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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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  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    Yes, it’s cold, but Wisconsin’s best trout waters remain ice-freeMADISON -- With statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through the first week in March, the 2015 Wisconsin early trout season may be on the chilly side.  -  Read Full Article Visit the DNR exhibit at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sp...
  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    WAUPACA, Wis. - People interested in learning how to fish can attend a free "Learn 2 Fish with Us" event on Saturday, May 16 at Hartman Creek State Park. Learn 2 Fish with Us is a not-for-profit company founded by Greg Karch, a certified angler educator and instructor. Learn 2 Fish with Us has hosted more than 100 fishing clinics educati...
  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    New opportunities and a number of resources available to deer hunters accompany new rule changes in WisconsinMADISON – Deer hunters are encouraged take advantage of a number of available tools and resources to make sure they are ready for another exciting 9-day gun deer season.  -  Read Full Article America Recycles Day&n...
  • 12/31/1899 11:30:00 PM
    The 2019 sturgeon spear fishery is just 3 days away and anticipation has certainly been building!  The DNR hasn’t had a chance to check water clarity yet this season due to the variable weather that we have had, but we do have two of our staff members out checking clarity today.  I hope to get a report out later tonight or first thi...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    February 11, 2019 Steve Suman More winter weather (i.e., snow) and stiff winds are on the way, but with temperatures that are more seasonal. It IS February, so there is still some winter ahead. Take advantage of the great cross-country skiing and snowmobiling conditions!   “Now that we are further into February,” says Pat at&nb...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    Today marked the 3rd day of the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System, a day where 42 fish were registered. Things have really slowed down on the Upriver Lakes as only 19 fish were registered today bringing the season total to 201.  Of the 19 fish harvested today, 6 were adult females.  We are currently 25 adult femal...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    Fishing in the Lakeland area got a little tougher after a week of snow and cold.  Snow could have been worse, luckily it was light enough to blow off the lakes to some extent.  The frozen crust from the earlier ice storm did protect some, but overall on the lakes it’s not bad.   The cold (29 below 2/9) kept more anglers off t...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    Early surveillance reveals positive test for the fungus that causes white-nose syndromeMADISON – Early winter surveillance of 15 caves revealed that two bats in a single Dane County cave tested positive for genetic markers of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome.  -  Read Full Article 134,257 permits issued for 2015...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    October 14, 2014 Share your thoughts on Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife, their habitats, and outdoor recreationMADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently revising two key conservation plans – the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan [PDF]. Through completion of an online question...
  • 12/31/1899 11:25:00 PM
    EAU CLAIRE, WI (March 10, 2015):  Ted Takasaki, National Walleye Champion Angler will be a featured presenter at this year’s Wisconsin Sport Show.  A Hall of Fame Legendary Angler, Ted is one of the top competitors on the FLW Walleye Tour and dominated many of the past PWT events. Ted won the prestigious PWT Classic C...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    With a few warm days Lake Geneva has started to produce some fish in the main portions of the lake.  The smallmouth bass should be spawning in the next two weeks with the largemouth bass and bluegills to follow.  The best time to fish Lake Geneva is Memorial Day through the second week of June. Largemouth bass are being caught in 3-4 ft ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    My partner, Split, and I felt confident that this was a good beginning to an exciting day of fishing. We were fortunate to have already caught two keeper largemouth bass under a fallen tree at our first fishing spot. We were fishing the Northwestern Bass Tournament on Cauldron Falls. Cauldron Falls is a flowage of the Peshtigo River in the Crivitz,...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    January 3, 2019 Carolyn from Anglers All reports:  Some people have started ice fishing the S-Curve and Bono Creek but keep in mind this is new ice so check your way. They are walking and taking machines on the Ashland side of the Bay with reports of 8 to 12 inches of ice but ask ahead before venturing our with machines! The Washbur...
  • 12/31/1899 11:20:00 PM
    It has been an interesting week in central Wisconsin with decent fishing and very good activity at our bear baiting locations. With about 2 ½ weeks until the start of the 2019 bear season I can already see people starting to get excited about the upcoming hunt.  Water temperatures on area lakes and rivers are still hovering in the mid...
  • 12/31/1899 11:15:00 PM
    Fishing in early August remains similar to most of July, a slight slow down for a few species, but an up tick for others.  A few fronts have made for some fish and dodge times on the water, but overall things good.   Largemouth Bass:  Very Good-Good – Can’t miss using Wacky Worms in 8-12’ cabbage.  Top water ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:15:00 PM
                    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be excellent.  I have not seen fishing this good in recent years.  I am consistently getting double digit catches of both smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The only species that is slower than normal for this time of year is the northern pike, ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman   The North Woods can look forward to a very nice week, according to the forecast, with Tuesday currently showing the only chances for rain. Highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s offer great weather for recreation AND sleeping! Take advantage – we have already passed mid-August!   “Anglers using various presenta...
  • 12/31/1899 11:15:00 PM
    Up and down and up and down, that is how our winter is going so far. The good thing is that the fishing is consistent and very good for almost all species that we are targeting.  Walleye and pike are feeding aggressively and we are picking up some really nice fish. The panfish bite has been very good with some very large crappies and gills hit...
  • 12/31/1899 11:15:00 PM
    Explore La Crosse was awarded a Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Wisconsin Fall Tourism Conference, November 8-9, 2018 in Stevens Point. Explore La Crosse received the award for Outstanding Marketing and Communications Initiative under $25,000. The “Local Stuff” Campaign included 5 seasonal backpack giveaways f...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
    December 24, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   Merry Christmas! The forecast through Christmas includes highs in the 20 and lows in the teens. There are chances of a “major” snowstorm moving through the area starting Wednesday evening, followed by dropping temperatures and lows in the single digits to start...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
    December 27, 2018 Carolyn  from Anglers All reports:  Call us at Anglers All and we will give you an update on what we are hearing about the ice condition. There are a few Anglers walking out on the ice on the Ashland side of the Bay. However, we advise you to spud your way. Be smart, call ahead. Not all ice is safe at this time. Bring y...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
    The Department has updated a web page dedicated to the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement. Please visit the page to review a presentation staff gave at a public meeting held on January 10, 2019 in Ashland. In addition, we have a copy of the past and current agreement along with a frequently asked questions document. If you would like to provide comme...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
    January 28, 2019 Steve Suman The forecast is not pretty for this week, with no temperatures above -4 degrees before Friday and dangerous wind chills. The cold spell breaks Friday, with highs in the mid 30s (above zero!) forecast for Saturday and Sunday!   “This frigid cold will help build ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &l...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
    It’s gotten plenty chilly outside.  Most days not seeing temps above 0 degrees, and wind chills in the 30-50 degrees below keeping anglers off the ice (and who can blame them!).   If there is a bright side to this (and you’ve got to look very hard) most of the heavy snow is south of the Northwoods.  The lack of snow cov...
  • 12/31/1899 11:10:00 PM
                    Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately.  The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high.  You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly.               &nb...