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In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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  • 11/27/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Muskie anglers are receiving a little bonus time as the warm air temps have kept our area lakes open. Remember the water temps are extremely cold so your presentations need to be super slow. Some anglers have decided to troll since it was difficult to keep rod guides from freezing. They have had mixed success using the 13" jake baits and trolled at...
  • 11/27/2012 9:15:00 AM
    By Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Anglers can consider themselves in "Fishing Limbo" right now. It's really too cold to have a boat out on the water...And too cold to fish off the docks...There is no ice to start ice fishing on...so we just have to wait until Mother Nature sets th...
  • 11/26/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Another firearms season is come and gone in Wisconsin and this one seems to be one to remember as the Rut was in full swing for the hunters. A lot of nice mature bucks have been taken in our area including a 10 pointer that I was lucky enough to have follow a doe into the stand that I was sitting in 7:30 opening morning. Price County is right fo...
  • 11/26/2012 1:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show The Patriot Center - Rothschild, WisconsinDecember 7, 8, 9, 2012 One of the largest events for the Ice Fishing, Lodging and Tourism industries is quickly approaching. Our current exhibit listing, seminar schedule and admission rates are published on our web page at www.icefishingshow.com. This event will feature the L...
  • 11/26/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Unseasonal temperatures are keeping deer activity to a minimum but hunters are still bagging their bucks. In additional to the hunting the warm weather has savvy anglers are scoring BIG on open water. Another good fall musky John Niko with a nice fall musky With abnormally warm temperatures for this time of the year, hunt...
  • 11/26/2012 11:15:00 AM
    November 20, 2012 DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to be at meeting to listen to anglers MADISON – Anglers and others interested in how the state allocates chinook for stocking at Lake Michigan ports are invited to join DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp for a Dec. 1 meeting to learn how the decision has been made in the past and provide input on how it sh...
  • 11/16/2012 9:30:00 AM
    By Professional Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com It appears the participation in fishing has slowed up a bit now as anglers are anxiously awaiting the upcoming ice fishing season. There still are some anglers casting along the shorelines for Trout and Salmon, but it seems most outdo...
  • 11/15/2012 9:00:00 AM
    Walleyes, crappies and muskies have been providing anglers with great action this past week but now with the 2012 gun deer season starting many anglers are now packing up their boats and taking to the woods. Walleye action has been very good this past week.  Most of our fish are coming in 10 to 14 feet of water during the mid day hours on jig...
  • 11/13/2012 9:10:00 AM
    Time for the Giants By Professional Guide John Carlson Most of the docks are pulled at the landings and the water levels have been dropped in the flowages to their winter levels making it a chore to get the bigger boats in the water. But it's well worth it when you’re on the water because the big fish are biting. With water temps warming ba...
  • 11/12/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Matt Selsor of Pewaukee and Brian Hass of Waukesha found that out first hand while musky fishing Pewaukee Lake. “Matt Selsor of Pewaukee poses for photos with a 47 inch muskie just prior to release Sunday. The fish was lost temporarily prior to cooperating with a second strike. Photo by Brian Hass.” According to Selsor, a big musky ...
  • 11/8/2012 2:00:00 PM
    Fishing for walleyes and muskies has been very good this past week but most eyes are now focused on the upcoming 2012 gun season. In addition to the upcoming gun deer season many archery hunters are still in the woods looking for that elusive big buck. Kevin Munson with a nice musky Curt Schwarzkopf with a nice walleye Dennis Hin...
  • 11/7/2012 10:55:00 AM
    First-time buyers get a price break on fishing and hunting fun Get a major price break on your hunting, fishing or trapping license if you are a first-time buyer or are buying your first license in 10 or more years. Discounted fees are available for residents and nonresidents alike and are automatically applied when you buy a license. Try it -- yo...
  • 11/6/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Frank Zumpf –Local Outdoorsman Don’t give up—there’s still good fishing in November.  The diehards are having the lakes to themselves.  Most of the docks are pulled from the boat ramps, so just launch with a longer rope and pull your boat back to shore. Musky fishermen have been having good luck.  The sav...
  • 11/6/2012 10:45:00 AM
    By Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan The last 3 days I have been musky fishing on the Flowage.  Thursday was an overcast day with a light rain and snow mix and light wind.  We thought it would be perfect conditions for musky fishing but we only ended up with one northern that hit a sucker. Friday I went out with the same people and ...
  • 11/6/2012 10:15:00 AM
    The way that an ordinary work week degenerated so quickly into a full-blown, late-season, musky fishing pilgrimage is something you had to see to believe.  I blame myself, but Tom works alongside of me, so he needs to shoulder some of the burden too. It started Monday morning with an innocent exchange about ways to build a quick set rig that ...
  • 11/2/2012 10:15:00 AM
    Musky action has been very good this past week with a lot of nice fish in the upper 30 to mid forty inch range being caught.  A lot of the activity is taking place in deeper water from 8 to 14 feet associated with rocks along sharp breaking shorelines.  We are running deep diving crankbaits like Bucher Depth Raiders and Rubber style baits...
  • 11/1/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The outdoor activity increases during those cold fall days A good hard frost starts things in motion during the fall.  The vegetation that has grown up over the summer starts to decay and opens up a new world of fishing and hunting.  You can take your choice of the two sports as they both are equally as good. ...
  • 10/31/2012 9:35:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Lots of changes are going on right now. There are a lot of Coho's, Browns and Steelheads at the Rivers and River Mouths. The Steelhead are especially biting and they are a nice size. Fish are staging right now and getting ready to go into the...
  • 10/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
    As I was driving back from Lake Geneva on Sunday, it was quite apparent that the fishing season has all but ended.  The boat launch that typically has 100-200 boats, had only 4 trailers there.  I am suspending my fishing reports for now, until we have safe ice. Walleye fishing has been very good either lindy rigging large fat head minnow...
  • 10/31/2012 8:50:00 AM
    The cold weather has taken a grip on the lakes area in Southern Wisconsin.  Even my fishing habit slows quite a bit this time of the year.  I’m sure I’ll be out sporadically between now and safe ice but it likely won’t be on a consistent basis.  Lake Geneva has not turned over yet.  The turnover should happen t...
  • 10/31/2012 8:35:00 AM
    10-28-12  I think this column has been going out weekly for about five months now. Internet technology moves fast, and since the beginning, time has gone by in a blur.  Somewhere in the middle of that blur, Dick Ellis asked me what the title of my column should be. I don’t move with the sudden flash of a digital signal flying over...
  • 10/30/2012 4:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Most of the fish are in their fall pattern right now. Anglers are reporting walleye in 18 to 30 feet of water and crappie action between 25 and 35 feet of water. Both species are sticking close to the bottom of the lake and are being taken on fathead-tipped jigs or slip bobbers. The Smallmouth have really turned...
  • 10/30/2012 3:45:00 PM
    By Professional guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan Yesterday was a rain out, but Monday and Wednesday we targeted walleye and smallmouth.  Monday we fished the Turtle side of the Flowage and looked for walleye in the river channels and deep shorelines.  After trying several spots with only a few smaller walleyes to show for it w...
  • 10/30/2012 3:15:00 PM
    The following is a Crime Alert Network Bulletin from the Wis. Department of Justice concerning a fraudulent boat sale/scam. If you have questions or information, please contact the Crime Alert Network at 608-240-3597, or use this e-mail: info@wisconsincrimealert.gov. A Tennessee resident responded to a local Craigslist ad for a boat for sale with ...
  • 10/26/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Joel DeBoer The arrival of late autumn here in Wisconsin signifies many things, including the impending closure of musky season at the end of November. Late season musky angling is not for the faint of heart as the weather can be downright nasty, the windows of fish activity are some of the shortest of the year, and the potential to tangle with...