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In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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  • 2/29/2016 5:30:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Only two more days remain before another sturgeon spearing season closes on Lake Winnebago.  Today’s harvest of 11 sturgeon brings the season total to 375 fish on Lake Winnebago (682 for the Winnebago System).  The northern stations continue to lead the way with 6 fish registere...
  • 2/29/2016 5:30:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today’s fishery has closed, meaning that there is only 1 more day remaining in the 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago.  Today’s harvest of 13 fish brings the season total to 388 through the first 15 days.  There were not any 100 pound fish harvested today, but t...
  • 2/29/2016 5:20:00 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 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. “They’re fish...
  • 2/26/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Outdoor Report for February 25, 2016 - Wisconsin DNR With the past week's general rise in temperature following an almost Spring-like weekend, snow and ice depths, integrity and visibility are changing dramatically across the state and will continue to do so as we move towards this weekend's warmer weather. Several areas of the state received an...
  • 2/26/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Only 3 days remain for the 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System.  Today’s harvest included 12 fish (6 registered at Stockbridge Harbor, 3 at Payne’s Point, and 3 at  Calumet Harbor) and brings the season total to 364 fish from Lake Winnebago (2.76%...
  • 2/24/2016 4:35:00 PM
    This year’s Expo will feature over 120 exhibitors! Our partnership with the local chapter of Safari Club International was a big success last year, and we will continue working together in a joint effort to bring the very best outfitters to Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Canada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, the best from the Midwes...
  • 2/24/2016 12:25:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: There were 8 lake sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today (8 registered at Stockbridge Harbor, 2 at Calumet Harbor, and 1 at each station of Payne’s Point and Wendt’s).  Through the first 11 days,  there has been a harvest of 342 fish from Lake Winnebago, 7 of which h...
  • 2/24/2016 12:15:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  There were considerably fewer shanties on Lake Winnebago today, even relative to the past weekend.  As a result, harvest was down and included only 9 fish being registered today (5 at Stockbridge Harbor, 2 at Payne’s Point, 2 at Jim and Linda’s, and 0 at Wendt’s).&n...
  • 2/24/2016 12:15:00 PM
    February 22, 2016 Steve Suman The weekend’s mild, wet weather was far from perfect for Birkie skiers, snowmobilers, and ice anglers, but all went forward and (most) enjoyed a good time following their favorite pursuits. This week, nights turn colder with temperatures in the teens (that should firm up things!), highs fluctuate from teens to ...
  • 2/24/2016 12:15:00 PM
    Scott ‘ Coach’ StankowskiSenior Outdoor Writer February 23, 2016 Shawano—On Saturday, February 20, over 450 students and 100 coaches gathered for Wisconsin’s 6thannual high school ice fishing championship.  This year’s event took place on Shawano Lake on an unseasonably balmy day that resulted in up to 2&rd...
  • 2/24/2016 12:10:00 PM
    Finally something to write a report about! Fishing picked up across the board over the weekend, with Saturdays west winds and above freezing temps bringing the best of the weeks fishing. Yellow Perch: Very Good. Deep water anglers plying the mud flats of 20-30’ of water had good success using Halis, Pimples, Perch Talkers and VMC Chandelier...
  • 2/24/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  The 2nd Saturday of the 2016 sturgeon spearing season is now complete with a harvest today of 32 fish.  Stockbridge Harbor and Quinney were the busiest stations today each registering 9 fish.  I made a loop around the lake today, stopping at many of our registration station...
  • 2/24/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Fellow Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The harvest from day 9 was very similar to that of day 8, with 28 fish being harvested today (32 yesterday) and the stations on the east shore of Lake Winnebago being the busiest.  There was one fish larger than 100 pounds harvested today, and that fish was Robert Klassa’s 73....
  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    Ashland Area Fishing Report for Feb. 19, 2016   ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  With the rain and warmer temperatures, conditions are changing constantly.  The weather forecast for this weekend has been altered drastically with a pred...
  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    2/19/2016- Reported by AAA Sports  The past 2 days we have had some good reports. Crappies, perch and walleye around the area have been good early morning on Spooner Lake and Lipsie Lake. Early evening has been good on Shell Lake.  A guy was in with his limit of panfish off of Dilly Lake.  They are using mostly...
  • 2/24/2016 12:00:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Day 7 is now in the books and harvest decreased on Lake Winnebago today compared to the past two days.  Today’s harvest of 20 fish brings the season total on Lake Winnebago to 265 fish, 5 of which have exceeded 100 pounds.  The biggest fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today wa...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    While many regions of the state were just finishing shoveling after this past week's snowfall, this weekend promises significantly warmer temperatures across the state with a high chance of snowmelt especially in the south. That being said, some area lakes in the Northwoods are holding on 10 to 12 inches of ice, with a thin and more brittle layer o...
  • 2/19/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   As promised I have produced a vignette comparing the early season harvest of the 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago to those of past seasons, particularly full 16 day seasons that occurred within the last 15 years.  As stated in the vignette, we aren’t plowing new groun...
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: The saga continues with the 2016 sturgeon spear season on the Lake Winnebago System as Day 4 is now complete.  A total of 38 fish were harvested today (11 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Yesterday we had the biggest fish of the last two seasons harvested (147.9 poun...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Fellow Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: Day 3 of the 2016 sturgeon spearing season is now complete and the total harvest dropped substantially from yesterday.  There were a total of 44 fish harvested on the Winnebago System today (24 from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes).  There were only 5 adult females harvested o...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast continues to change, but it appears we have a warming trend starting, with a mix of precipitation early and late in the week. The current prediction for Friday and Saturday (during this weekend’s American Birkebeiner), is about 40 degrees. “Most lakes still have 8-10 inches of ice,” says Pa...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    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.  Those ...
  • 2/19/2016 9:45:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement is asking for the public's help in solving a case of property damage and interfering with lawful fishing/harassment. Sometime after close of sturgeon spearing (1 p.m.) on Sat., February 13, and opening of spearing (7 a.m.) on Sun. February 14, an individual had his spearing shack complet...
  • 2/19/2016 9:35:00 AM
    Ice conditions in Central Wisconsin are very good with an average of 14 to 18 inches of good solid ice on most lakes with little snow cover making travel and access very good.  Further north we are encountering lakes with lots of snow cover and several inches of deep slush making for difficult travel conditions.   The fishing has been g...
  • 2/19/2016 9:35:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  A wide variety of fish continue to be caught in the area, including brown trout, whitefish, perch, northern pike and splake. “People are fishing up to Houghton Point now,” said Carolyn Swartz, co-owner...