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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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  • 5/23/2013 2:00:00 PM
    So Many Lakes – So Little Time GREAT – Outstanding – Wonderful – Awesome – are just some of the words to describe what’s going on in the fishing world these days.  There are a lot of different bites going on with the late ice-out up here.  There are spawn bites, past-spawn bites, northern & bass bi...
  • 5/23/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Many of you may know that the Wisconsin DNR is currently working under a 10-year agreement with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to restore sturgeon spawning to their ancestral spawning grounds at Keshena Falls (on the upper Wolf River within the Menominee Indian Reservation), while also establishing a r...
  • 5/23/2013 1:45:00 PM
    May 22, 2013 Contact(s): Mike Staggs, DNR fisheries management director, 608-267-0796; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 MADISON - In response to Gov. Scott Walker’s announcement today unveiling the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, making available significant funding for use by state, tribal, and private fish hatcheries to produce add...
  • 5/22/2013 3:25:00 PM
    The lilacs are blooming and the crappies are biting.  It is that time of the year again when the crappies have moved up to the shallows to begin their spawning ritual.  Most fish will be suspended around shoreline timber and brush but a few will be located along side shallow stumps. To target these feisty panfish all you need is a bobber ...
  • 5/22/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Anglers will find ice off, spawn likely done, fish ready to bite MINOCQUA, Wis. -- The northern zone musky season opens May 25 and, despite a late start, the fish are likely to be done spawning in most waters and ready to feed, state fisheries experts say. “I think the musky will be largely done spawning by the weekend,” says Steve Av...
  • 5/22/2013 2:30:00 PM
    MADISON – Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the boating season, arrives with good news for efforts to keep aquatic invasive species from ruining outdoor fun on the water and Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers, state invasive species experts say. The flood of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes appears to have st...
  • 5/22/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Free Fun weekend coming June 1 – 2; prepare now to enjoy your ride MADISON – For people thinking of joining the fun on June 1-2 when registration and trail fees for all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are waived in Wisconsin, now is the time they should review safety tips so they can enjoy the trail time. Department of N...
  • 5/22/2013 11:45:00 AM
    MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Congress Supports Announcement of Walleye Initiative The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is announcing its support for Governor Scott Walker’s recently unveiled Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which aims to increase the number of walleye available in the state’s lakes by expanding production at st...
  • 5/22/2013 8:40:00 AM
    May 20, 2013 Steve Suman Mild temperatures and rain are on tap all week, weather typical of the too-long-awaited spring! With the quickly rising water temperatures, we should be approaching prime spring fishing conditions. “Old man winter finally loosened his grip on the North Woods,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Lakes are devoid...
  • 5/21/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Good Morning. Spring is catching up rather quickly. Water temps are warming enough that crappies and muskies are being seen in the shallows. No crappies bedding as of yet, but muskies are pairing up. Fishing has remained good if the weather- rain and more rain- sought to slow anglers’ attempts. Walleye: Very Good. The spawn is all but over...
  • 5/21/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Considering the late ice out, the lakes are warming at a fast rate. Some of the bigger lakes around here are in the low to mid 50's for water temperature and some of the smaller and dark colored lakes are already in the upper 50's. The lakes are changing fast and as fisherman, we need to do the same and adapt to the water temperature. It’s ea...
  • 5/20/2013 4:20:00 PM
    By John Luthens The first dandelions poked out of the yard.  The grass was slowly turning a bright shade of green that only May in Wisconsin seems to bring out, waving in a gentle breeze under a blue sky with lazy clouds and becoming greener with every ticking rise of the morning sun. The grass was long enough to warrant a first-time flyby w...
  • 5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Decent Weather & Decent Fishing We are progressing into the fishing season and it has been very good so far and this trend should continue to get better.  Quite a bit of a person’s success depends on the water temp of the lake.  Temps ranging from 42 to 49 probably mean fish are in spawn mode and in this case you want to fish r...
  • 5/20/2013 12:35:00 PM
    This spring has been very cold so the lake is still about 2 weeks behind schedule.  With the cold water temperatures the overall fishing has been on the tough side.  The best bite still remains largemouth bass in the shallows.  Largemouth bass fishing has been average.  The active fish are being caught in Trinkes or in Geneva B...
  • 5/20/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been really good.  The bass are starting to spawn in the shallows and the Northern Pike remain in the shallow weed flats feeding heavily.  Largemouth bass are in 3-4 feet of water.  The best location has been by Lake Lawn Golf Course, the Highland and Viewcrest Bays.  They are cruising the shallows b...
  • 5/20/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Wow, what a week for Ross's Sport Shop Guides and Clients! The Walleye bite was awesome with Guide Brandon Dunbar catching and Releasing 26" and 28" fish. The Walleye are in very different stages in every lake, some are still in a spawning pattern and some are post spawn. Most of the Walleye are being taken in shallow flats or close to shoreline st...
  • 5/20/2013 11:30:00 AM
    By, Dave Hraychuck May 17, 2013 What a difference a week makes! Sunshine, increasing water temperatures, and weeds starting to green up are the main ingredients for a great fishing trip! Walleye fishing has been fair to good. Fishing rock bars and weed edges with a jig and minnow, small Rapplas, or Shad Raps seem to work best.  Anglers have...
  • 5/20/2013 11:05:00 AM
    As of today (Friday 5/17/2013) we have stocked all the lakes on the Catchable Trout list except Stormy Lake in Vilas County, Lost Lake in Florence County, and Cammerer Lake in Ashland County. These three lakes are scheduled to be stocked by Friday, May 24. We want to thank every one for their patience while we waited for the ice to go off all of th...
  • 5/20/2013 10:55:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The water levels are normal in area trout streams.  Fishing has been good on the big three;  Mill Creek, Pine River, and Willow Creek.  I was out yesterday and caught a nice 18 inch brown on a Panther Martin.  The backwaters are now back to normal and the bluegills are moving in on the warm days.  I u...
  • 5/20/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Water temperatures are now in the upper 50 to lower 60 degree range and the walleyes have finished spawning. The crappies are up shallow and on the beds, and the bass are staged to begin their spring ritual.  Beth Rodgers with a nice largemouth bass Chad Shudy with a nice spring musky on 8 pound test line The walleyes ha...
  • 5/17/2013 12:35:00 PM
    May 16, 2013 Contact(s): Tom Meronek, 715-359-7582 WAUSAU – A fishkill on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir earlier this spring reduced walleye numbers significantly but was not as severe as expected given extremely low oxygen levels at the time, a recent survey of the reservoir’s fish populations shows. The May 7 survey also showed that ...
  • 5/17/2013 12:00:00 PM
    May 17, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement DNR Customer Service Staff to wear life jackets to work today: National Safe Boating Week starts tomorrow Safety is cool, hip -- and fashionable. And today the Friday look for DNR customer service staffers is business "safety" casual. If you stop in at a DNR Customer Service Center today...
  • 5/17/2013 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports their crew did not get any smelt again on May 15th. That’s two nights in a row now that they came up empty in their nets. They will continue to try again but it seems to have slowed down now. We are not sure what the weekend holds for smelt...
  • 5/16/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Big Splash! June 24-June 28 An experiential, two-graduate credit class offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Viterbo University. Using the Coughlin Center as our base camp, we’ll venture out to explore Lake Winnebago’s unique fishery, wade a nearby stream and spend time in the lab learning just ...
  • 5/16/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: You may know that the Winnebago System has the largest naturally reproducing population of lake sturgeon in the world, but you may not know that there are numerous other active sturgeon restoration and management programs within the state of Wisconsin.  One example is the program to rehabilitate the lake s...