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3/5/2020
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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  • 8/29/2012 8:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Despite the warming weather for late August, fishing for some species has improved, though not in the areas and techniques usually used at this time. Musky:  Good:  Musky have been active and providing some of the best reports as good numbers are being seen (if not always caught) and some big fish cont...
  • 8/28/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters WOW! August is sure slipping by fast. This entire month has pretty much been a cold front. Water temps have fallen into the upper sixties now and this drop has had effects on fishing. The top fish right now is MUSKY. These prized fish have responded very well to the cooler temps. There has been a very pronounced ...
  • 8/28/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Marianne Huskey wins first-ever Angler of the Year title in professional fishing New York Mills, Minn. – (Aug. 23, 2012) Like a lot of us, Shawano, Wisconsin’s Marianne Huskey was bitten by the fishing bug at an early age. Her passion for fishing, she says, “Started young, while fishing for perch on Lake Michigan with my grandfat...
  • 8/28/2012 2:25:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are holding in the mid 70's and the Panfish and Musky are very active. The Panfish are being found scattered from shallow to deep. Fallen trees on deeper shorelines are giving up some really nice sized gills. We are also getting some gills out of 12 to 15 feet of water around cribs and other deep wate...
  • 8/28/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Walleye angler and OWO contributor Ron Klimcke found the evening bite good on the Chippewa Flowage for Walleye August 27. “I was using a Kluz Jig which has a longer collar than the standard collared jig tipped with a minnow,” Klimcke said.  “I started off drifting as there was a light breeze but missed a few fish so I decide...
  • 8/28/2012 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing has been better but it’s still a decent bite.  The boat traffic continues and expect more than a few extra boats this coming Labor Day Weekend. Largemouth bass are on the main lake points, they can be caught either drop shotting or trolling a lindy rig with a nightcrawler.  The key is a 24 inch leader.  Most of the act...
  • 8/28/2012 11:05:00 AM
    With the holiday weekend coming up, the boat traffic has dropped significantly but fishing remains excellent.  Most of the fish are on the deep weedline in 20-25 ft of water. Largemouth bass are being caught either by Trinkes or the Military Academy.  The best depth is 21-25 ft of water.  They can be caught either by drop shotting o...
  • 8/28/2012 9:45:00 AM
    By John Luthens It is the tail end of the August dog days.  The pines sag over the drive and spider webs glisten with morning dew in the tall grass. There will be frost in the same grass soon enough.  It is time. The waters I am walking into will put on a show.  I know the dark and curling runs where the trout rest.  I know th...
  • 8/28/2012 8:40:00 AM
    Anglers All Bait Shoplapenter@charter.net, 715-682-5754 As the season begins to change and the weather cools down in the evenings the anglers report fishing is awesome, according to Professional Guide Roger LaPenter.  It isn’t uncommon to catch a 5 pound bass in the month of September and some nice size Trout, Salmon, Bass and Walleye. ...
  • 8/27/2012 12:30:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Early fall fishing is starting to hit stride and a number of hunting seasons are set to open in the near future (check the calendar). “We have a strong early morning, evening, and night pattern going now,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so it is good to plan some evening and early morning fishing. The warmer water tem...
  • 8/27/2012 10:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens Preserving the historical Brule River State Fish Hatchery The presidential election is about to take center on the grandest stage: hard fought campaigns, budget debates, maybe some finger pointing and mudslinging thrown in for good measure. No matter what side of the party fence you lean on, it promises to be a big-time political ...
  • 8/22/2012 2:50:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Readers Note: The following journey by Dick Ellis took place in late August of 2011.  Like any of the 1200 “Dick’s Trips” reprinted, be sure to check current fishing regulations when planning the trip yourself. Call Guide Chuck Roehl at 715-634-7132 or 715-699-2045 or connect at www.chuckroehlsguideservice.com....
  • 8/21/2012 3:05:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Colder Mornings Bringing Water Temperature down Now that we are getting cooler temperatures in the morning, the backwater fishing action is much better in the evening.  I usually like about two hours before sunset.  The other night I had a nice bluegill on when a northern hit it.  The pike would let it go then...
  • 8/21/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice For a portion of last week, fishing really seemed to take a dive. With a few exceptions it didn’t seem it could get much worse, but it did. Night time temps in the low 40’s have started some sugar maple trees turning, daytime surface temps on larger lakes hovering around 69-71 degrees while smaller la...
  • 8/21/2012 1:00:00 PM
    by Steve Suman This Saturday, August 25, Sawyer County Outdoors Projects and Education (SCOPE) is holding its Family Fun Day at Summit Lake Game Farm. The event is free to youth to 18 years of age and $3 for adults. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and interactive stations start at 8:30 a.m., including .22 rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, and archery s...
  • 8/21/2012 12:45:00 PM
    By Captain Jim Hudson715-209-6431Hudson@fishchequamegonbay.com In the “Bay” itself, smallmouth are starting to binge feed pretty good,” said Captain Jim Hudson, referring to Chequamegon. “The days are getting shorter and this triggers the fish to start putting on the pounds to make it through their long winter. Now, the ext...
  • 8/21/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent with very light boat traffic in the morning.  It certainly isn’t seeing the same amount of fishing pressure that Lake Delavan is experiencing. Largemouth bass are on the deep weedline in 18-20 ft of water.  The fish are being caught using three different methods.  The first is C...
  • 8/21/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Fishing continues to be above average on Delavan Lake.  The bass are hitting well and the bluegills are also a tremendous bite right now.  The boat traffic is still pretty high, but with school starting in the next week or two it should decrease significantly. Bluegills continue to bite in 30 ft of water suspended 10-15 ft down.  Th...
  • 8/21/2012 10:50:00 AM
    By John Luthens It ended with my nephews jumping from the end of a dock into Pewaukee Lake.  It was nine in the morning, with sun sparkling onto the green water and cotton ball clouds rolling lazily above. My brother and I stood laughing, and indeed it was the two of us who had put the idea in the kids’ heads in the first place. On the...
  • 8/16/2012 3:20:00 PM
    Speaker of the House John Boehner joins Hooksetters for a day on the water: This weeks report is going to be a little different than any of my other reports. For the past two months I have been planning a fishing trip in Wisconsin for the Speaker of the House John Boehner.  After initially being contacted by Dr. Tom Turner from Wausau about J...
  • 8/16/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By Darrell Pendergrass We’ll be in Canada next week at this time and we’ve already gotten our most important piece of equipment packed and ready to go. This particular item is a must-have when going north, but it’s one of those over-looked things that usually goes amiss. Is it a fishing pole, you ask? Come on, there’s so m...
  • 8/15/2012 3:30:00 PM
    By Professional Guide John Carlson Water temps are dropping from the mid-80s down to the upper 60s to mid-70s on all area lakes. This week Ross's Sport Shop guides targeted Bass and Musky. The Musky are going on Double 8 and Double 10 bucktails.  The surface bite is also picking up again for Musky. Largemouth Bass are very active and we did ...
  • 8/15/2012 3:15:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Now that we are getting cooler temperatures in the morning, the backwater fishing action is slowing down.  Fishing from shore on the Wisconsin backwaters is best done with a small ice fishing jig tipped with a waxworm attached about a foot below a small bobber.  Just remember to fish the edges of lily pads or dead t...
  • 8/15/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Reader Note:  This trip was taken by Dick Ellis with star Wisconsin guide Dave Hraychuck in August of 2011.  Contact Wisconsin Licensed Guide Dave Hraychuck for hunting and fishing opportunities in Polk County at hraychuck@centurytel.net, 715-485-3362 or (cell) 715-553-0578.  For information or entertainment opportunit...
  • 8/14/2012 5:05:00 PM
    By Seth Steinhauer For those of you who love the outdoors, the Sylvania Wilderness Area should be at the top of your list for places to visit in the Midwest. Located near Watersmeet Michigan, Sylvania offers outdoor enthusiasts an unmatched opportunity to canoe, hike, and fish in a truly spectacular surrounding. The 20,000 acre wilderness holds 34...