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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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  • 4/7/2016 8:25:00 AM
    April 4, 2016 Steve Suman Judging from forecasts today, it appears to be another week or so of “early spring” (i.e., late winter) weather and then a return to more moderate, comfortable temperatures. Maybe mild enough to store some winter-wear... just don’t put them in the back of the closet! “Mother Nature continues to p...
  • 4/5/2016 1:45:00 PM
    Despite cold temps (18 degrees this morning when I opened), lakes that opened up to some extent are NOT safe to access.  Reports in our area show only the south end of Big Arbor Vitae having enough ice (aprox 8") to fish and even that should be approached with extreme caution! Crappies:  Good.  When conditions allow.  Slo...
  • 4/5/2016 1:40:00 PM
    Madison – Wisconsin residents will be able to nominate and elect local representatives to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) at the DNR Spring Hearings & Conservation Congress’ annual county meetings held on Monday, April 11, starting at 7 p.m. in each county of the state (Spring Hearing locations).<http://d...
  • 4/5/2016 1:35:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for March 10, 2016 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Lakes opening up in the north, rivers running high; new panfish regulations on 93 lakes; Maple Syrup Festival this Saturd...
  • 4/5/2016 1:35:00 PM
    Well it’s been another great week for outdoor activities in Central Wisconsin.  The spring walleye bite has picked up on the Wisconsin River and we are also catching a few catfish and perch.  We went over and targeted some of the Green Bay walleyes this past week with very good success, and we started doing some of our pre-season tu...
  • 3/31/2016 9:20:00 AM
    This is my inaugural bi-monthly fishing report for the Wisconsin river area including Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes. My name is Bob Wilson owner of Gone Fishing Again Guide Service and I have been fishing or guiding this area for over 35 years, started with my grandfather at 6 years old. So let’s get started with the fishing report. &nb...
  • 3/31/2016 9:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman Wind and rain chances (should they prevail, and yes, the forecast includes snow) will help remove some of the ice this week, though it will end with a return to low temperatures below 20 degrees. Though we are officially more than a week into spring, it might take a bit of time before spring becomes full reality in the North Woods! &l...
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    Panfish regulations set to change on 93 lakes starting April 1MADISON - In an effort to improve panfish size on 93 Wisconsin lakes with the potential for bigger fish, new regulations take effect on April 1. - Read Full Article Trumpeter swan numbers soar – from zero to 4,700 in a generationMADISON -- The number of trumpeter sw...
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    Ice fishing season continues to shrink along with it’s most important ingredient..ice.  Fewer places are accessible everyday with a forecast of heavy rain for Wednesday (3/30) even the forecast for nighttime temps in the teens forFriday/Saturday (4/1 and 4/2) may not be enough to give the hard water anglers safe footing for the...
  • 3/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts: Below is a message from my colleague Adam Nickel (Winnebago System GamefishBiologist) about current water levels on the Wolf River along with a PDFversion of the 2015 Winnebago System Walleye Report.  I hope you enjoy theinformation and please forward any questions or comments to Adam(Adam.Nickel@wiscon...
  • 3/25/2016 8:45:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Ice conditions are changing very rapidly now. Going out onto the ice is NOT recommended. Anyone who plans to go out fishing should by all means bring an ice bar and check their way as they go. Flotation ...
  • 3/25/2016 8:40:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for March 24, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow returns to central Wisconsin; Lake Michigan steelhead runs underway; 39 elk arrive from Kentucky With a short...
  • 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...