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3/8/2019
With Spring Turkey season just around the corner, Henry USA sent us a video now posted on our homepage that I know you’ll get a kick out of. The point is though, young hunters and smaller hunters won’t get a kick out of it at all. The wait for a gobbler can be too long to question whether or not you’re packing the right turkey load when he does show up (Dick Ellis Photo) Henry wanted to test the viability of their beautiful ...
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  • 6/20/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been fantastic both for the smallmouth bass and the largemouth bass.  The fish are starting to get into their summer patterns.  The thermocline has yet to form but it should be forming within the next week or so driving the northern pike to their summer homes. Smallmouth bass are in the water depth of 10-12 ft.  My b...
  • 6/20/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been fantastic both in numbers and size.  The fish are in their summer patterns, which is the deep weed line bite.  Bluegill fishing has been excellent.  I’ve been catching most of my fish in 13-14 ft of water right on the weed line.  The best approach is a small split shot and a single hook fi...
  • 6/20/2016 9:25:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3988  STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to seek public comments to aid in development of commercial whitefish rules for Lake Michigan.  To provide stakeholders with additional information about the fishery, DNR has posted proceedings and supporting ma...
  • 6/20/2016 9:25:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Rain throughout the week keeping water levels high, making for lush forest growth and good insect hatches  Wisconsin has received rain six of the last seven days, some heavy, which has kept water leve...
  • 6/20/2016 9:25:00 AM
    The Original Boonie Bait lure business.  I purchased this company from the original owner and creator Phil Graser of Mercer after he passed. The Original Boonie Bait lure is an extremely well built, well designed spinner bait with a huge following of anglers from Minnesota to Ohio (and of course Wisconsin).  These baits have and continue...
  • 6/15/2016 12:00:00 PM
    The past week ended with a huge storm, knocking out the power in much of the Lakeland area this past Friday night.  A week of very changing weather:  sun, clouds, cold (launched boat at 32 degrees on 6/7), wind, and flat calm.  Crazy ups, downs, and sideways so anglers had a lot of changes to deal with. Largemouth Bass:&nb...
  • 6/15/2016 12:00:00 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.
  • 6/15/2016 11:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman Once again, the forecast calls for chances of showers nearly every day this week, but temperatures are warmer and more summer-like! Do not let “chances” of rain deter you from any outdoor activities – plan ahead and take it day by day! “Musky anglers should target shallow weeds and rock near spawning bluegills ...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    About that long wait; Wisconsin bear hunters can hunt bear in Canada every year and enjoy some great fishing too while waiting for their Wisconsin tags.  Through some outfitters, like Sturgeon Lake Lodge in Ontario, which is often visited by OWO writer Dick Henske, (in fact right now he’s fishing Canada) moose tags ...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    Delavan Lake,WI largemouth caught with Dave Duwe's Guide Service   Fishing on Delavan has been excellent.  Most of the fish have completed their spawn.  The largemouth bass and bluegills have moved out on the weed line. The best location for the bluegills has been by Browns Channel or Assembly Park.  The fish have pulled ou...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    Karen with a nice Lake Geneva caught with Dave Duwe's Guide Service With the warming water temperature, fishing has started to improve greatly.  Both the largemouth and smallmouth are becoming very active.  Smallmouth bass have completed spawning and they are located on the break line near their spawning flats.  The best location...
  • 6/12/2016 1:05:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold an online media briefingMonday at 11 a.m. to discuss an upcoming series of stakeholders meetings and other citizen engagement opportunities related to salmon and trout management efforts in Lake Michigan.DNR will convene the three public meetings in late Jun...
  • 6/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
     ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  “Well, we’ve still got the dirty water shoved into the head of the bay, but they’re getting walleye anyway,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers All. She said walleye fishermen ...
  • 6/10/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Musky fishing picking up on northern lakes and Green Bay; recent rains have raised water levels on Wisconsin and other rivers  Recent rains have added to high water levels across the state. The W...
  • 6/10/2016 10:30:00 AM
    Mike Yurk There was the slightest tick on my line when I set the hook. There wasn’t any movement at first, but I could feel thumping against the line. Then the fish exploded, tearing off. My spinning rod was bent double as the fish raced away. I yelled to Doug that I had a big fish. Dropping his spinning rod, he grabbed the net.  Mike ...
  • 6/10/2016 10:00:00 AM
    A lot of rain this past week has the rivers and flowages in our area in central Wisconsin running high and dirty right now.  What that means is tough fishing but not impossible. When that water gets this high and dirty we usually give the river a day or two to start settling down or we spend a lot of our time on the main lake area.  We ge...
  • 6/10/2016 9:45:00 AM
    Students will learn more about furbearer identification and behavior, habitat requirements, trapping history, trapping techniques and placement, fur handling, trapping ethics, and trapping rules and regulations.   Those who did not purchase a trapping license in Wisconsin prior to 1992 are required to pass a trapper education course in o...
  • 6/10/2016 9:40:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3981      MADISON, Wis. - Rising water levels and bluff failures along Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shoreline are creating a serious threat to private property and public utilities in a number of communities. Among the hardest hit areas is the village of Mount Pleasant in Racine County...
  • 6/7/2016 10:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows cool temperatures (frost possible Tuesday night in some areas!) early in the week and “chances for showers” nearly every day. It also says mostly sunny for many of those same days. (Really?) Temperatures turn much warmer toward the end of this week and weekend. “Check the re...
  • 6/7/2016 10:00:00 AM
    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.
  • 6/7/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Derek and A.J. wait for the next hit.  Photo submitted by A.J. Saunders
  • 6/6/2016 2:05:00 PM
    Delavan has been overall very good.  The only bite not really available yet is the northern pike.  There are loads of bluegills and perch in the shallows currently and they are heavily feeding.  Bluegill action has been great in 3-4 ft of water.  The fish are now spawning so be selective in harvesting the catch, avoid keeping t...
  • 6/6/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Early June starting out a bit wet and windy. Water temps have settled into the mid 60’s and many species have settles into their late spring patterns. Walleye: Very Good. The cloud cover has benefitted day time walleye anglers. Casting diving cranks (ShadRaps, Flicker Shads, and Smash Shads) over and through cabbage beds of 8-12’ has p...
  • 6/6/2016 2:00:00 PM
    Lake Geneva fishing is starting to pick up with the warming waters.  The smallmouth bass have almost completed their spawn and remain near their spawning flats.  Next to spawn will be the largemouth bass which will happen in the next week or so.  Smallmouth bass are near their spawning flats such as Elgin Club, South Shore Club and ...
  • 6/6/2016 1:55:00 PM
    By John Luthens My partner Tom Nigl and I staked out the bluegill ambush for weeks in advance. We traced the scene of the crime into a back bay of Lake Winnebago, just outside of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a place where a fallen willow tree had folded into the water over a sloping shoal. We made a vow that nothing would sneak into those sunken branch...