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3/8/2019
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  • 2/26/2013 12:00:00 PM
    By Darrel Pendergrass Most men of the outdoors are able to face danger without fear of injury or harm, mostly because they are intelligent and well versed in the ways of the wild. It comes with the territory. Should an outdoorsman be confronted with an edgy black bear our guy knows to hold his ground; he shouldn’t run around in circles flai...
  • 2/26/2013 11:20:00 AM
    Crappie fishing has slowed but the Gill action has been great. We have been finding gills close to structure in 10 to 20 feet of water. Waxies or Spikes on small jigs have worked well. Walleye action is fair with most fish coming in the low light hours on shiners. Northern action is still great, Large Goldens on Tip-Ups are catching most of the p...
  • 2/26/2013 10:45:00 AM
    I ran the last gasp of fuel from my ice fishing season, because like an ice-auger engine, that is what you do before you tuck it away for the season. My ice engine went out in a final roaring cloud of snow and ice. Monday night found me in Oshkosh, near the Lake Winnebago shores, with a truckload of jigs, poles, tip-ups, not to mention auger blade...
  • 2/25/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show Moves to Players Choice in Appleton APPLETON –OUTDOORLIFE recently ranked Appleton, Wisconsin #1 in their annual feature “Best Towns For Sportsmen.”  Coincidently, Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show is moving to Players Choice of the Fox Cities, located in Appleton. The...
  • 2/25/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Recent snows have hampered travel on area lakes but if you can get out the fishing has been outstanding. The crappie bite remains the bet I have seen in years.  We are catching not only numbers of fish but really nice big slab crappies as well. Most of the fish we are finding are suspended 2 to 6 feet off the bottom over  20 feet of wate...
  • 2/25/2013 2:50:00 PM
    The 2013 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System is officially over, with very similar results to the 2012 fishery.  A total of 12 fish (0 juvenile females, 7 adult females, and 5 males) were harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  There were a total of 306 fish (30 juvenile females, 131 adult females, and 145 males) harvested from L...
  • 2/25/2013 2:35:00 PM
    The 2013 sturgeon spearing season is really starting to wind down, only 3 more days left for spearers to pursue that fish of a lifetime!  That is until next February when it all starts over again, but that is a long ways off.   Harvest picked up slightly today, with a total of 14 fish (2 juvenile females, 6 adult females, and 6 mal...
  • 2/25/2013 11:20:00 AM
    The recently completed NAFA auction in Toronto Feb 21-23 saw some dramatic price increases in wild fur pelts. This reflects a combination of reduced animal populations due to the summer drought, cold winter weather and promotion of fur garments in China. Some articles like raccoon, muskrat and red foxes almost doubled in price. Even less desirable ...
  • 2/25/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Mitch Filipiak with a nice catfish Dan with a nice crappie Another nice cat. Joel, Mark and Joe with some nice slabs Another happy group with some nice crappies   Ryan with a couple of nice slab crappies  Dan with a nice cat  Chris with some nice slabs Fishing in...
  • 2/21/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Jim Olsson here, back at it again with my buddies Randy, Craig and Dan pursuing Brown trout in the Milwaukee Harbor.  Our latest trip took place on Sunday February 17th.  It was mixed clouds and sun with just a little more wind than you want while fishing from a boat in February. We arrived at 1:00pm and found that the ri...
  • 2/21/2013 8:30:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 2/20/13 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Fishing has slowed a bit from the nice pace that we had a week ago.  Still catching some nice Walleye after dusk on Large Shiners & Suckers in about 5'-15' off the weed beds.  L...
  • 2/20/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Even with the snow and winds today, spearers were still able to get out on Lake Winnebago and harvest some fish.  There were 12 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today, 8 of which were registered at Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh.  Action in this area of the lake has really picked up over the last few days, and spearers are having success....
  • 2/20/2013 11:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice With the exception of Saturday’s high pressure shut down, things have been picking up this past week out on the ice.   Gamefish are lagging from our long early ice season, but even with these fish, a pickup of action has occurred. Perch:  Good.  Some of the best reports surprisingly are...
  • 2/20/2013 9:35:00 AM
    OP-ED by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight on our plans for the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion about our intentions for the MacKenzie center in the days since we made our historic and exciting announcement about our plans for the futu...
  • 2/18/2013 4:35:00 PM
    By John Luthens Mud Lake doesn’t sound like much when you look at it strictly on a first name basis.  Even reading its statistics doesn’t invoke much more than a yawn: 165 acres with a maximum depth of around four feet.  In the winter the dissolved oxygen content falls so low that the only fish to survive are mud minnows that...
  • 2/18/2013 3:40:00 PM
    With reports of improving water clarity and nice weather today, we saw an increase in spearing effort on day 7 of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery.  The increase in effort led to a harvest of 25 fish from Lake Winnebago, including 4 fish that topped the scales at 100 pounds or more.  The largest fish of the day was an 80.3” 139.8 pou...
  • 2/18/2013 2:35:00 PM
    The 2nd weekend of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season is officially in the books, and spearers were more successful in the last two days than on opening weekend, even with the reduced effort.  Spear fishermen and fisherwomen harvested 39 fish today lake-wide, which ties the mark set on opening day.  That brings the total this weekend to 76...
  • 2/18/2013 2:15:00 PM
    The second Saturday of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day.  Water clarity conditions did improve over the last week and we saw a resurgence of sturgeon spearers take to the ice today, but the total harvest was still relatively low (37 sturgeon taken today).  The largest fish today (73.7” and 112.5 pounds) was ...
  • 2/18/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Input to help guide statewide panfish management plan Anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at more than two dozen meetings across the state in February and March. “We want to hear from the public on what they want from their panfishing experience to help guide us in developing a sta...
  • 2/18/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Panfish have started to do the traditional February slowdown. It's been a tough bite for bigger fish but they are still possible to catch. Slow down and downsize a little. There are a lot of small crappie and gills being caught providing some fun action. Just remember that these are next year’s nice ones and most of them should be given a cha...
  • 2/15/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for all species of panfish. The crappies have been very aggressive. They are suspended in 10 to 16 feet of water about 2 to 4 feet off the bottom. Use your electronics to find them and then run plastics on tiny jigs like the Northland IMPULS mayfly and tapeworm in red and orange to pick up the aggressive feeders. ...
  • 2/14/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the sturgeon spearers and sturgeon enthusiasts out there!  I know spearers would love to celebrate the harvest of a “big lady” sturgeon on Valentine’s Day, and that is just what Dale Jenkins did. Dale was thrilled to register his 74.6”, 119.0 pound female sturgeon at our Jim and Lin...
  • 2/14/2013 1:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2013 Contacts:    Rob Bohmann, 262-235-5825 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann, 608-266-0580 Poynette, WI. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is pleased to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is exploring the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus o...
  • 2/14/2013 1:45:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery has come and gone with 15 fish being harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  The number of fish harvested today is almost as many as Monday and Tuesday combined, and many spearers are reporting that water clarity is improving and they are able to see 2-4’ more than they were able to last weeke...
  • 2/13/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Half the Upriver Lakes spearers harvested fish Editor's note: This release was updated at 4:35 p.m. to reflect spearing results available late this afternoon. OSHKOSH – By the time the Lake Winnebago system upriver lakes spearing season closed at 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 12., 10 people had joined the “hundred-pounder club” by spea...