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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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  • 5/1/2012 2:55:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Fishing for panfish took a turn for the worst with the cold frosty mornings.  The backwaters might be slow for the panfish but the northern pike are hitting on all lakes.  My favorite lure seems to be a pink and white jig.  I am really trying to find crappies but the northerns for some reason just love this bai...
  • 5/1/2012 2:35:00 PM
    Clean Boats Clean Waters By Diane Schauer Signs like this have been installed throughout the Winnebago system and many launches throughout Wisconsin. They serve as a reminder of the steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species: inspect your equipment, remove all plants and animals, drain all water, and never move live fish or pl...
  • 4/30/2012 12:35:00 PM
    By Steve Suman Wisconsin’s game fish season opens this Saturday, May 5, and it appears we will have a wonderfully warm week leading up to it. The forecast for Tuesday through Saturday, calls for highs in the upper 60s-70s, with a few chances for rain. How this will affect walleye activity is anyone’s guess (general consensus: go deeper...
  • 4/27/2012 1:25:00 PM
    The cooler water temperatures have been keeping the crappies staging just outside their normal traditional spawning areas. They are holding in about 10 to 14 feet of water but can still be caught on slip bobber rigs.  We are running our baits about 4 to 7 feet down on slip bobbers rigged up with small minnows on tiny bait hooks.  To work ...
  • 4/27/2012 12:25:00 PM
    While fishing at Grandpa’s cottage on mighty Bog Brook lake near Wabeno in Forest County, Lydia Leipzig, 8, caught what may be this world record bass, according to proud daddy Ron Leipzig. When interviewed about the possible fame that may be on the horizon for his family, Nathaniel “Gator” Leipzig, 4, said it all ...
  • 4/27/2012 12:00:00 PM
    By Bill Schultz During the past 16 years, I’ve spent over 160 days chasing smallmouth bass in Door County.  I’ve been rewarded with catching and releasing almost 5,000. Like many who fish Door County smallies or lake smallies in general, I’ve used many lures, but have also tried to keep it simple.  I believe I’ve...
  • 4/27/2012 10:45:00 AM
    By:  Dave Duwe It’s like Christmas for most outdoor enthusiasts, the opening day of inland fishing season.  After a long winter it’s time to catch some game fish.  Opening day for game fish on most inland waters is the first Saturday in May. Walworth County in Southeastern Wisconsin is blessed with many great fishing wa...
  • 4/26/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Memories part of Bob Ellis ClassicBy Dick Ellis The Bob Ellis Classic is held annually in memory ofthe late, great row troller, shown here with a 41pound November fish taken from Papoose Lake in a12 foot skiff. (Ellis family photo) When we put a new bathroom in this old cabin in 2007, we found a note on a two-by-four scribbled some 50-odd years a...
  • 4/26/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Only the click and hum of the bow motor interrupted Phil Schweik’s soft bantering as he manipulated the Crestliner through a maze of timber on a shallow slough of Lake DuBay.  Two days before, Mother’s Day, the guide and his wife Rhonda had basked in the sunshine of a stable weather pattern to find big spawning crapp...
  • 4/19/2012 10:55:00 AM
    By Dave Hraychuck Now that ice fishing is winding down, and with Mother Nature on our side, we may have a few more weeks of pan fishing here in the north! Pan fishing has been very good lately! Frying up your catch is always tasty, but here are some recipes for when you are in the mood to try something a little different! Pecan Crusted Panfish 2...
  • 4/18/2012 4:40:00 PM
    By Phil Schweik With the water temps staying in the upper 40's to low 50's the walleye bite is remaining pretty good we are still seeing a lot of fish in their traditional spawning areas.  Most of our action is coming in 3 to 5 feet of water associated with rock's and good current.  We are catching most of the walleyes on 1/8 and 1/4 oun...
  • 4/18/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Sturgeon Spawning Occurring at Keshena Falls on Wolf River in the Menominee Indian Reservation for the 1st time in over 100 Years Attached is a news release from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin announcing the documentation of lake sturgeon spawning below Keshena Falls on the Wolf River in the Menominee Reservation.  This is the first ...
  • 4/17/2012 12:25:00 PM
    DAVE’S FISHING EXPO “15th Year” April 22nd, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm SEMINARS Tom Newbauer, Dennis Radloff, Lynn Nicklasch, and Dan Busch EXHIBITORS Princecraft, Mercury, Evinrude, Smokey’s Musky Shop,On Wisconsin Outdoors, Sterling Guide Service,Your Fishin’ Pal Guide Service,Rock River Fishery Rescue, &...
  • 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...