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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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  • 7/21/2016 11:30:00 AM
    DNR offers additional guidance in wake of northern floodingASHLAND, Wis. - With flood waters receding throughout northern Wisconsin areas affected by last week's heavy rains, many property owners are working through the clean-up process to check wells, remove storm related debris and identify repairs that may require permits. - Read Full Artic...
  • 7/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Mid-Summer has not been typical. Morning temps in the 40’s put the early bite off. Heat coming in this week should light a fire under a few species as was noted by the afternoon and evening anglers as of late.Smallmouth Bass: Very Good. Good numbers and big fish. Several cracking 21” this weekend, moving the interest in these battlers. ...
  • 7/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman   This week has the potential to be much better than last week (that is not asking much), but it could be a warm one. Do not become cabin-bound due to the weather. Check daily forecasts and enjoy the North Woods!   “Despite lingering effects from the big storm,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “anglers rep...
  • 7/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    SUBJECT: Voting open for fish stamp contestshttp://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4011Online voting is now underway for the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp andthe Inland Trout Stamp contests organized by the Wisconsin Department ofNatural Resources.With 13 submissions including eight in the inland category and five in theGreat Lakes catego...
  • 7/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been mediocre for fishing.  The lake continues to be in the regular summer pattern.  The most consistent bite has been northern pike or largemouth bass.  The bigger fish are moving off the weedline to their deep summer haunts. Northern Pike action has been best in Fontana on the break line in 27-31 ft of water. ...
  • 7/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Weather inconsistencies have made for interesting fishing conditions this past week but with that said the bite has been very good. Water temperatures have dropped a few degrees the past few days with the recent cold front but that won’t last long with much warmer temperatures in the forecast.   Water levels are a bit high with rece...
  • 7/19/2016 9:45:00 AM
    With the high water temperatures and algae bloom, Delavan Lake has been rather difficult to fish.  The big schools of largemouth have been few and far between.  The best action on the lake remains the bluegills, which have been above average in size this summer. Largemouth bass fishing has been best in 15-17 ft of water.  I’ve...
  • 7/17/2016 11:15:00 PM
    Lake Michigan anglers asked to aid chinook salmon, lake trout research  Anglers asked to save and donate heads of stocked fish  Great fishing action prompts call for participation   MILWAUKEE – With reports of great salmon and trout fishing this summer in Wisconsin ports up and down Lake Michig...
  • 7/17/2016 11:10:00 PM
    July 12, 2016 Lake Michigan anglers asked to aid chinook salmon and lake trout researchMILWAUKEE -With reports of great salmon and trout fishing this summer in Wisconsin ports up and down Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to aid critical fisheries research by donating the heads of fish they harvest...
  • 7/17/2016 11:10:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 7/10/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been very good.  The fish still remain in relatively shallow water.  The best bite is in 12-16 ft of water.  The thermocline is forming but is not yet complete. Northern Pike action has been good in the 30-32 ft depth range.  Look for them near the Fontana Beach or in Williams Bay.  The best bait is...
  • 7/10/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Delavan Lake fishing has been great.  The algae bloom that was all encompassing the lake subsided with last weeks rain.  The water clarity is above average for this time of year. Walleye fishing has slowed with the warmer water temperatures.  The walleyes I’ve been catching have been while fishing for something else in 15-16 f...
  • 7/10/2016 1:55:00 PM
    Beautiful day to get out on the area lakes. Spawn is pretty much over and the fish are going deeper. We had 2 couples in this week that nick-named  Rick , the" fishing magician". They caught northern, bass, perch, crappies and sunnies. Mostly on Spooner with the traditional jig and waxie for the panfish and crankbaits for the la...
  • 7/10/2016 1:55:00 PM
    Things really heated up this past week with virtually non-stop action from all species.  Water temperatures have steadied out in the mid-70  degree range and the fish have really been putting on the feed bag. Musky fishing has been really good with early mornings and late afternoon/evening being the best time to be on the water.  ...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Nice days, but, cold mornings have been the past week’s biggest drawback.  Morning temps in the 40’s dropping surface temps on some lakes back into the 60’s.  Afternoons and evening have been the best times to fish overall.  Largemouth Bass:  Good – Very good.  Even this species has been affected by...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman This summer is one for the Scouts – “Be prepared!” While the forecast does indicate some sunshine this next week, it shows more chances for rain and thunderstorms. Do not allow weather predictions to deter you from enjoying outdoor activities. Make plans, follow them, and be a good Scout and go prepared! “Unsta...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva remains excellent.  The best success remains in the 12-14 ft water depth.  The fish have been very active with the warmer water. Largemouth bass action has been very good by Trinkes and by piers 1-20.  The best approach is Senkos fished Wacky style or split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  The fish appear to b...
  • 7/10/2016 1:50:00 PM
    Even though you’ve read reports about the blue-green algae, the fishing remains very good.  All the species are in their summer patterns and biting aggressively.  Because of the algae, pleasure boat traffic has been substantially less than normal this time of year.  I’m not an expert on the algae, but I don’t think ...
  • 7/10/2016 1:45:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3998 FISH CREEK, Wis. - People interested in learning how to fish can attend a free "Learn 2 Fish with Us" event on Sunday, July 24 at Peninsula State Park. Greg Karch leads a Learn 2 Fish workshop at Peninsula State Park in 2015. He will hold another workshop at the park this year ...
  • 7/10/2016 1:45:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 7/10/2016 1:35:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, and River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, report the following:     This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing is going strong depending on the day and the weather, according to Roger LaPenter, Fishing Guide and co-owner of Anglers All and Scott B...
  • 7/10/2016 1:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for July 7, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Great weather brought out crowds for holiday weekend followed by storms that brought down trees, power lines across t...
  • 7/10/2016 1:30:00 PM
    I have always had a respect for and a fear of fire.  I have stared into a blazing fire and I have caught myself nearing a hypnotic state.  At our onetime property up in Phelps, I did enjoy a good marshmallow roasting, stone rimmed campfire and creating s’mores on the beach. Also, my wife and I really do savor a glowing fire in our f...
  • 7/10/2016 1:20:00 PM
    As we are closing in on July, I am wondering where the month of June went.  Next week is the 4th of July and we are full swing into summer!  With that said the month ended out on a good solid note.  Fishing was very good for all species with musky and walleye topping that list.  Water temperatures have come down a bit with the l...
  • 7/6/2016 7:45:00 PM
    Captain Todd Lensing Being a professional waterfowl guide for nearly 15 years, I’ve tried many products on the market and often find myself going back to keeping it simple and basic. When I got bit by the bass fishing bug 10 years ago, you would think I would apply the same logic I’ve learned from my waterfowling experience to my fishi...