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  • 6/20/2012 12:25:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass People sometimes recognize me in public settings, when we meet they usually comment on how much heavier I look in person and that I need to update my column photo – they say I’m not being very honest with my appearance. Invariably conversation will get around to fishing. “How are the fish biting?” The...
  • 6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jeff Winters We’ve been taking everything Mother Nature can throw at us the past 2 weeks. Wind, rain, lightening, 50+ degree temperature swings – we’ve seen it all. We still caught fish through all of it. You had to search out your bites and be patient. We are now coming out of most of the mayfly hatch and t...
  • 6/20/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Josh Dueans wrestled in this hefty 20 pound seven ounce channel cat while fishing on an outing with US Coast Guard Master Captain Kenny Wegner through Johnny's Little Shop of Bait in New London. As of June 16, Wegner began running daytime excursions and all night cat fishing trips aboard the S.S. Catisfaction on the Wolf River. Connect with Johnn...
  • 6/20/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kenny Wallock Before fishing could resume, my fishing partner, Dave Kinney and I put away our fishing poles for one day, hung up our fishing hats, cleaned up the pontoons, and watched with many guests as Jason and Sherry Szymkowiak were married on the Stevens Point Flowage.  Jason calls the flowage home for fishing, hunt...
  • 6/19/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Summer patterns have begun to set up.  Daily changes in the weather may alter bites here and there, but overall, things look fairly consistent with a late June/early July bite. Pike:  Very good.  Anglers targeting pike have been having good success casting shallow raps, ratllin raps, chatterbaits ...
  • 6/19/2012 11:35:00 AM
    By Steve Suman If the forecast holds true for the latter part of this week, the 63rd Annual Musky Festival should enjoy good weather. There are ‘chances’ of rain, but for most days, odds are 50-50 or better against it. “Water temperature are in the upper to mid 60s on most lakes, the low 60s on large lakes, and weed beds are dev...
  • 6/19/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By John Luthens I can tell by the sun shadows through the trees that its time.  On the far northeastern shore of Lake Winnebago, from the Indian Mound Trail in High Cliff State Park, the sun holds long in the sky before dropping into the far shores.  The hardwood oaks and maples, hiding the Native American effigy mounds, hold the shado...
  • 6/19/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic.  You need to get to the lake early because the fishing pressure has been extraordinary from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The best bite continues to be the largemouth bass and bluegills.  The bluegills are in 12-14 ft of water and the largemouth bass are in about 12-15 ft of water. Largemouth bass can...
  • 6/19/2012 10:25:00 AM
    Fishing has been very good.  The water has warmed to approximately 70 degrees.  The largemouth bass are coming off the spawn and the Lake Trout have been aggressive. Largemouth bass have finished spawning and are in 10-12 ft of water.  They can be caught on a weightless Senko or a nightcrawler split shot rig.  The best location...
  • 6/15/2012 1:55:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Jerry “Jerkbait” Hartigan I have spent the last week with different writers and a TV show trying to show them how good the fishing is in Mercer Wisconsin but the weather and the fish were not very cooperative.  30MPH winds seem to persist for days with a front that went from the 90's one day to a high of 60 t...
  • 6/15/2012 10:30:00 AM
    Walleyes have been biting well this past week on jigs tipped with minnows as well as jigs tipped with crawlers. Most of the action is coming form 6 to 10 feet of water associated with channel edges and either rock or wood. The crappie bite is good with nice catches coming from suspended fish holding in about 12 to 16 feet of water.  These fis...
  • 6/14/2012 3:45:00 PM
    SPORTS-OUTDOORS“6-29-2009 BIG GREEN”ELLIS OUTDOOR It’s been almost six decades since Dennis Walker’s mammoth struggle with a lake trout from a small row boat on Big Green Lake. Guide Ernie Schroeder worked the oars and offered encouragement but not a hand of help on the rod as the fish and fight came to the surface and down...
  • 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...