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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 6/12/2013 10:05:00 AM
    My daughter and I have just enough common ground between us to come to a mutual understanding.  The mutual part is often up in the air.  Sometimes, even the understanding seems a stretch. My daughter loves to dance.  She is very good at it.  I trip over my own two feet on the way to the refrigerator for a snack, which means any...
  • 6/11/2013 3:30:00 PM
    What looks to have been the last week of unsettled weather for a while...? Fishing success seemed to follow the same up and down, can't seem to get a finger on it pattern that plagued the weathermen. Had some excellent fishing, followed by good fishing, followed by -what just happened? Warmer weather, let's hope things move nicely into summer patt...
  • 6/11/2013 1:20:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This week looks to be one of the better ones for this spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70, a few chances for rain, and fog the only ‘white stuff’ in the forecast! “We are nearly a month into open water fishing season,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and it is quite a different season. Fishing su...
  • 6/11/2013 10:20:00 AM
    The rainy weather finally broke on Monday and the water temps climbed from the low 60's to the mid to upper 60's in a matter of hours. With the warmer water temps the Bluegill, Crappie, and Bass all moved back super shallow and tight to wood. Walleye are scattered from shallow to deep and starting to eat Crawlers and Leeches. I had clients out for...
  • 6/10/2013 10:35:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock are producing good crappie action. They have been biting on pink and white jigs fished during early morning or evening hours. Cloudy days with a little wind are the best. Bluegills are starting to pick up using wax worms  with small bobber fished in openings of lily pa...
  • 6/10/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Wardens to have decontamination unit at Pewaukee landing; free boat washes Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens will be at Waukesha County’s boat landings, and bait, sport and dive shops this Saturday as part of a collaborative group effort to protect Wisconsin’s waters from destructive aquatic invasive species. The DN...
  • 6/7/2013 5:20:00 PM
    Cool, wet conditions have dampened outdoor activities Cool, wet conditions have dampened outdoor enthusiasm for many across Wisconsin, and the weather has had a lingering effect on later than usual budding, blooming and bird arrivals. Several weeks after one of the biggest wildfires in Wisconsin history, the Germann Road Fire has officially decla...
  • 6/7/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Ashland Chamber of Commerce Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports: The Big Lake has great fishing right now. Bass are biting and starting to make beds and the trolling has been bringing in Trout and Salmon for the Anglers on the outside of the Bay. Most fishing is being done at Sand...
  • 6/7/2013 4:55:00 PM
    Recent rains have water levels very high and dirty causing a lot of the river related fish to relocate to backwater areas. Walleyes have been very active in 4 to 8 feet of water following the recent rains. Jig and minnow combinations in non current areas has been the ticket this past week.  Bass action has been very good on the main lake areas...
  • 6/7/2013 4:10:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck The last week or so rain suits have been as important as bait, rods, and reels! Cool weather and lots of rain have made fishing difficult here in northwestern Wisconsin but not impossible.  On the days when the sun does come out, look out! Walleyes are off the new weed edges. Jigs and leeches or slip bobbers and leeches see...
  • 6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Wind, Rain, Cold – Nothing is Stopping the Fish Hi Folks – Even with all the weird weather, the fishing continues to thump.  With the exception of a couple of days last week, walleyes continue to provide anglers with good action.  The past three days we boated 150 walleyes despite thunderstorms and then frost the other mornin...
  • 6/6/2013 11:25:00 AM
    By: Steve Suman Our non-typical spring has offered a few (very infrequent) warm, humid days – and the forecast for this week simply shows more of the mild/moist/cool weather. All we can do is make the best of it – it certainly appears the biting bugs are doing just that! “With the continuing cool spring weather, we are still at ...
  • 6/5/2013 12:40:00 PM
    I thought we were in the clear, but Mother Nature has her own ideas. Wind switches and cold temps have confused fish and fishermen alike. It’s been tough getting a handle on the bites as things seem to be in a constant state of change here in the Northwoods. Pike: Good to Very good. This species seems to not mind the cooler than usual temps ...
  • 6/4/2013 11:45:00 PM
    The crappies right now are all the rage. They are in the shallows and biting. Find the cover the crappies like to spawn in and you will have fun catching right now. Throwing bobbers rigged with a small jig head and crappie minnow are sure to entice just about any spawner into biting. If you prefer the plastics, they are biting on those as well. F...
  • 6/4/2013 3:50:00 PM
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  • 6/4/2013 9:40:00 AM
    Panfishing continues to be great in the shallows, both Crappie and Bluegill are shallow and hitting well. Walleye fishing is still ok, with a lot of 10 to 14 inch fish being caught, some are still shallow and some are sliding back into 10 to 15 feet water, minnows seem to be the choice bait yet but the leech bite is getting better fast. ...
  • 6/3/2013 2:50:00 PM
    By John Luthens “Look here, boy!  I am fed up…Up to here!  Get your fishin’ tackle, such as it is, and meet me in half an hour by yonder blooming lilac bush.” - Mr. President, from Gordon MacQuarrie’s “Just the River.” It only took a moment for a final load of gear to land into the back of my ...
  • 6/3/2013 2:15:00 PM
    “Rob and Steve Tobin caught and released this 21 pound brown trout trolling the Milwaukee harbor this weekend.  Watch for their ongoing columns and videos  on hunting and fishing Wisconsin in On Wisconsin Outdoors and this website.”
  • 6/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
    As long as the weather keeps warming, the fishing keeps improving daily.  This past week we had significant SW winds which made most of the lake unfishable. I’ve been catching most of my fish from the Abbey Springs area to the Military Academy. Rock bass are in the shallows in 10-15 ft of water.  The best approach is a split shot r...
  • 6/3/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Fishing remains above average overall.  Most of the fish remain in the shallow waters, under 10 ft for the most part.  The best bite on the lake is Bluegills and Largemouth bass. Crappie fishing has been above average by Belvidere Park or by Brown Channel.  The best depth has been 7-10 ft of water on the weedline.  You want to ...
  • 6/3/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Brian Miller of Green Bay caught this 20-3/4” walleye on May 23 while fishing in Oneida County using a jig and minnow wile guided by Jeff Winters. Brandon Mueller of Madison, Wisc, caught this nice 19-1/2” smallmouth bass on May 13 while fishing in Oneida County using a jig and minnow combination, guided by Jeff Winters...
  • 6/3/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Paula Grant of Sussex caught this 18-1/2 walleye while guided by Jeff Winters May 16 in Oneida County using a jig and minnow combination. Craig Sobieski of South Milwaukee was fishing Oneida County on May 17 with a jig and minnow combination and caught this 19” smallmouth bass – guided by Jeff Winters. Kevin Sobi...
  • 6/3/2013 12:15:00 PM
        Matt Johnson of Menomonee Falls caught this nice 18” walleye while fishing in Vilas County on May 18 with guide Jeff Winters, using a jig and minnow. Jeff Dopper of Oconomowoc caught this 18” smallmouth on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage May 15 while guided by Jeff Winters, using a jig and minnow.
  • 6/3/2013 11:55:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock are producing some nice bluegills. Fishing was great with the fly rod and a tantalizing rubber spider.   The northern pike action is picking up and a great time to find some nice size ones. I like spinners with buck tails in colors of orange or green. Trout acti...
  • 6/3/2013 10:55:00 AM
    May 30, 2013 Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin. Reports: The Big Lake may be muddy right now but fishing is still great. Bass are in pre-spawn and starting to spawn mode. Most fishing is being done at Sand Cut, Oak Point and Brush Point areas, depending on water clarity. Trout and Salmon...