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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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  • 5/1/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2013 sturgeon spawning migration is in full swing and sturgeon are now spawning throughout the Winnebago System.  Reports from this morning indicate that fish were spawning in Berlin and Princeton on the upper Fox River, the Manawa Dam on the Little Wolf River, and at various sites throughout the Wolf ...
  • 5/1/2013 9:45:00 AM
      Catching and eating Wisconsin fish is fun and good for you! DNR and the state health department provide voluntary fish consumption advice to help you enjoy eating your catch while reducing your intake of environmental contaminants that may have built up in the fish. Find personalized advice for your favorite fishing spot See the general ...
  • 5/1/2013 9:35:00 AM
    April 30, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Wisconsin conservation wardens again are fielding questions from anglers wondering if the Alabama Fishing Rig and the Umbrella Fishing Rig are legal to use in this state. The answer remains the same as it was during the 2012 season. It depends upon how you use these rigs. The Alabama Fi...
  • 4/30/2013 1:05:00 PM
    The cooler than average temperatures this April have kept the water temperatures lower than normal.  Overall panfishing has been pretty good and a nice run of warm sunny days will help to improve the fishing.  Opening Day for game fish is this coming Saturday. Bluegill action seems to be the most consistent bite.  The fish I’v...
  • 4/30/2013 1:00:00 PM
    The water temperature remains cold.  The cool nights have made fishing tough this year.  The best bite on the lake remains yellow perch as they continue to be in the shallow waters.  Remember that Opening Day is the first Saturday in May. Perch fishing has been good in 3-4 ft of water.  The best location has been by Fontana Bea...
  • 4/30/2013 12:40:00 PM
    April 29, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden extends all-volunteer guard shifts into May, volunteers needed Warden Supervisor April Dombrowski of Oshkosh says the weekend’s warmer temperatures have heated the water to nearly ideal spawning conditions for the sturgeon to start later today or tomorrow on the Wolf River....
  • 4/30/2013 12:25:00 PM
    I wish we had some good news for the opener, but, we don't! Despite a third day of 60+ weather, we aren't loosing ice fast enough to insure open water come May 4th.  On one measurement from Friday evening, April 26 until early Sunday morning April 28, we had lost only 1" of ice.  A measurement of 24" of ice as of today (4/29) on Lake Min...
  • 4/30/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon spawning has gotten underway on the Wolf River and we actually handled our first spawning fish today!  Fish are currently spawning at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, and the Pines (spawning site on private property).  There are also some fish at Pfeifer Park in New...
  • 4/30/2013 9:35:00 AM
    DNR fish biologists from across Wisconsin will be online, ready to answer your questions about the status of the state’s fishery and current conditions on lakes and rivers, during a May 1 live chat from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.To participate, visit the DNR home page, dnr.wi.gov, and look for the advertisement to enter the chat, or search the phrase ...
  • 4/29/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The warm weather over the last 3-5 days has increased water temperatures on the Wolf River, which has led to increased sturgeon activity.  Typically sturgeon exhibit some pre-spawn behaviors that allow us to predict roughly when spawning will take place.  The first behavior is porpoising (rising up ab...
  • 4/29/2013 10:20:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. New additions to fishing clinic and Angler Education Intructor Certification workshop listings have just been posted. Here's your chance to learn to fish or get certified to teach someone else in ...
  • 4/26/2013 11:40:00 AM
    GREEN BAY -- This year’s unseasonably cold weather has the sturgeon population holding tight on its annual spawning run, putting sturgeon guards on ice for the time being. Typically, peak spawning of the prehistoric fish takes place between April 15 and May 1. “What the fish really need to begin spawning is water temperatures between 5...
  • 4/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources complete Outdoor Report summary for April 25, 2013. Spring’s Jekyll and Hyde act appears to have had its -- now its spring, now its winter -- run. Warm weather and sun shine are in the forecast for the coming days. The remaining snow and ice across the northern part of the state are melting. Song bir...
  • 4/26/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon and Walleye Enthusiasts: Despite the below average spring temperatures up to this point, our fisheries management team in Oshkosh has been busy in the field conducting stock assessments for yellow perch and walleye, with sturgeon work just around the corner.  The ice went out on the Wolf River between April 5-6,...
  • 4/26/2013 9:30:00 AM
    April 25, 2013 CONTACT:  Kevin Harter, DNR Northern Region public affairs manager, 715-635-4242 or 715-416-2230 CABLE, Wis. -- The 48th Governor’s Fishing Opener – the official beginning of Wisconsin’s big game fishing season – casts off May 4 on Bayfield County’s Lake Namekagon, a premier walleye, northern pike...
  • 4/26/2013 8:55:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, (715)-682-3232, http://www.riverrockinn.net reports: The Chequamegon Bay Area still has a good sheet of ice right now. The snow that we received in the past two weeks has been a good insulation and the unseasonably cool evenings have kept the ice in place. So at this time the Smelt hav...
  • 4/25/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Winter just will not let go! Fresh snow on Monday night into Tuesday morning is delaying open water more and more. It is also making ice conditions tougher to get around for guys still out on the hard water taking advantage of the long, late season ice. Fishermen are catching all species right now in certain areas. Old weed beds from the past se...
  • 4/25/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Great walleye bite on the Wisconsin River right now.  Lots of nice eating sized fish being caught and a few very nice slot fish (20 to 28 inches) as well.  Most of the action has been coming on lead head jigs tipped with fathead minnows working the deeper pools in the river but lately with the higher faster water a lot of the fish have sl...
  • 4/23/2013 11:00:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The delayed spring weather is causing irritation to both people and animals. Sandhill cranes walking through nearly a foot of snow appear somewhat befuddled – and the Monday/Tuesday forecast predicts up to another 11 inches of snow. We are already more than a month into spring and have yet to enjoy any real spring weather! Pa...
  • 4/22/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Wow, we're going into the end of April and I have to do an Ice fishing report. Most lakes still have 15 to 20 inches of ice in most places and the Crappie are hitting good, Tip Downs or Deadsticks and Crappie minnows are doing well. For the fishermen that like to jig, small spoons or jigs with plastics are doing good. The Crappie are suspended hig...
  • 4/22/2013 2:10:00 PM
    This crazy April just won’t quit!  Following low temps in the single digits Saturday (4/20), overnight temps into Monday morning were a full 30 degrees warmer.  An afternoon of driving and drilling the lakes of this area (LDF, Minocqua, St. Germain) found that truck travel is done.  It’s not the ice thickness that is the ...
  • 4/19/2013 1:05:00 PM
    As you read this and think about all the great opportunities we have here in Wisconsin please remember all the people in Boston Massachusetts and West Texas as they have had to deal with great loss this past week. I have friends in Boston and after talking with them, personally understand just how hard this past week has been on them as well as oth...
  • 4/19/2013 12:25:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Reports Call the local bait shops for any fishing news! (Anglers All, 715-682-5754 or River Rock, 715-682-3232). The Ashland Chamber will have a "Smelt Hotline" on 800-284-9484 or check out our website at www.visitashland.com. What is “Smelt Season” All About? The "Smelt Run" in the Chequamegon Ba...
  • 4/17/2013 2:15:00 PM
    By Steve Suman It is mid-April, but last weekend’s weather was more akin to February, and this week the forecast again shows chances of snow nearly every day. There is not much more to say at this point, but with two feet of ice remaining on most lakes and gamefish opener only three weeks distant, we need some significant weather changes &nd...
  • 4/17/2013 1:20:00 PM
    MADISON – The state is revising its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters and invites anglers and others to provide ideas for future management goals and tasks. “We’re starting another 10-year look forward and want to know if people have advice for continuing some of the great fishing the ...