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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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  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Good news for Wisconsin wildlife - winter severity index data shows a mild Wisconsin winter so far in 2015-16MADISON - With winter coming to a close in Wisconsin, 2015-16 winter severity index data shows it is shaping up to be considered a mild winter, overall. - Read Full Article Public comment period for preliminary antlerless harvest quota...
  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Open water fishing is off to a great start here in Central Wisconsin.  Water temperatures are in the upper 30’s to lower 40 degree range and the water levels are perfect for the spring walleye run to begin.  Turkey hunters are getting anxious with the spring season is only a few weeks, away and with near perfect conditions it should...
  • 3/22/2016 11:25:00 AM
    We’re kind of stuck in between seasons here in the Phillips Wisconsin area right now with the ice on area lakes not being safe for foot travel but still too much ice for safe boat travel. Most of the area flowages have vast areas of open water on them with the Phillips Chain being about 50% open. Rivers are still very high after last ...
  • 3/22/2016 11:25:00 AM
    We have more and better ice today (3/22) than last Friday (3/18).  Anyone surprised?  Nights in the teens and not very warm days actually firmed up the ice and made a little.  Not everywhere is safe, a few lakes have had shoreline ice pull away enough to prohibit access.  There are still plenty of other options throughout the ar...
  • 3/22/2016 11:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman The weather forecast last week listed rain chances nearly every day. This week – a week later and following the “official” start of spring – the weather forecast lists chances for snow every day. Temperatures this week are generally stable, with most highs in the low to mid-40s and most lows in the low 20s. Keep...
  • 3/22/2016 11:15:00 AM
    By John Luthens It was the heart of the turbulent weather season of March, and I was stuck in the office for what was shaping up to be a stormy week.  Monday dawned grey and chilly outside and endlessly monotonous inside. Tuesday started out the same. It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that the storm clouds of labor parted. Wednesda...
  • 3/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
    We have more and better ice today (3/22) than last Friday (3/18).  Anyone surprised?  Nights in the teens and not very warm days actually firmed up the ice and made a little.  Not everywhere is safe, a few lakes have had shoreline ice pull away enough to prohibit access.  There are still plenty of other options throughout the ar...
  • 3/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
    March madness it is, and not just in basketball.  Here in central Wisconsin we have dramatically changed gears and everything has gone topsy-turvy.  The recent heavy downpours have completely diminished the ice and opened up area lakes.  The drastic amount of rain has charged rivers to flood levels only seen 4 times in the last 100 y...
  • 3/18/2016 10:00:00 AM
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Lake Michigan anglers increased their efforts and reeled in greater numbers of native species including lake trout and walleye in 2015, even as the overall sport fish harvest declined due to lower catches of salmon and stocked trout.   Results from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 2015 survey of angler...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    DNR ramping up efforts to address Kewaunee County water quality issuesMADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is ramping up its efforts to work with stakeholder groups to address ongoing water quality issues in Kewaunee County. - Read Full Article With help from Wisconsin’s hunters, sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    From the forecast, I would have been sure the ice would be done by now.  Instead, since a few nights dipped below freezing last week and the rain never really showed Sunday, we still have fishable ice throughout much of the Lakeland area. Ice thickness that ranged 16-20” last week is now down to 9-13” with the top 2-3” ...
  • 3/15/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Most of the area rivers and streams have opened up with the recent runoff during our abnormal warm temps. All of the dams on the Elk river system have good amounts of water moving thru them and high current areas of the areas flowages like the Phillips Chain, Musser and Soo lakes have started to open. The South Fork of the Flambeau river is wide op...
  • 3/15/2016 10:35:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  With daytime highs in the 40s and even some 50s, ice conditions are changing very rapidly now.   “Can you get out there (on the ice) is one question,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Anglers Al...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Wisconsin has experienced some unseasonably warm weather in the last week with daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s and even a low 70 reported in Milwaukee. The warm weather has melted most of the snow cover statewide, with just snow surviving in some forested areas of the Northwoods. Snowmobile and cross-country ski trails are now closed statew...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    After a week of watching the fishing plummet right along with the air temperature (20 below on Valentine’s Day) some fresh reports from Monday (2/15) are going to help add a little better outlook on this week’s report.  The sub-zero temps and winds kept most anglers looking for other things to do this past weekend.  ...
  • 3/10/2016 2:45:00 PM
    It has been another fantastic week for ice fishing here in Central Wisconsin.  With the warm temperatures this past week the ice conditions have started to diminish but we still have good safe ice on a lot of area lakes. Ice thicknesses range from 13 to 18 inches on most area lakes, but the river systems are opening up and bodies of water that...
  • 3/9/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman  A warm and windy Sunday brightened the spirits of many, but not necessarily snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Ice anglers, too, will have to deal with less than ideal conditions this week as the warm temperatures and rain will continue to affect the ice cover. Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend (technically ...
  • 3/9/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Thanks to high winds last Monday (2/29) that blew most of the remaining snow off the lakes, followed by nights in the single digits, we started the weekend with the best ice/travel conditions of the season.  It’s going to go downhill from here.  While forecast can’t always be trusted (didn’t rain last night), the call i...
  • 3/9/2016 1:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens Aldo Leopold was a teacher and a conservationist. His cutting-edge philosophy and essays on wildlife management, developed in large part from his humble farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, are standard-issue reading and standard-issue quoting for outdoor enthusiasts around the world. Deep thinkers like Leopold tend to plop me into a poo...
  • 3/9/2016 1:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing continues to be pretty good for those who are venturing out.  A wide variety of fish are being caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake. The wind and warme...
  • 3/9/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:The last week of the sturgeon spearing season provided time for data entryduring the season, and as a result we already have the list of successfulspearers prepared and ready to distribute.  I have attached three documents:1) Successful spearer list including the length, weight, sex, date ofharves...
  • 3/4/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:The last week of the sturgeon spearing season provided time for data entryduring the season, and as a result we already have the list of successfulspearers prepared and ready to distribute.  I have attached three documents:1) Successful spearer list including the length, weight, sex, date ofharves...
  • 3/4/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Holy smokes was it ever a great week to be out on the ice.  The flags were flying and the fish were going crazy.  We had one of the best weeks I can possibly remember. The northern pike bite was just crazy this past week, with not only numbers but some big fish too.  Most of the action came on tip-ups baited up with large golden s...
  • 3/4/2016 1:10:00 PM
    A February record temperature for Saturday (52 degrees) unfortunately did not set any records for fish catching. As been the case on most of our nicer weekends, great weather did not equate to great fishing. Maybe it was the number of anglers, maybe the high barometer at times. While certain lakes produced well, others that had been imp...
  • 2/29/2016 5:35:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System is now officially over with a total harvest of 703 fish (396 from Lake Winnebago and 307 from the Upriver Lakes).   I was expecting a decrease in harvest today as many spearers pulled their shacks yesterday. That was indeed the c...