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3/5/2020
In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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  • 3/25/2020 9:15:00 AM
    March 23, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates somewhat of a roller coaster ride on the weather front this week, which includes everything from snow to sunshine, and temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to the mid-50s. Thursday and Friday look like good days for outdoor recreation (keep your distance!), and then again Sunday and Monday...
  • 3/17/2020 9:45:00 AM
    March 16, 2020 Steve Suman   Spring officially starts March 19 this year, the earliest since 1896, but this week does not look all that “springy,” judging from the current forecast. We should see a varied mix of weather, from rain to snow to sunshine (not much of that), as well as temperatures ranging from the mid-40 highs ...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Contact(s): Travis Motl, Fisheries Biologist, 920-387-7873, Travis.Motl@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:46:48 pm Fort Atkinson, Wis. - Effective April 1, anglers looking to harvest walleye, sauger and hybrids from Lake Koshkonong and connected waters may only keep three fish in total per day of a minimum of 18 inches in length. The continu...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Contact(s): Adam Nickel, 920-424-3059, adam.nickel@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:47:01 pm OSHKOSH, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working to inform Winnebago System walleye anglers of walleye bag limit changes as the open water season approaches. Effective April 1, 2020, the daily walleye bag limit will...
  • 3/17/2020 9:35:00 AM
    Contact(s): Jordan Weeks, Mississippi River fisheries team supervisor, 608-386-0970, Jordan.Weeks@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:46:56 pm LA CROSSE, Wis. - New fishing regulations for the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters of the Mississippi River will go into effect on April 1, 2020. The Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Re...
  • 3/13/2020 9:05:00 AM
    March 9, 2020 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   The North Woods enjoyed another mild and sunny weekend, with temperatures even reaching into the 50s! This week looks as if the weather will revert to old habits, however. Temperatures will slowly drop into the 30s for highs and a few single-digit nights for lows. We are moving...
  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    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! Anglers All ...
  • 3/13/2020 8:50:00 AM
    Become a certified Angler Education (R3) Instructor by attending a training workshop.  You have two chances in the near future! 1. Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. We'll even provide dinner so you don't have to scurry home first!  Registration Deadline for West Allis workshop: Noon on Wednesday, M...
  • 2/24/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Published February 21, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Brook Trout caught during early catch and release season in Richland County.Photo credit: Dan Walchak. Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at w...
  • 2/24/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Think Smart Before You Start. Be More Than Safe.    Contact(s): DNRPress@Wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3143February 21, 2020 at 4:37:00 pm MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around, especially in the northern part of the state. And w...
  • 2/24/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Daily Highlights Just three days remain in the 2020 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System. Surprisingly, the harvest from Lake Winnebago (28 fish) was higher than I would have expected and the Upriver Lakes harvest (1 fish) was less than I expected. Today's harvest brings the...
  • 2/24/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Bird Crisis Reinvigorates Statewide Bird Conservation Coalition New Name, New Logo, New Push to Enhance Critical Habitat Contact(s): Craig Thompson, NHC Program Integration Chief, 608-785-1277, Craig.Thompson@wisconsin.govKaren Etter Hale, chair of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership, 920-245-1395, wbcibird@gmail.com MADISON, Wis.&nb...
  • 2/21/2020 6:45:00 AM
    Contact(s): Adam Nickel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist, 920-424-3059, adam.nickel@wisconsin.govBruce Loberg, Butte des Morts Conservation Club, 920-209-5300, bwloberg@surecontrols.comChad Casper, Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department, 920-232-1955, CCasper@co.winnebago.wi.usFebruary 2...
  • 2/19/2020 7:35:00 AM
    DNR Senior Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs writes: There were 17 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System on day 11 of the 2020 spear fishery with 13 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 4 from the Upriver Lakes. The first 11 days of the season have included a total harvest of 296 fish from Lake Winnebago and 270 fish from the ...
  • 2/19/2020 7:30:00 AM
    Two weekends of the gamefish season left.  If the results from the past few weeks are any indication, there should be plenty of Walleye and Pike left! Actually, fishing seemed to improve as we got into the weekend, until Saturday evening when conditions changed and the bite shut down through Sunday. Yellow Perch:  Good-Poor (Sunday) &nd...
  • 2/18/2020 7:15:00 AM
    February 17, 2020 Steve Suman This week will bring an “interesting” mix of weather that includes snow, wintry mix, freezing drizzle, sunshine, and temperatures ranging from a low of about -15 degrees to a high in the low 40s! Overall, the area should offer very good conditions for the 46th Annual American Birkebeiner Wednesd...
  • 2/18/2020 7:10:00 AM
    ishing WisconsinWinnebago System sturgeon spearing 2020 February 17, 2020. There were 30 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System today with 23 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 7 from the Upriver Lakes. Stockbridge Harbor led the way with 7 fish registered followed by Jim and Linda's with 6 and Payne's Point and Wendt's each with 5 ...
  • 2/17/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Brandon Lamers registerd the largest fish on the Upriver Lakes on 2/15/2020. Brandon registered his 63.1 pound, 61.3 inch lake sturgeon at Indian Point. February 16, 2020. The 2nd weekend of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season has now concluded. The 41 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today was the 2nd highest daily harvest for the season, be...
  • 2/14/2020 6:20:00 AM
    Diana Sanders registered the biggest fish of the day on 2/12/2020. She registered her 111.5 pound, 72.8 inch fish at Critter's! February 13, 2020. - There were 27 lake sturgeon harvested on day 6 of the 2020 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System. Today's harvest of 17 fish from Lake Winnebago brings the season total to 143 fish, ...
  • 2/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Today was day 4 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season, meaning that 25% of the season is now complete. There were 35 lake sturgeon harvested today with 15 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes. The Upriver Lakes harvest included 4 ad...
  • 2/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
    Enroll in DMAP to improve wildlife habitat and hunting experiences on the property you own or hunt! Healthy habitat is the key to sustainable wildlife populations, and the Deer Management Assistance Program provides habitat management resources for a wide variety of species and outcomes on properties of any size. The benefits available through DMA...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    February 10, 2020 Steve Suman   The past weekend saw reasonably moderate temperatures (for February), but this week will see a return to more typical temperatures, with lows dropping to double-digit subzero numbers a few nights. Some wind and flurries in the forecast, too, with high temperatures ranging from 4-32 degrees.   “Fi...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   There were 32 lake sturgeon harvested during day 3 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System. The 13 fish registered from Lake Winnebago today bring the season total to 87 fish, while the 19 fish registered on the Upriver Lakes bring that season t...
  • 2/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
    We are hosting an all-women’s event August 7-9th at Camp Bird in Crivitz, WI for ages 18 and up, where we are offering outdoor activities in a welcome, unpretentious environment. We are partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local chapters of nonprofit organizations, and area businesses to offer you this opportu...