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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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  • 5/31/2018 12:20:00 PM
    Nearly limitless custom options and floor plans   While Angler Qwest pontoons are great for taking out friends and family all at once, for a sunset cruise, don’t let the pontoons fool you- these rigs fish!  The boats are available to target several species, including the Troll series, that comes in six models from the 820 series, ...
  • 5/30/2018 5:55:00 PM
    Top tips for landing the fabled fish of 10,000 casts    Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for a quarter-century and working in fisheries management for the state since 1999. Catch his secrets to success in landing the state's official fish as you get  ready for the Saturday, May 26, opening ...
  • 5/30/2018 5:55:00 PM
    Information has been updated for the Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report. Please visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html for the latest reports.
  • 5/30/2018 5:50:00 PM
    Carolyn from Anglers all reports: Everything is happening right now and fishing has been turned on in the Bay. Small Mouth are in pre-spawn primarily in the Sand Cut, Brush Point, Oak Point Area. Along with the Small Mouth you will find Walleyes, Northerns, and Perch. People are fishing for Northerns on the Ashland shoreline. Trout and Salmon troll...
  • 5/30/2018 5:45:00 PM
    May 28, 2018 Steve Suman  It’s been a hot time in the North Woods, but this week’s forecast shows rain chances possible throughout the week, with cooler temperatures breaking the “warm” spell. For a change, it appears the weekend will see very nice conditions for most outdoor activities. Summer weather is here –...
  • 5/24/2018 3:55:00 PM
    Following an extensive period of review and public input, Wisconsin now has two identical fisher and river otter management zones.  The new Northern and Southern zones are divided by Highway 64, consistent with the existing bobcat management zones.  Moving to a two-zone framework will help improve population models and allow trappers...
  • 5/24/2018 3:55:00 PM
    It is finally the opener of Washburn County ATV Trails as of Saturday, May 26th; but because of the extremely dry conditions at this time and fire danger is elevated. Please note that ATV trails automatically close at any time that WI DNR lists danger as very high, or higher.  Think rain! The moisture would help our area tremendously. As for ...
  • 5/24/2018 3:50:00 PM
    Published - May 22, 2018 by the Central Office    Safe Boating Week: Life Jackets - Worth Your Life Every Week More than 100 miles of improved trout habitat added to online Trout Tool Veteran fish biologist and musky whisperer shares his musky fishing tips Drain and clean in between to stop invasive species and protect Wisco...
  • 5/24/2018 3:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens Despite my best efforts to reel him back, it finally happened. My son wrapped up his curricular apprenticeship to life, also known as High School, in certain circles, and has done gone and got himself tangled up in a graduation commencement. As for myself, my feelings are mixed on the matter. I know I should feel proud, patting hi...
  • 5/24/2018 3:40:00 PM
    May 21, 2018 Steve Suman  This next week should be interesting. There are chances for showers starting mid-week and increasing for the weekend (some strong storms possible), followed by some very warm days through next Wednesday. However, it took a long time for spring/summer weather to arrive, so (mostly) no one will complain. Enj...
  • 5/24/2018 3:40:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Every February there is quite a bit of media interest centered around the lake sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System.  The spear season is also highlighted through internal DNR communications including updates on the DNR website and posts on social media.  This past seas...
  • 5/24/2018 3:40:00 PM
    5/21/18 Despite a couple cold mornings recently (5/20 & 5/21 were 33-36 degrees) shutting fishing down for the early a.m. anglers, fishing has been very good. Water temps sky rocketed into the upper 60’s on most afternoons, but cooled overnight into upper 50’s to low 60’s by morning. Walleye: Very Good. Post spawn activity p...
  • 5/24/2018 3:30:00 PM
    Wow, how things can turn around in a weeks’ time.  The fishing has exploded this past week with limit catches of nice walleyes and bass, along with some super crappie and pike fishing. Oh yeah let’s not forget about catching some really nice catfish too!  Coming off a week of slower than normal fishing trips where we had to wo...
  • 5/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Fishing Report 5/16/18- Reported by  Jim Stroede Guide Service Crappie fishing is just beginning to pick up as a good number of fish are starting to move into the shallows now.  We had a nice morning the other day boating lots of nice crappies and also a few big bluegills. The crappies seemed to like the small jig and plastic baits ...
  • 5/15/2018 1:45:00 PM
    All trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are now open including the multi-use Flambeau Trail System! Price County Tourism Department – Reports – Trail & Recreation –  http://www.pricecountywi.net/843/Reports---Trail-and-Recreation Updates are posted to the Reports page on an ongoing basi...
  • 5/15/2018 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman   The current forecast predicts warm and slightly windy weather, with rain possible toward the end of the week into the weekend. Spring’s late arrival makes 80-degree temperatures quite welcome, even if accompanied by precipitation. Ice is gone and fishing (and other water recreation) is on!   “Welcome to the n...
  • 5/15/2018 1:40:00 PM
    The past few weeks have been crazy with unstable weather patterns and temperature swings. These conditions have in turn made for very interesting hunting and fishing conditions. The turkey hunters are the positive part of this scenario, they have been having a banner year with a lot of hunters getting their birds. The numbers of mature birds tha...
  • 5/12/2018 12:20:00 PM
  • 5/10/2018 7:50:00 PM
    BIG CHANGES FOR 2018 Collection point moved Entertainment Bow Fishing Demos   The CARP ROUNDUP will be sponsored by the FRCAUSE (Fox River Citizens Against Underwater Silt & Erosion) on June 2-3, 2018 at the boat launch North of Waterford Village Hall, 123 N River St. The Roundup is held each year on the DNR designated free fishing ...
  • 5/10/2018 7:45:00 PM
    The ice is mostly out now!!! Finally! However, there are still some chunks hanging around the shoreline here and there. The Hot Pond is open and Bayview beach is mostly open. There was a report that a ½ bucket was brought in last night. Looks like a very slow start. We will keep you posted. If you are a drop-net smelter, please note that the...
  • 5/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Jerry Kiesow  I reached for the log, and the log submerged – it was a floater - and I followed it . . . down. I spread all the items from the vest out on the tailgate of the truck so they would dry. Where do I begin? I have been paddling a canoe for decades and aside from the times when I was negotiating whitewater, have never exp...
  • 5/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Chris Rehlinger Mid-day largemouth bass bite Chances are, if you are targeting walleyes in the spring, you are fishing somewhere in northern Wisconsin. Much of this area is part of the Ceded Territory that encompasses some 22,400 square miles and was ceded to the United States by the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribes in 1837 and 1842. Some special ...
  • 5/4/2018 9:30:00 AM
    https://sites.google.com/view/bart-hart-hunt-club/home Located in Adams County, Wisconsin, a few minutes west of Oxford, the land consists of ridges, established food plots (frost seeded with clover in March 2018), water sources, and an extensive road system for vehicular and recreational use or discrete hunting access. Both parcels are enrolled i...
  • 5/4/2018 9:15:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Our fisheries crew was out tagging sturgeon on the Wolf River between New London and Leeman today, along with on the Embarrass River in New London. One crew worked the New London area and handled 49 fish at Pfeifer Park (Embarrass River) and 19 at the Sturgeon Trail. The second crew started ...
  • 5/2/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Gary Engberg Outdoors   There are five lakes in the Madison Chain of Lakes. They are Lake’s Mendota, Monona, Wabesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra. All of these metro lakes that surround Madison have good populations of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. There are chances of catching a trophy in any of the 5 lakes, particularly in early spr...