friday night. Roger said he only harvested 30 lbs. of smelt last night behind his sho...
  • 5/19/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Heavy rains have rivers running high; closed or delayed opening of some ATV and mountain bike trails Parts of Wisconsin received heavy rain in the last week, with 2 to 3 inches reported in some locations. ...
  • 5/19/2014 9:25:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: The ice finally went out of Chequamegon Bay last Friday, thanks to some strong westerly winds and a lot of rain. The water is still really cold right now thoug...
  • 5/12/2014 3:15:00 PM
    Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. “It s...
  • 5/6/2014 10:40:00 AM
    DNR Public Affairs Manager Lisa Gaumnitz thought as anglers we would enjoy the appropriateness of what DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs left behind as he finished clearing out his office over the weekend and headed into retirement.  We certainly did here at On Wisconsin Outdoors.Thanks Mike.  Thanks Lisa.  
  • 5/6/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Although there is some open water behind the AmericInn on Ashland’s far east side, there is still plenty of ice out there on Chequamegon Bay. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Winds from the south cannot carry the ice ...
  • 4/30/2014 1:05:00 PM
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve had here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. In fact, the Ashland area received another 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on ...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, but i...
  • 4/10/2014 3:45:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Spring finally springing in Wisconsin: spring wildfire season underway, spring fish and wildlife hearings next week, spring peepers peeping What a difference a week can make in the Northwoods. Last week pe...
  • 4/8/2014 9:25:00 AM
    All 252 Wisconsin Kwik Trip stores statewide now carry On Wisconsin Outdoors.  To find a Kwik Trip nearest you, click here! This partnership makes the free issues of On Wisconsin Outdoorsavailable to the Wisconsin hunter and angler from Spooner and Hayward in the northwest, to Green Bay and Shawano in the northeast, to Lancas...
  • 3/30/2014 4:55:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: Unseasonably cold temperatures and 8”-12" of fresh snow have put a damper on the ice fishing this past week. Old Man Winter will not le...
  • 3/30/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • 3/26/2014 12:10:00 PM
    Dave’s Turf & Marine, a major sponsor helping to place “On Wisconsin Outdoors” in your hand at no cost for five years, is one place you’ll want to visit before the ice leaves the lakes and the grass begins to green. John Deere specials, including Deere season sales on 4-wheel steering tractors, are waiti...
  • 3/25/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    I’m sure you have all heard about the historical events this last winter of the ice coverage on the Great Lakes.  For the first time since 1979 more than 90% of all of the Great Lakes are covered in ice. The satellite pictures are startling.  Small islands of open water appear in a moonscape of ice and snow, bereft of any lights, i...
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    With the ice breaking up, slowly, and the waters of our wonderful state are starting to emerge from its winter sleep, many fisherman are thinking of the balmy days when they can get out on the lakes and rivers for a great day of fishing. There are a few dedicated fisherman that enjoy a completely different type of fishing.  They disdain the u...
  • 3/20/2014 11:05:00 AM
  • 3/14/2014 10:35:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good this past week. Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught, with a m...
  • 3/9/2014 1:15:00 PM
    The original classic Wabler that started the Williams company almost 100 years ago will include 4 new colors for the 2014 season. The Williams Wabler in sizes W40, W50 & W60 will be offered in: BDAP Bad Apple Black/Chartreuse on silver Honeycomb, ORMK Orange Monkey on Gold Honeycomb, RUFFE a classic baitfish pattern in natural browns and black...
  • 3/7/2014 5:05:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: Chequamegon Bay is accumulating a lot of slush and water under the recent snow cover. The ice roads on the bay have been abandoned due to heavy snow driftin...
  • 3/3/2014 2:45:00 PM
    Join the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and participating state agencies for a March 22 yellow perch summit. You'll get the latest research on Lake Michigan yellow perch populations, fishing and management and the opportunity to provide your input to Lake Michigan fishery managers from Wisconsin and other s...
  • 3/3/2014 2:45:00 PM
      It may not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner when many animals start their annual spawning rituals. Fish are no exception. In fact, many species undergo surprisingly long and complex migrations, often for spawning, but also for other purposes. Spring is the best time of the year to get outdoors and see a variety o...
  • 2/6/2014 8:40:00 PM
    Ice and water clarity conditions updated for sturgeon spearing season OSHKOSH – With just days to go before the 2014 Winnebago lake sturgeon spearing season opens Feb. 8, state fisheries officials report that water clarity and ice conditions, the best in a decade and the keys to spearing success, continue to improve.   -&n...
  • 12/11/2013 7:50:00 PM
    December 10, 2013 Snowmobile season on deck: Please keep the sled parked until trails are ready!MADISON -- With winter storms powering through all parts of Wisconsin in recent days ushering in snow and cold, state recreational specialists are asking snowmobilers to prep their sleds for the season but to please hold off on hitting the trails until ...