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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 4/6/2012 2:55:00 PM
    The cold weather has put a damper on the boat traffic.  There are still bluegills and crappies to be had.  Most of the fish are in 2-3 ft of water.  You need to keep moving to find the bigger fish. Bluegill fishing is good in 2 ft of water.  The best success is in the boat channels.  Look for the fish in Viewcrest Channel,...
  • 4/6/2012 2:40:00 PM
    It seems that summer came and left!  The water temperature has dropped 10 degrees from last week.  The fish seem to be very sluggish right now.  Thanks to my friend, Brian Simon, there is a Walleyes for Tomorrow organization, where they are going to be harvesting eggs from the breeding stock of Lake Geneva and stocking the lake with ...
  • 4/5/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Wolf River Sturgeon and Walleye Report, Thursday April 5, 2012 Lake Sturgeon Spawning Activity The 1st phase of the earliest spawning run of lake sturgeon in the Wolf River on record wrapped up last Friday March 30 after ten days of spawning activity at various sites along 53 river miles from New London upstream to the southern border of Shawano ...
  • 4/5/2012 12:45:00 PM
    Glenn Moberg and northern pike Marcus Malyuk with his limit of nice Wisconsin River walleyes This past week has been very good for walleye fishing.  We have been catching a lot of fish averaging 40 to 80 per outing but a lot of those fish have been small males in the 14 to 17 inch range that have been staging in water dep...
  • 3/29/2012 4:25:00 PM
    By Licensed Guide Phil Schweik Even though we are just getting into April the walleye season has been off to a great start.  With the warm temperatures in early and mid March we saw a drastic temperature spike causing the water temps to push well into the 50's. The higher than normal temps caused a surge in the walleye spawning season and fis...
  • 3/20/2012 4:35:00 PM
    With the warm temperatures we here at Hooksetters are pulling the plug on ice fishing for the season. The ice in many areas is almost gone and even further north it is honeycombing and dangerous.  Even with 14 to 20 inches of ice the strength when honeycombed is not there and can be very deceiving and dangerous.  It was a great season and...
  • 3/20/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By JEFF WINTERS – Northern Wisconsin Professional Fishing Guide Jeff Winters with a 20-inch walleye caught on opening day in 2011 fishing the St. Germain area. Nestled in the heart of the town of St. Germain is an often overlooked lake when it comes to fishing, especially during the early part of the open water season.  The lake I&rsqu...
  • 3/19/2012 9:30:00 AM
    By Cathy Stepp, SecretaryDepartment of Natural Resources Wisconsin's strong walleye fishery and the tourism it produces are very important in Northern Wisconsin.   As Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, sustaining our fishery is foremost in my priorities when I negotiate annual Tribal harvests.  Annual negotiations are...
  • 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...