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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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  • 3/7/2017 4:15:00 PM
    The Explore La Crosse Grant Program is in it's second year of operation. The program was created with the goal of helping organizers promote their events to potential visitors in order to increase overnight stays. First consideration is given to new and expanding events, festivals and sports tournaments being held in...
  • 2/28/2017 10:15:00 PM
    Winter came back!  A week after the balmy 50’s were here, temps dropped back into the teens and 20’s.  Snow and wind made it feel even colder.  Wind had the most limiting effect on anglers, especially now that most have removed their permanent shacks.Despite the conditions, some surprisingly good reports came from the hea...
  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    There was an error in the sorting of the spearer lists that I sent in the previous email, so please go ahead and use the versions attached in this email. Ryan Koenigs Senior Fisheries Biologist / Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 625 E County Rd. Y, Suite 700 Oshkosh, WI 54901 Phone: (920)303-5450 ...
  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    February 28, 2017 DNR staff and landowners work together through the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study MADISON - While inconsistent weather has provided challenges, a Department of Natural Resources Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator Study is underway with help from a number of partners and landowner...
  • 2/28/2017 10:05:00 PM
    February 27, 2017 Steve Suman Weather conditions leading up to this past weekend were far from conducive to winter recreational activities, culminating with cancellation of the 44th annual American Birkebeiner. However, the resulting new, non-weather-dependent BirkieFest celebration drew more than 10,000 skiers and spectators to party away the di...
  • 2/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   The 2017 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is now complete. As expected, things ended in a slow fashion with only 10 fish harvested over the last 7 days of the season (8 on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 1 on Wednesday, and 0 fish each of the last 4 days).  The seas...
  • 2/25/2017 4:15:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As expected there was a 0 fish harvest today, 3rd day in a row.  Tomorrow will be the last day of the season and I plan to put out more detailed reports following season closure.  So today's report is short, but much more information to come tomorrow!     We are...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, February  22, 2017Note…..Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly, check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.Angler’s All, 715-682-5754. and  River Rock Bait Shop, 715-682-3232. Ice fishing Contests on Chequamegon Bay:February 25th Neighborl...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    2/23/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Ice conditions vary use extreme caution.  This is a pic below is from the narrows landing 2-22-17 at 5:30 p.m. anglers reporting in anywhere from 6" to just over a foot.  Shore lines and bays are beginning to deteriorate.  The snowmobile stakes were removed from the...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We've been running on a 1 fish/day harvest for the last 2 days, but today was zeros across the board.  There were no fish registered on the Upriver Lakes or Lake Winnebago, so harvest numbers remain the same as yesterday (552 on Lake Winnebago; 295 on Upriver Lakes; system total 847...
  • 2/23/2017 8:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  I’ve been talking in many of my reports about the reduction in spearing effort, and in turn harvest. Well, today the inevitable finally happened; we had a 0 fish harvest on Lake Winnebago.  I’m not sure when the last 0 was recorded for a day of spearing on Lake Winnebago, but I’m ...
  • 2/23/2017 7:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The combination of unseasonably warm weather and rain is making winter activities in the North Woods a challenge. It is affecting ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing – especially this weekend’s American Birkebeiner, for which organizers are making a number of schedule changes. For the most current infor...
  • 2/23/2017 7:50:00 PM
    St. Croix’s five new Eyecon trolling rods let walleye anglers see, feel and CATCH what they’ve been missing Park Falls, WI (February 20, 2017) – Unpredictable? Oh yeah. Fickle? Goes without saying. Heck, why don’t we just simply call ‘em plain ol’ picky and be done with it. And if you target what is arguabl...
  • 2/23/2017 7:45:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: We are now through the 2nd weekend of sturgeon spearing and effort continues to decrease with each passing day.  A total of 17 fish were registered today with 14 coming from Lake Winnebago and 3 more from the Upriver Lakes.  The largest fish in today’s harvest was 132.2 pounds (75.2&rdquo...
  • 2/20/2017 11:10:00 AM
    In addition to a host of fly tying experts, guides and manufacturer representatives, 10 seminars will take place throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge and experience on subjects such as northern trout habitat, women in fishing, and recent stream restoration projects that trout fishermen should take advantage of. OnWisconsinOutdoor...
  • 2/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Day 6 of the 2017 sturgeon spearing season included the harvest of 44 fish (28 from Lake Winnebago and 16 from the Upriver Lakes). Stockbridge Harbor remained the busiest station with 11 fish registered, followed by Cal Harbor (6), Payne’s Point (4) and Wendt’s (4).  Registration num...
  • 2/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Warm weather returns putting winter back on its heals; ice anglers urged to remove shacks from lakes  Warm weather has swung back around, putting winter back on its heels and bringing changes to the o...
  • 2/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today marks the conclusion of the 5th day of the 2017 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System.  There were 32 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago and 18 from the Upriver Lakes today.  We are currently at 67% of both the adult female and male harvest caps and would need a harvest ...
  • 2/17/2017 9:40:00 AM
    Big week for crappies and bluegills plus some nice walleyes and northern pike.  Ice conditions are very good with 14 to 20 inches of good ice on most area lakes but still use caution when you are near areas with current. Travel conditions are very good with little to no snow on the lakes either.  This weekend may change things though with...
  • 2/17/2017 9:40:00 AM
     Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.   Bring the kids to an ice fishing clinic this Saturday, February, 18 on Pewaukee Lake. Details in the link. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/#tabx4.html Look for...
  • 2/17/2017 9:35:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there! We are now ¼ of the way through the 2017 sturgeon spearing season, and harvest numbers continue to drop with each passing day.  A total of 70 fish were registered today with 46 coming from Lake Winnebago and 24 from the Upriver Lake...
  • 2/14/2017 3:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2017 Steve Suman Following this week’s mild start, colder weather arrives for a few days, after which temperatures move to the 50s for the weekend and first part of next week. The good news for Birkie skiers, snowmobilers, and ice anglers is that temperatures then return to low-30s highs through the weekend! “Most area l...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information for Green Bay.  Please use extreme caution on any ice, as unseasonably warm temperatures have changed conditions.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the latest report...
  • 2/14/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: We are now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2017 lake sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.  I'm sure there will be many stories shared over the next few days of past spearing seasons, so I wanted to distribute a summary report from last speari...
  • 2/14/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 2 of the 2017 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a harvest of 115 fish from Lake Winnebago and 60 fish from the Upriver Lakes. That brings the season totals to 313 from Lake Winnebago and 183 from the Upriver Lakes.  We are currently at 19.0% of...