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Dick Ellis Blog:
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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  • 3/12/2012 3:40:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis The Wolf River is on a steady prowl this April 7th overcast afternoon near Fremont.  Occasionally, a gust of wind kicks waves up on the long stretches of straight river, but hundreds of anglers are hunkered in and comfortable. They’re working wood on protected bends or moving to anchor on the shallower sand flats to target...
  • 3/12/2012 3:10:00 PM
    “Jeremy Stricker of Mellen caught this 14-1/2 inch crappie ice fishing in Sawyer County.  For current ice fishing and open water leads on guides, lodging, entertainment, dining and more in Sawyer County, one of Wisconsin’s true gems, connect with the Hayward Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau at www.haywardlakes.com or www.tree...
  • 3/12/2012 2:35:00 PM
    So much for the last weekend of gamefish season.  Last Wednesday's dumping of snow (20-22" on average) put a halt to getting out on the ice.  Prior to that, fishing was very good, but now access is tough.  Two days of warm weather (mid 30s) compacted snow down some, but still truck and ATV travel are out of the question.  Foot t...
  • 3/7/2012 1:45:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck Now that the game fish tip ups have been put away for another season, it’s time to go for the big gills!  Pay attention to the ice, it will tell you when the season is over and it’s time to get the boats ready! A recent heavy snow in northwestern Wisconsin has affected the ice, covering it with a wet, slushy bla...
  • 3/2/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis A full moon showed the way along the many turns of the Wolf River and the gentle hum of John Faucher’s small outboard briefly intruded on a perfect night near New London.  The jonboat, guided by Faucher’s hand on the tiller, had taken the same journey downriver on countless nights; past a surprising wilderness settin...
  • 2/24/2012 3:00:00 PM
    Plan ahead for May fishing ... think about the St. Louis River at Superior for walleyes.  They open the refuge the third week in May and with it comes some of the best walleye fishing anywhere.  If you want to see what we did, check out our column and photos in Gold Rush. Read More
  • 2/7/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Post-spawn walleyes, pre-spawn whitebass cooperate on the Wolf River Guide Randy Williams of New London watched as the wet-fly carried over the river to disappear into the soft flow of the Wolf. With the line riding current downstream, Williams ripped the florescent fly in, quickly reeled back the slack, and ripped again. The sting ...
  • 1/16/2012 2:10:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Under the quiet hum of the kicker-motor, the 19 foot Ranger turtle-crawled down yet another shore of Lake Geneva and the nocturnal hunt for trophy walleye dragged on through the cold January night.  Black lights mounted port and starboard near the rear of the boat illuminated four lines disappearing into the dark to lead perch a...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    Winter Free Fishing Weekend.  Fishing clinic listing available. January 17-18, 2015.  Statewide Green & Healthy Schools: Project WET & Project Learning Tree Workshops. January 24, 2015. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Schmeekle Reserve, Stevens Point, WI. February 18, 2015. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Aldo Leopo...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    Previews & Reviews January 2015 Coming in February... Wisconsin and Walleye The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative was developed by the DNR and the Office of Gov. Scott Walker to increase the number of walleyes in state waters by expanding production of large fingerlings for stocking in waters accessible to the public. This historic invest...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
      Well I’ll bet this isn’t what most of you expected for October, but it’s Wisconsin and anything can happen.  I woke up today with 26 degrees on the thermometer with a steady northwest breeze.  Brrrrr….  The Wisconsin River is still at flood stage and nearly unfishable except for some of the backwater ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman   The forecast for this week offers a wide variety of weather options (other than balmy, 70-degree days), with everything from rain to snow, sun to clouds, and temperatures ranging from single-digit nights to 40-something daytime highs. At this time, conditions look good Wednesday through Thursday for people traveling for Thanksg...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    With the 2018 gun and muzzleloader deer season winding down we are left with the remaining archery season that will take us into the New Year.  Ice fishing is off and running and the fish are biting very well. Hunters taking to the woods for the remaining archery season should plan of hunting primarily afternoons.  I would also suggest...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    Opening weekend of the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is now complete.  There were 108 fish harvested today with 56 coming from Lake Winnebago and 52 from the Upriver Lakes.  The 2-day harvest total from Lake Winnebago was 153 fish, which is very similar to opening weekend during the 2016 and 2018 seasons where 147 ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:50:00 PM
    Local Conservation Wardens would like to remind spearers of  a number of regulations. These were commonly encountered violations during opening day of the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System. Spearers are required to have a paper copy of their tag with them while spearing. A digital copy or a driver’s license does no...
  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
    Lots of snow is making for tough conditions as ice anglers head out.  With that said the ice fishing has been very good. We had a great week catching some very nice crappies, bluegills, pike and walleyes.  The ice conditions are very good with most areas showing 16 or more inches of good ice.  Don’t let that completely fool you...
  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
    In past seasons I’ve sent out a summary on opening day of how that season’s start compares to years past.  Today’s opening day was very similar to the start to the 2018 season, both in terms of harvest and shanty count.   There were 4,625 shanties on Lake Winnebago today with the north end of Lake Winnebago having t...
  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
    Well the 2018 gun deer season has started out with a “Bang”. The deer harvest is up 18% from last year and that is with fewer hunters in the woods. With that said it tells me that the deer population is doing better in the state and hopefully it will continue in that direction.   A few brave ice fishermen have been hitting the...
  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
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  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
    MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations through May 22 for individuals with experience and interest to fill two positions -- the angling and deer positions -- on the Sporting Heritage Council. The council, established by 2011 Wis. Act 168, advises Gov. Scott Walker, the Natural Resources Board, and the state l...
  • 12/31/1899 11:40:00 PM
    January hearings provide opportunity to give feedback on final Deer Trustee Report rule packageMADISON – Nine public hearings throughout Wisconsin will provide an additional opportunity for public comment before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests adoption of the Deer Trustee Report permanent rule package in February. ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:40:00 PM
    The Perfect Gift for Hunters - Now 30% Off Sometimes shopping for hunting buddies is more of a chore than we'd like. Considering the money we spend on our gear, the ability to actually find our game is, well… priceless. Use code "thanks30" atwww.onxmaps.com t...
  • 12/31/1899 11:35:00 PM
    With two of the past five nights reaching lows below zero and very little time with temps above freezing, areas of safe ice are increasing rapidly.   Some bays, those protected by the west winds of mid-week, are seeing ice thickness of 5+” already!  Caution is still advisable as larger bodies of water have only just skimmed over e...
  • 12/31/1899 11:35:00 PM
    December 10, 2018 Steve Suman   The extended forecast (for what it is worth) shows highs in the low 30s for this week and next, with few chances of precipitation. The following two weeks indicate highs in the low to mid 20s, also with few expectations for precipitation. This will continue through much of January, with indications of some da...
  • 12/31/1899 11:35:00 PM
    We have received several calls and emails from spearers wondering if the DNR was going to be checking water clarity and putting out a report similar to years past.  Normally we would already have 2 water clarity checks conducted this close to the season.  However, the extremely variable weather conditions have kept us off the lake until t...