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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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  • 1/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Winter has finally arrived and has been good to us here in the Northwoods.  Not much snow and enough cold to build ice.  Anglers are enjoying a lot of good access to lakes—though most is foot traffic.  ATV’s and snowmobiles are being used, but caution is advised as reports of both types...
  • 1/4/2013 3:55:00 PM
    January 4, 2013 Contact(s): Brad Eggold (414) 382-7921 MADISON – The percentage of chinook salmon stocked by the state headed to each Wisconsin port would remain generally the same for 2013 and the state will work with anglers to refine the fish distribution formula for 2014 and beyond, state fisheries officials say. That approach allows W...
  • 1/4/2013 11:20:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The ice on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River is about 4 to 6 inches thick.  It is a little tricky getting on lakes that have not yet been fished.  You need to watch out for springs along the shoreline.  Another place to avoid is getting to close to Beaver Lodges.  The best advice is to follow where oth...
  • 1/4/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Anglers are getting out and having success, but caution is advised when travelling on the ice. Candy and Jeff Wieloch along with Rhonda Schweik with our limit of panfish from our outing Ice conditions vary considerably on local lakes and reservoirs and with several reports of  shacks and vehicles going through the ice in th...
  • 1/3/2013 9:10:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This column night ice fishing targeting walleyes on the Eau Claire Chain in Bayfield County took place with the New Year in 2005.Like all Dick’s Trips columns, make sure to check regulations when planning your own trip. One thin flashlight beam in the distance cut a hole through the black over the Eau Claire...
  • 1/2/2013 5:20:00 PM
    By Jordan Marsh Ice fishing season is in full swing now as we are making ice every day and night with the cold temperatures and lack of snow on top of the ice.  With forecasted highs not to get above freezing for the next week, we will see more and more ice shacks starting to fill the lakes in the local area. Ice depth levels are fluctuating...
  • 1/2/2013 11:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens When the killing hand of winter lays its hand on the northern woods, there are those who fly south to warmer climates; snowbirds, I think they are called.  Call me crazy, but I’ll take the cold.  I’ll take the logging trails and the snow draped pines, and I’ll take the deer paths that lead into the slas...
  • 12/31/2012 11:55:00 AM
    With good ice on many northern lakes anglers are getting out and having great success.  While a lot of the attention is being focused on panfish, don't rule out early season walleyes and northern pike as they can provide excellent action at this time of the year. They both put up a hefty battle through the ice and they make for great table far...
  • 12/28/2012 1:40:00 PM
    Ready to go ice fishing? Try these tips for panfish, northern pike and walleye from veteran fisheries biologists Kurt Welke, Skip Sommerfeldt and Terry Margenau. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/icefishing/ Check out our Outdoor Report to see what's biting where -- and sign up to get these weekly email updates on fishing conditions and other outd...
  • 12/28/2012 11:45:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes. View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/26/12 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle Ice conditions on Long Lake still remain spotty.  As always tread carefully and enter at your own risk!  Ice thickness reports are coming in anywhere from 2"-9"  You might be sitting...
  • 12/27/2012 4:50:00 PM
    By: Joel “Doc” Kunz Private party panfish Although far from being an avid ice fisherman, there are a few nearly unavoidable enticements that get me strapping on the creepers and preparing for a little ice action. Those are: perch and walleye on the Wolf River system and my favorite meal of fresh fish, bluegills, from anywhere. That&rs...
  • 12/27/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Walleye anglers have had mix success lately. Anglers fishing during the low light period around dusk have seen action but the fish have run on the small size. Some anglers have experienced a random bite throughout the daylight hours but no extended walleye activity. I was able to catch this 10-pounder during a mid-morning bite using medium size mi...
  • 12/26/2012 4:45:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson With the last couple of below 0 zero nights the ice is pushing 5 to 8 inches in most places. The walleye bite has been good in the early morning and then again after dark. Shallow flats close to wood or weeds have been the favorite areas for fishermen to target them. Golden Shiners or Suckers on a number #8 trebl...
  • 12/21/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Long Lake is still making ice!  We have approximately 2-3 inches with some open water yet so tread lightly!  Folks are getting out at the narrows landing and catching fish!  This week the Northern seem to be biting the heaviest, folks are using Northern Suckers as the bait of choice.  A ...
  • 12/21/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Heavy snow is good for late season archery hunters but it may hamper ice fishing. The recent snow to hit Central Wisconsin is a bonus for late season archery hunters as it will force deer to tighter areas and make them easier to target around food sources.  Find any remaining crop fields or food plots as well as new cut timber and set up a st...
  • 12/21/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Well it's now happening!!! Ice fishing has now begun on Chequamegon Bay! The ice has been forming on the Ashland side of the Bay near the shallows. There have been anglers out at Second Landing (East off of US Hwy 2) and out by Bay View...
  • 12/21/2012 10:10:00 AM
    The All-Canada Show, visiting mid-America’s largest cities, will feature Canada’s top fishing and hunting destinations. The 30th annual event also includes free seminars, free maps and travel guides, a free magazine with features and tips on Canadian adventures, free Cabela’s hunting simulator and, on opening night, a free Dardevl...
  • 12/20/2012 5:15:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass My wife and I share a closet, she keeps her stuff on the left side and I keep mine on the right. It’s a fairly simple rule. On occasion Queenie will purchase a new shirt or sweater for me and hang it on my side; that’s how I know I have something new to wear. It’s hanging on my side. OK, one day some month...
  • 12/20/2012 5:05:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass The problem with warm weather at any point in the winter is that immediately my thoughts turn to the Brule River and fishing for steelhead trout, which is strictly not a winter sport. Not for me. I guess it’s the smell of spring that comes with the warm temperatures that does it. It’s the feel of April.  It...
  • 12/20/2012 4:55:00 PM
    Ice conditions on our area lakes took a turn for the worse this past weekend as warm moist air caused the ice to soften. The colder air expected this week should tighten things up but anglers should proceed with extreme caution and check ice thickness frequently with an ice spud. With the soft conditions even three inches may not be enough. Make su...
  • 12/19/2012 3:45:00 PM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 12/19/12 - Reported by Sportsman's Headquarters Last weekend some fisherman went out  fishing on poor ice conditions. Reports of 2 to 4 inches ice . We do expect better ice for this weekend.Shiners and crappie minnows have been mostly...
  • 12/19/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Denny MurawskaAnd some gifts to avoid They have arrived again, those special edition Christmas catalogs targeted toward outdoor lovers Whether you fish, hunt, camp, or participate in a cluster of activities outside the confines of your home, Santa’s helpers have been hard at work engineering novel ideal gifts for that special someone. Whi...
  • 12/19/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Late archery season is in full swing but we have risky ice conditions that are giving way to a slow start for ice fishing. Andy Teller with a nice musky that he caught through the ice. Andy Teller and Duane with some great night time walleyes. Late season archery hunting can be one of the best times of the year to be out in t...
  • 12/19/2012 8:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens According to the Mayan calendar the end of the world is coming on Dec. 21. I couldn’t care less. I’ve already been through it. Resting on my desk this very moment, among other odds-and-ends that I should throw away, is a folded newspaper clipping to prove it. A failed prophecy and a cluttered desk. There’s eno...
  • 12/18/2012 4:05:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk The Finkel Files  One of the most famous battles from our country’s long military history is the Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. Everyone knows the story. On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George Custer led five companies of cavalry into the Little Big Horn to attack a large Indian camp of Lak...