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2/12/2018
Joseph Orlando with the largest sturgeon speared opening weekend, at 147.3 pounds. Hanging out at Wendt’s Landing opening morning with camera and notebook on the west shore of Lake Winnebago to greet successful sturgeon spearers at that registration station has proven to be an annual event for Scott Heitman and me.  2018 was no exception.  According to Fisheries Biologist Dave Bartz of Wautoma during our mid-morning interview a...
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  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The sturgeon harvest on Lake Winnebago picked up today, as 51 fish were registered today.  The registration station at Wendt’s was the busiest with 17 fish registered, followed by Payne’s Point (8), Jerry’s Bar (7), Calumet Harbor (6), Stockbridge Harbor (5), and Waverly...
  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Today we highlight the season of 40 years ago (1978).  For starters, the 1978 season only included a fishery on Lake Winnebago.  Water clarity coming into the season was good (average 14’ of clarity) and ice conditions allowed for safe travel. Thus, spearers were anxiously awaiting the season getting started. However, the largest sn...
  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: We are now half way through the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago.  We have been hearing reports for the last few days that the water has gradually been clearing and there must be some truth to that given the harvest over the last two days.  The 119 fish registered the past two days (51 y...
  • 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...
  • 2/16/2018 9:40:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today’s harvest from Lake Winnebago included 33 fish.  The south end continues to produce the best with Wendt’s (11 fish), Calumet Harbor (8 fish), and Jerry’s Bar (6) registering the most fish.  The north shore stations have been very slow with Waverly Beach, St...
  • 2/16/2018 9:25:00 AM
    It has been another fantastic week here in Central Wisconsin. The fishing has been very good for all species with panfish taking the top spot again for consistent action. Walleye and pike have been fairly active with some pretty decent ones being caught. Most of the panfish are being caught by jigging in shallow water with tear-drop style jigs.&nbs...
  • 2/15/2018 10:05:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  There were 24 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today bringing the season total to 253.  Calumet Harbor (Pipe) paced the way with 7 fish while Stockbridge Harbor and Jerry’s Bar (Oshkosh) each registered 4.  On the season, Wendt’s has a pretty good lead on all other s...
  • 2/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
    February 12, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman The forecast for this week shows high temperatures from 15 to 40 degrees and lows from -6 to 20 degrees, with a few snow chances. It will be winter in the North Woods for a while yet, but we are already almost in the second half of February! The 2018 Sawyer County Fi...
  • 2/15/2018 9:50:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The big question coming into today was how long the spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes would last.  We were only 2 adult females away from the 90% trigger and 11 adult females from the 100% season closure.  Well it literally came down to the wire.  At 1:50, we were still...
  • 2/14/2018 10:50:00 AM
    The donors of Aurora Health Care Foundation are committed to transforming care and building stronger, healthier communities.  Behind each donation is a desire to make the world a healthier place.   After 10 days in intensive care, Vivian was transferred to a room on the rehab floor. "I ended up hospitalized for a total of 32 days," ...
  • 2/14/2018 10:50:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts:   For starters, I’ve been informed that I forgot to send the daily harvest summary sheet showing how many fish were registered at each station. So I have attached that summary to this email.  You may remember that last season I chronicled some past sturgeon spearing se...
  • 2/13/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts:   Spearers harvested 109 fish from the Winnebago System today with 48 coming from Lake Winnebago and 61 from the Upriver Lakes.  This included 2 very nice fish, one from Lake Winnebago and one from the Upriver Lakes.  The biggest fish on the system today was 153.7 pounds, 79...
  • 2/12/2018 5:50:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Opening weekend of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is now in the books. The harvest from Lake Winnebago remained low today (56 fish), but the Upriver Lakes continues to produce fish for spearers (68 fish). We have now reached 66% of the adult female harvest cap for the Upriver Lake...
  • 2/12/2018 5:50:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Opening weekend of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is now in the books. The harvest from Lake Winnebago remained low today (56 fish), but the Upriver Lakes continues to produce fish for spearers (68 fish). We have now reached 66% of the adult female harvest cap for the Upriver Lake...
  • 2/11/2018 4:05:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Opening day of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season has come and gone and I’m sure many spearers are now wondering how todays harvest went. For the most part, things went as we would have anticipated with less than ideal water clarity conditions. Lake Winnebago was on the slower side wit...
  • 2/11/2018 4:05:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   In addition to the information included in the primary report that was just mailed, I wanted to add a story line to this season's opening day.  After all, it is the people, and the social aspects of sturgeon spearing that make this a truly special sport. ...
  • 2/11/2018 3:55:00 PM
        Mepps Adds Flashabou Dressing To Its Aglia   Cover water with the all-new Mepps® Aglia® Flashabou. The new Mepps® Aglia® Flashabou combines the vibration and flash of a classic Mepps Aglia blade with a highly reflective, hand-tied flashabou tail for attractive, shimmering action in the wate...
  • 2/11/2018 3:55:00 PM
    Minden, LA – It’s a new year and Mister Twister is offering new products and new colors in multiple product lines. MAG 12 BUZZ Worm New Product in 11 colors: Cranapple Watermelon Red Green Pumpkin Red River Special (laminated) Red Bug Plum Plum Apple Blue Fleck Rayburn Bug (laminated) Black/Blue Flake Junebug ...
  • 2/11/2018 3:45:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Carolyn from Angl...
  • 2/9/2018 9:45:00 AM
      Adventure in style in the ultimate freedom machine! One very lucky winner will score this custom-built 4x4 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It's one of only two "Black Armor" edition Jeep Wranglers ever produced by American Custom Jeep. This menacing, all-American Super Jeep is ...
  • 2/9/2018 9:35:00 AM
    Hello Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource conservation wardens have received and answered a lot of questions leading up to this year’s spearing season. Wardens wish to remind sturgeon spearers of the following often asked questions about regulations regarding tags and registration. Spearers are required t...
  • 2/7/2018 8:20:00 AM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearers: There has been a lot of interest in water clarity conditions on Lake Winnebago recently. We had a couple of our technicians out checking water clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday and then at a couple of spots on Lake Poygan today. You may recall from my report in early January that water clarity averaged...
  • 2/7/2018 8:15:00 AM
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  • 2/7/2018 8:10:00 AM
    There is a great bite going on now and continuing thru the winter on big Lake Michigan, just south of Milwaukee. The area that you want to target is the waters around the warm water discharges of the Oak Creek Power Plant. The lake stays open near the power plant allowing for open water fishing on nice days. The best place to launch is Bender Park ...