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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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  • 2/5/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Lake sturgeon have been around for 150 million years and survived whatever killed the dinosaurs. Learn some of their secrets to a long life and how Wisconsin is protecting and restoring their populations in today’s Sturgeon Week feature, All About Sturgeon.
  • 2/5/2013 1:35:00 PM
    Want to know how many 12- and 13-year-olds bought spearing licenses under a new law and will join their families on the ice this year? Or see what our new sturgeon biologist says about the number of really big sturgeon in the Winnebago System? View Spearing Season Prospects.
  • 2/5/2013 10:05:00 AM
    By John Luthens February mornings in Wisconsin are dawning earlier.  The glow in the eastern sky is getting steadily stronger as the sun shifts from its winter hibernation.  And the groundhogs come out of their holes on the second day of the month to take a chance on the weather, possibly to welcome an early spring- or possibly to go bac...
  • 2/4/2013 4:15:00 PM
    The panfish were a little harder to get to bite the last few but they still can be caught. Gills have moved off the cribs and we are getting them on the mud bottom areas of the lake in 18 to 25 feet of water. The Crappie are in the same areas, I have been using spikes or waxies on small heavy jigs for the Gills and Ratsos for the Crappie. Walleye ...
  • 2/4/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Good morning! Opening day of the Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season is less than a week away. Meet your new sturgeon biologist, Ryan Koenigs. Catch Sturgeon Week, our multi-media countdown featuring videos, an interactive timeline, sturgeon fast facts and more. Day 1: Sturgeon History Coming tomorrow: Day 2: Sturgeon season prospec...
  • 2/4/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Zorin and the boys form Flapjack Productions doing an ice fishing TV show with us. All set up and ready to fish The boys from Integrity Excavating with a good days catch. Some of our catch with the boys from Integrity Excavating. Good walleye bite for anglers willing to stick it out after dark.  Larg...
  • 2/4/2013 11:35:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis If a picture is worth 1000 words, I don’t have to bore you with 17,000 words now that we posted a ton of photos from our ice assault Sunday on Moose Lake in Waukesha County.  And what does that story tell? Well, flags flew, and so did the snow, venison steaks sizzled on the grill, fish were caught, and the proverbial bull...
  • 2/1/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Boating season is not that far away; NOW is the time to get ready! Check your boat decals now.  If they have expired or are missing, you can renew your registration or request replacement decals using DNR's Online Registration System at dnr.wi.gov, click on Register boat/ATV/snowmobile under Quick Tasks.  It's fast; it's easy; and you wi...
  • 1/30/2013 2:05:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This “Dick’s Trip” column on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir near Wausau takes place in 2004 with tremendous Professional Guide Phil Schweik. Schweik is an all season Wisconsin licensed guide and owner of Hooksetters Fishing Services, which in addition to guiding offers fishing products and seminar s...
  • 1/30/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Crappie fishing has been good, the early springs the last few years have been great to the Crappie and Bluegill population, Plastics are still my go to bait, but reports of people catching a good number of fish on Waxies, and Minnows as well. Small spoons like Swedish Pimples or Little Cecil tipped with a Gulp minnow head are doing good for me at t...
  • 1/30/2013 8:30:00 AM
    After last week’s frigid temps ice thickness has really increased. The snow we had last weekend will help with foot travel BUT we now have freezing rain and warm temps which may cause some slush to develop. The weather is predicted to get very cold by the end of the week. Ice travel by vehicle or foot should be good as everything should freez...
  • 1/29/2013 3:25:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 10 inches thick.  It is much easier to walk out as most sloughs are frozen.  There is not much snow on the top so I would suggest wearing ice cleats. The best fish bite is the last hour before sunset or the first hour after sunrise.  Oth...
  • 1/29/2013 12:40:00 PM
    By John Luthens When I first ran into Andrew Drasch, I was ahead of schedule. It looked like I was going to get to work early for a change, but it turned out I rolled into the job site later than usual; which is to say, early enough to not get fired but late enough to bounce that possibility around the shop floor a few times. It was just a quick ...
  • 1/28/2013 11:15:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Wisconsin top guide Jim Hudson lost his life on Lake Superior Saturday.  In this photo taken with On Wisconsin Outdoors in 2011, he shows Dick Ellis how to catch pike near Ashland. Husband and exceptional Wisconsin fishing guide Jim Hudson lost his life on Lake Superior Saturday when his snowmobile broke through the ice in th...
  • 1/24/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Panfish action has been good even with the cold weather.  We have been getting Crappie over deep mud flats, I have been using plastic and my electronics to catch fish but other fishermen are using Tip-Downs and Minnows with good luck. Gill action is good too, Fish close to any underwater Structure like cribs or sunken trees. Waxies or Spikes o...
  • 1/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
    By Jim Olsson When you wake up on January 15th the first thought that comes to mind probably doesn't relate to getting your boat out or going fishing in it.  Maybe it should, right here in our wonderful state of Wisconsin we have one of the premier Brown trout fisheries in the entire world, The Milwaukee Harbor.  Even if you can only hit...
  • 1/23/2013 2:50:00 PM
    The Butternut and Schnurs Lake Association held their fisheree this past Saturday. The weather was excellent at the beginning of the tournament with air temps about 33 degrees. Anglers were experiencing a slow bite but were catching fish. By 1 pm all of the winning fish were on the board. As the day progressed the winds began to pick up to the exte...
  • 1/23/2013 2:25:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 1/22/13 reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend was free fishing weekend. Sat was a busy day people reporting catching bass and northerns on area lakes. Pan fish being caught on waxes. After Sat. frigid temps slowed down fishermen...
  • 1/23/2013 1:55:00 PM
    Lots of cold weather has slowed down the number of people fishing but the action is still HOT. Good walleye bite during low light periods and after dark. If you can handle the cold weather try running Frabill Thermal tip ups baited up with golden shiners or sucker minnows in shallow water from 4 to 8 feet deep. The tip-ups cover the entire hole an...
  • 1/23/2013 8:40:00 AM
    MADISON - Free kids’ ice fishing clinics scheduled for coming weeks are just the ticket for kids suffering through a winter in which scarce snow has put a damper on their sledding, snowball fights and other fun in the snow. Free kids ice fishing clinics are on tap in many communities; this mom and son enjoyed a lesson at the Yahara Fishing C...
  • 1/22/2013 4:40:00 PM
    The propane companies love weeks like this. Bitter cold and below zero temperatures are pushing fisherman into ice shacks to stay warm.  The one positive result is we are building ice, and by the sounds of it, we still need that to happen. Two vehicles went through the ice on Red Cedar Lake in the last week. Please use extreme caution still wh...
  • 1/22/2013 4:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens The ice was coming on nicely in the area lakes and the pan fish and northern pike were coming up through comfortably deep holes.  My jig poles and tip-ups were resting contentedly in a bucket and my portable shanty was happily tucked in a white blanket of snow in my truck bed. Then came freezing rain and the white powdery cov...
  • 1/22/2013 4:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Brrrrrrr…. High of 10 below today, real winter! The clipper that moved in late Saturday afternoon shut the playgrounds off for a while. Wind chills in the -30/40 degree range make being outdoors somewhat dangerous right now – though some anglers have gone out. Crappies:  Good-Fair.  See a...
  • 1/21/2013 12:45:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass On at least three or four occasions this winter I’ve found myself out on the ice staring at hard-water holes, the goal of which was to bring home a fish. That is to say, I’ve done a bit of ice-fishing this season. Normally my winter days aren’t spent fishing. Between farm chores – which only seem to ...
  • 1/21/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Roger says the anglers are all saying ice fishing is still great! Anglers are taking machines on the ice but it is still advised to know your ice and where you are fishing. Call for ice conditions. There are reports of many species of fish be...