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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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  • 2/6/2013 12:40:00 PM
    See why some spearers say that their favorite part of the season occurs before opening day and get a report on conditions and some safety reminders in today’s Sturgeon Week Feature, Ice Conditions and Cutting In.
  • 2/6/2013 12:25:00 PM
    With plenty of ice on our local waters many anglers are getting out and searching out new territory as the season progresses. The walleye bite has been good especially after dark. We are seeing our best action on golden shiners run about a foot off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water. Northern pike have been really active this winter and this past...
  • 2/6/2013 11:55:00 AM
    February 5, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden: Tips from public important, can stay anonymous The Trempealeau County over-bagger took to the water early and alone. Shielded by silence, the man caught blue gills day-after-day from Pool 4 of the Mississippi River near Alma. After careful preparation, the filets were placed ...
  • 2/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Only 4 more days until the start of the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery, and trust me when I say that it will be here before you know it.  Our staff was out yesterday checking water clarity at a few locations along the East Shore of Lake Winnebago, and overall clarity is down from what we had experienced over the last few years.  We decided t...
  • 2/5/2013 4:20:00 PM
    MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2013 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website. On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, on...
  • 2/5/2013 4:10:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- People preparing for the opening of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system are being cautioned that ice conditions are highly variable, ranging from more than a foot of ice down to open water still remaining in some areas. “Ice conditions are variable, not only among the upriver lakes but on Lake Winn...
  • 2/5/2013 2:20:00 PM
    These reports are so much easier to write when fishing is good!  Real cold and high pressure kept the bite down again.  Anglers experience much of the same as they did the week before – fish very negative and not in the mood to bite.  We had been spoiled with all of the thin ice and good fishing.  Actually this isn’t...
  • 2/5/2013 2:10:00 PM
    The Sno-gypsies snowmobile club held their annual fisheree this past Saturday on Butternut Lake. Cold air temperatures and a high pressure system greeted anglers fishing the early morning hours. The temperatures warmed throughout the day but the fishing success didn't. I talked with anglers, many who brought their families out for a day on the ice...
  • 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...