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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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  • 10/21/2016 9:30:00 AM
    Sun danced off the river and the bright fall colors on shore as I flipped my crankbait towards the rocky bank. I got the bait half way back to the boat when it jolted to a stop, feeling a fish pulling back. The fish tore off as my spinning rod was doubled over. Dark blue water, bright fall colors and a cloudless sky make for a good day of fishing ...
  • 10/21/2016 9:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman   According to this week’s forecast, every day following Monday should be sunny and somewhat mild, though cooler than in recent weeks. Perhaps most surprising is the lack of chances for rain and thunderstorms! This could be a GREAT week for outdoor recreation of all types – other than waterfowl hunting. Get out take a...
  • 10/17/2016 6:25:00 PM
    Fall fishing is in full swing now that last week’s cold nights helped to put the turnover behind us for the most part.  You may see surface temps top out in the mid 50’s or higher early in the week due to a couple of warm days, but, that won’t recreate a turnover as sub-surface temps will remain in the low 50’s now.Musk...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop with a professional guide service for Lake Superior and area inland lakes and rivers, offering the largest selection of baits and tackle in the Chequamegon Bay area.  For the most complet...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan weir reports for Strawberry Creek, Besadny, and the Root River have been updated.  Please visit the following webpages for current information: Strawberry Creek - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/StrawberryCreekWeirReport.html Besadny - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/BesadnyFacilityReport...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report was updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 10/17/2016 6:15:00 PM
    Madison – Next week, Wisconsin’s Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is hosting its second annual Cast and Blast event at Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek. Caucus co-chairs Senators Terry Moulton (R - Chippewa Falls) and Mark Miller (D - Monona) and Representatives Joel Kleefisch (R - Oconomowoc) and Nick Milroy (D - South...
  • 10/17/2016 6:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens  “I wish I had the boy. To help me and to see this.” – Ernest Hemmingway, The Old Man and the Sea Water punishes rocks as I climb into waders on the banks of Sauk Creek in the rising sun. Hints of October gold tint the willow bottoms along the plunge pools and a single blue heron stands watch above the high...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    October 10, 2016 Steve Suman This week (according to forecasts) brings cooler temperatures, but with generally improved chances for sunshine, especially when compared with many (most?) forecasts throughout this past summer and fall! It is October – enjoy it! “We are in a very late fall,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with ve...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    MADISON - Following a series of public meetings and review of comments submitted by stakeholders, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will preserve Lake Michigan chinook salmon stocking at current levels while maintaining a diverse and robust fishery. This will be accomplished by reducing stocking levels of other...
  • 10/13/2016 8:35:00 AM
    Wow, what an absolutely outstanding week for fishing. The musky bite was on-fire and action for walleyes and crappies was unbeatable.  We even picked up some very nice northern pike and a few nice bass.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s right now and it has really triggered a great fall feeding bonanza. For you musky guys n...
  • 10/13/2016 8:30:00 AM
    Finally the look and feel of fall is here.  Trees peaked, cold nights, temperate days.  It’s musky time!Musky:  Good-Very good.  Could be better if not for some high sky days.  Water temps have fallen and the sucker bite is on!  Surface temps for the weekend were between 55-61 degrees.    That has prett...
  • 10/13/2016 8:25:00 AM
    Lake Geneva’s water has been cooling slower than I can remember.  The water temperature is still 64-66 degrees.  The best bite has been largemouth bass.  They are in the medium depth rocks with weeds in 15-18 ft of water.  The best location has been by South Shore Club or by Trinkes.  They can either be caught while ...
  • 10/13/2016 8:25:00 AM
    The exceptionally warm fall has the fall bite delayed a bit.  With the cooler water temperatures the fishing is starting to improve.  The walleyes I’ve been catching are in 20-25 ft of water.  They can be caught on chrome and blue jigging Rapalas or lindy rigging extra large fat head minnows.  The best location has been b...
  • 10/13/2016 8:20:00 AM
    GREEN BAY -- As required by state law, a ban on baiting for hunting and feeding deer for recreational viewing or other purposes in Oconto and Menominee counties will take effect Nov. 1, 2016.Chronic wasting disease was detected in a captive white-tailed deer on a private hunting preserve in Oconto County and reported by the Department of Agric...
  • 10/6/2016 8:45:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for October 6, 2016  Attention Readers: We want to make sure we are providing you with the best customer service possible. You can help us do that. Next week’s Outdoor Report will include a link to a short survey asking about your experience with the&nb...
  • 10/6/2016 8:40:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report webpage has been updated, as well as the weir reports for Strawberry Creek, Besadny, and the Root River .  Please visit the following webpages for current information: Outdoor Fishing Report - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html Strawberry Creek -&nb...
  • 10/6/2016 8:40:00 PM
    Well the fall changeover has started and it has started off with a bang.  The musky bite has been nothing short of phenomenal this past week and you will see from the photos just how good it was. The walleyes and crappies have moved to their tradition fall locations and are stacked up.  Activity in the woods has increased with hunters see...
  • 10/6/2016 8:30:00 AM
    October 4, 2016 Annual Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative meeting will connect conservation and artMADISON - The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative's annual meeting will be held Oct. 27-29, 2016 at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Rothschild. WBCI has partnered with Bird City Wisconsin and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Ar...
  • 10/6/2016 8:30:00 AM
    DNR conservation wardens want the public to know they are transitioning from their nearly year-long public education phase of the new law banning the baiting and feeding of deer in Forest, Vilas and Oneida counties into enforcing the law as the fall hunting seasons start. The feeding of birds and small mammals still is allowed under ...
  • 10/6/2016 8:25:00 AM
    It’s beginning to look a lot like FALL!  Morning temps in the 40’s, highs in the 60’s.  Most lake’s surface temps in the 59-63 degree range.  If you can fish early or late and stay out of the no cloud little wind days, fishing has picked up.Walleye:  Good-Very Good.  Best over deep gravel humps along...
  • 10/6/2016 8:20:00 AM
    Water temps are holding around the low 60's on Washburn County lakes this week.  As we move into October look for cooling waters to concentrate fish all the more.  Musky fishing remains strong here, as lots of fish are still up shallow and are catchable. We've had multiple fish days this week.  Topwaters, shallow running crankbaits, ...
  • 10/6/2016 8:20:00 AM
    Andy Avgoulas, of Merton, caught this king salmon in the lower Milwaukee River on a hand-tied fly. The fish measured 39 inches and weighed in at 20 pounds.
  • 9/30/2016 8:10:00 AM
    By John Luthens Morning mist rose from the valley and swirled around my tent. I’d slept the honest sleep of the outdoors. If there were creatures in the night, they’d passed unaware. I chewed granola bars for breakfast, washing them down with more water than I cared to drink, filling my bottle from the bubbling stream below the trail b...
  • 9/30/2016 8:05:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Fall color coming on strong in Northwoods; recent rains have water conditions high for southern waterfowl opener  Fall colors are coming on strong across the Northwoods with some areas now reporting 5...