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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 5/28/2013 2:50:00 PM
    May 24, 2013 By: Conservation Warden Michael Young/Bureau of Law Enforcement 'It was too late. It was my friend... And, it was preventable' Warden Michael Young of Shiocton wrote this column long before dawn on April 18, 2011. Hours earlier he helped pull his good friend's body from the river. The images from the river’s edge and the haunt...
  • 5/28/2013 2:25:00 PM
    This has been one of the coldest springs I can recall.  The smallmouth bass are just starting to spawn and most years they would be totally done by now.  Overall fishing has been improving daily with the warmer weather. Rock bass are starting to show up everywhere around the lake in 7-12 ft of water.  The best approach is a split sh...
  • 5/28/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Fishing is really very good and improving daily.  The bass and bluegills spawn is mere days away.  Most fish are starting to move into the shallows in 1-2 ft of water.  Boat traffic for this time of year is still very low due to the cool water temps. Bluegill fishing is improving daily.  The heavy spawn should happen within the...
  • 5/28/2013 2:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens The lilacs were in fragrant bloom on the shoreline of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The first ducklings of the year paddled obediently behind a hen mallard on the placid surface of Asylum Bay. I rigged a fishing rod and squinted as the sun sank deeper into the bay. The first signs of a waxing moon followed from the outer fringes of La...
  • 5/28/2013 12:50:00 PM
    May 27, 2013 Steve Suman Cool, wet conditions continue in the North Woods, though the forecasts show a short, mid-week warming trend. Anglers: Forget basing fish locations on the calendar – concern yourself with the actual conditions. The DNR increased daily walleye bag limits on 442 northern Wisconsin lakes. Check signs at boat landings, ...
  • 5/24/2013 4:10:00 PM
    May 22, 2013 BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis. – People looking for available campsites in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, Wisconsin’s largest state forest with nearly 900 available campsites, can now check campsite availability online, or if they have an iPhone, by using a newly available app. There are four modern family ca...
  • 5/24/2013 12:55:00 PM
    As you gather with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, we invite you to enjoy Wisconsin’s fantastic fishing together. Discount licenses make Wisconsin fishing -- always a great value -- even better. $5 buys an annual license for a Wisconsin resident who’s never bought a WI fishing license or who hasn’t bought one in ...
  • 5/24/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for May 23, 2013.
  • 5/24/2013 12:10:00 PM
    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. The Bass are biting everywhere on the Big Lake with the Anglers using a variety of bait, both live bait and plastics like grubs, twister tails and tube jigs have been getting the fish...
  • 5/24/2013 12:00:00 PM
    May 23, 2013 Contact(s): Steve Hewett, fisheries management, 608-267-7501 or 608-516-7207 Joe Hennessy, treaty fisheries coordinator, 608-267-9427 MADISON – Daily walleye bag limits will increase May 25 on 442 lakes in northern Wisconsin in time for the long Memorial Day weekend as spring spearing winds down by the Wisconsin bands of Chippe...
  • 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...