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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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  • 6/14/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note: When reading any of Dick Ellis’s 1200 Wisconsin journeys taken over two decades as a syndicated columnist, be sure to check current regulations when planning the trip yourself. Google Escanaba Lake Experimental Fishing to read 2012 reports. Just maybe, lake scenery from a postcard and a good chance at simply catch...
  • 6/14/2012 9:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Fishing in the Phillips area is still going strong. Our guide boats have been boating some very nice mixed bags for clients most of the spring. This week walleye, smallmouth, perch, and bluegills were all caught on trips fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water on the breaks. We are using small jig heads or floating lin...
  • 6/12/2012 11:25:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Wind once again has made angling difficult here in the Northwoods.  Water temps are climbing and most everything is still 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Bluegills:  Excellent! Biggest drawback is wind.  Gills spawning all over.  Large colonies of beds.  Poppers on fly rods or behind spinni...
  • 6/12/2012 11:15:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The vegetation is starting to get very thick for this time of the year on the Mississippi River backwater.  June seems to be like July.  To travel in the backwaters takes more effort but the outdoor scenery is magnificent and quiet.  The birds and frogs and the occasional splash in the water from beaver fill th...
  • 6/12/2012 9:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Dennis Walker BIG GREEN LAKE UPDATE; With all the quiet hot weather and very little wind this past week has warmed up the water. The mid-day temp. is 70*- 72* over the deep water and 75* -77* in the shallow water. Also the water is very clear you can see bottom in 20 feet of water and down 30 feet over the deep water. But the...
  • 6/12/2012 9:25:00 AM
    OWO columnist John Luthens Remember that back-to-school essay the teacher always assigned? It seemed straightforward enough.  Something along the lines of five hundred words describing what you did over summer vacation. The problem wasn’t the essay itself.  It wasn’t too difficult chopping together a loose...
  • 6/8/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis The day was playing out like any other challenge that hunters surely face with enough time in the field.  Not much was moving; it had been almost two hours since Rob Schaffhauser, Scott Heitman or I had drawn back our bow in the 17th West Town Archery Green Bay Carp Shoot and only one fish lay in the red canister purposely selec...
  • 6/8/2012 11:05:00 AM
    We haven’t been to our cottage in Vilas County since December. So the family was very excited to make the trip from Mukwonago. We arrived late Friday night. First time to the cottage is always interesting. Since we haven’t been there for five months you’ll never now what you’ll find. Everything was just as we left it, so we ...
  • 6/8/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Bluegill action has picked up again in the shallow water around any fallen trees or along shallow weed lines. Waxies, panfish worms or gulp have been all working well. The bass action is really turning on; smallies are shallow, fish any cover like rock, wood or docks with natural color tubes or jigs. I like colo...
  • 6/7/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Fishing season is here!  Opening day has come and gone and the pre-spawn big fish bite is gone.  Even picking a few fish off the beds and releasing them to spawn again is gone.  You go back to these same areas, and after 50 casts you end up with zilch.  You stand there in the boat…….rod at your side pointing toward...
  • 6/7/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note: When reading any of Dick Ellis’s 1200 Wisconsin journeys taken over two decades as a syndicated columnist, be sure to check current regulations when planning the trip yourself. In 2012, the catch and release smallmouth and largemouth bass season ends June 15. Ted Sellers stood high on the casting platform of his T...
  • 6/6/2012 12:40:00 PM
    With the windy conditions that we have been encountering this past week it has been difficult for boat control but absolutely great for finding fish locations.  The walleyes have been holding tight to points on wind blown shores usually in 6 to 10 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows has been the best bait but we are seeing a few nice fish ...
  • 6/6/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Steve Suman Aside from a few mentions of rain in the forecast, this week holds promises for lows in the 40s and highs in the upper 70s. Very pleasant spring weather – and most of the precipitation possibility percentages are 70- to 80-percent against rain. “Small crankbaits, six inches or smaller, and spinnerbaits are currently the...
  • 6/5/2012 1:30:00 PM
    It was bass and bluegills with a musky thrown in this week.  The weather has cooperated, and with the warming trend the bass and bluegills have moved on their beds to spawn.  Many fishermen have been taking their limits of bluegills. One thing to remember is that if you are fishing a bedding area and only catching smaller fish, someone...
  • 6/5/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Fishing is starting to improve.  The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are in 10-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Elgin Club and the old Military Academy. Rock bass are pretty much everywhere on the lake.  The best depth is 10-12 ft of water.  Most of my fish are coming in the Fontana beach area.&n...
  • 6/5/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Overall fishing has been very good.  Most of the fish are in transition.  They are anywhere from 8 ft of water to 17 ft of water.  The cool weather last week made them a bit skittish. Bluegills have been biting in 11-12 ft of water.  The best location has been by Browns Channel.  They are being caught on small leaf worms o...
  • 6/5/2012 10:05:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The mayfly hatch is going strong on The Turtle Flambeau Flowage right now, but the fishing is still doing good.  The last few days we have been picking up walleyes on big mud flats that have some wood mixed in.  Crawlers seem to be doing best, but I am still getting some fish on...
  • 6/4/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Despite another 50+ degree temperature swing again this week, fish continue to hit. You have to chase the bite around, but success is there to be had. While using a jig-and minnow on 6# test line, Jeff Winters of Boulder Junction caught this huge 42 -inch, 20 lb. northern while fishing the Willow F...
  • 6/1/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Early morning or late evening for the best pan fishing. The day time temperature was in the 50’s and not much warmer in early evening the last evening in May but the water was like a mirror.  It had rained the night before and knocked many types of insects down on to the water.  These conditions really turn t...
  • 5/31/2012 4:55:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce report; The local anglers have been catching some nice sized Northern’s at the Hot Pond. They tell us they were casting from the Shore into the weed-beds, using Rapala fishing Lures. Fishing right off the docks has been good and the Smallies are biting like crazy. Panfish have been plentiful on the inland ...
  • 5/31/2012 4:35:00 PM
    The 2012 musky season has arrived and it has started out with a bang. Lots of nice fish have been caught by our clients and guides along with a few really nice fish in the mid to upper 40 inch range. Most of the action has come on bucktails and twitch baits while working mid depth weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water. We have also caught a few nice fish b...
  • 5/31/2012 12:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson The panfish bite has slowed in the Phillips area.  With the drop in water temps the fish have pushed into deeper water. The Walleye action has been great.  We have been picking up plenty of eaters in 10 to 15 feet of water. The fish are hitting a little light so we have been having our best luck using ...
  • 5/30/2012 12:20:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Over the last two weeks of fishing here in northwestern Wisconsin, we have experienced weather variations from 90 degrees with high humidity to 45 degrees and low humidity. The one constant factor has been the wind. Learning to work the wind has been as important to a successful catch as locating the right fishing depth. The po...
  • 5/29/2012 3:25:00 PM
    By Steve Suman This weekend, June 2-3, is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. All residents and nonresidents can fish all waters of the state without fishing licenses, or trout and salmon stamps, though all other fishing regulations do apply. The Great Divide Ranger District is hosting a free Kids Fishing Derby Saturday June 2 at Lake Hayward City...
  • 5/29/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters Hi Folks. It’s been a very windy week here in the northwoods as a variety of weather systems moved through. Last weekend the hot weather came in –air temps in the high 80s along with night-time temps around 70 spiked the water temps to 67 degrees. Fish responded favorably to this and put on a great b...