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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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  • 9/25/2015 10:25:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for September 24, 2015  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Fall color reaching near 50 percent in parts of the north; fall color festivals this weekend Fall color is rea...
  • 9/23/2015 3:25:00 PM
    September 22, 2015 New video takes viewers on a tour of Wisconsin State ParksMADISON -- From biking, hiking and camping to kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding and more, the Wisconsin State Park System has something for everyone, and a new video is inviting people to take a tour of the properties and then stop by and visit one.  -&n...
  • 9/23/2015 3:20:00 PM
    Excitement over and eagle plate Bald eagle license plate celebrates a comeback and raises funding for endangered resources. Find out how to order yourendangered resources license plate today. 10th annual Sturgeon Fest A free, family oriented event onSaturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore State P...
  • 9/23/2015 3:15:00 PM
    While still a bit warm for mid-September, temps are cooling a bit on area lakes.  Once again, wind was the biggest hindrance to anglers this past week, with bouts of high pressure also making things a bit difficult.  Overall though, fishing has been good.  Walleyes:  Very good.  Casting 1/16 oz. weedless jigs tipped with r...
  • 9/23/2015 3:10:00 PM
    With the cooler water, the fishing is slowly starting to improve.  As we head toward fall, the fishing should improve weekly.  This past week was a challenge, but expected better catches are on the way.  The fall patterns are starting to form. Northern Pike are starting to aggressively hit large suckers.  I’m catching the...
  • 9/23/2015 3:10:00 PM
    As the water has been cooling the fishing action has been improving almost daily.  The fish that weren’t biting last week are starting to feed.  The best bite on the lake remains smallmouth bass and rock bass. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 22-25 ft of water.  They are on deep water structure.  The best bait has been...
  • 9/23/2015 3:10:00 PM
    September 21, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman Moderate September temperatures continue through this week, with chances for showers nearly every day. The forecast promises a mild, sunny Saturday for Hayward Fall Festival. The 31st Annual Hayward Fall Festival is this Saturday, September 26, starting at 9 a.m. The family orien...
  • 9/23/2015 3:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens Outside, the wilds of the day had an alluring draw. It was the threshold of summer and autumn, the September air still alive with the hum of bees and grasshoppers, but a crisp breeze swaying the leaves and showing a hint of changing color around their edges. Inside, I sifted through the wilds of my house. By wilds, I mean a pile o...
  • 9/21/2015 8:55:00 PM
    It has been an extremely busy past couple of weeks here in Central Wisconsin.  With the Bear Season opener and fall fishing in full swing, the action and excitement is beyond belief. Bear season opened with a bang and Jim Parquette tagged out in the first couple of hours on a very nice boar.  A nice clean kill with his bow and arrow ov...
  • 9/21/2015 8:45:00 PM
    DNR asks for angler assistance, launches online tool<http://22.selectsurvey.net/DNR/ReportGobies>  to report round gobies assampling efforts continue in Fox River, Lake WinnebagoReport gobies here: http://22.selectsurvey.net/DNR/ReportGobiesContact(s): Kendall Kamke, DNR Oshkosh Fisheries team supervisor,920-424-7880, kendall.k...
  • 9/21/2015 8:40:00 PM
    You are subscribed to Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/AnglerEducation/LoanerContacts.html New tackle loaner sites - Our list of tackle loaner site contacts has been updated and we've added a few sites to bri...
  • 9/21/2015 8:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for September 17, 2015  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) First migratory Canada geese moving into state; chinook salmon continue to stage near tributaries Hunters had ...
  • 9/21/2015 8:35:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:The Winnebago System may not have a hook and line sturgeon fishery, but there are numerous waters in the state that do. One of the more heavily targeted fisheries is on Yellow Lake in Burnett County. The current state record (hook and line) lake sturgeon was caught on Yellow lake in 1979; weighing 17...
  • 9/15/2015 7:30:00 PM
    Talk About Moonstruck… Luke Ellis with a 52-inch musky caught and released this week while fishing with Guide Jason Hamernick and Muskie Breath Guide Service in Minnesota. How about 50.5-inch and 52-inch muskies caught and released 20 minutes apart during the moonset/sunset period? And enough action on other fish caught, seen or lost in ...
  • 9/15/2015 7:20:00 PM
    31 inch northern on the backwaters of the Wisconsin River By Wayne Morgenthaler The Fall season is starting with the fog in the mornings and cooler temperature but the fish are in a good biting mood on the Wisconsin River.  Sturgeon season is now under way and make sure to read the rules and regulations.  The sturgeon are on the move ...
  • 9/15/2015 7:20:00 PM
    September 15, 2015 Fall color change reflects healthy forest diversity as different species start to turn MADISON -- Wisconsin’s fall color show is just beginning in northern Wisconsin and the changing colors help highlight the state’s healthy forest diversity, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forestry experts say. &...
  • 9/15/2015 7:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens It was a sleepy September morning in the quiet streets of Cumberland, Wisconsin. The sun had yet to crest the horizon over the farm fields and maple-lined valleys in Barron County, and the only beacon of activity came from the bean-canning plant on the outskirts of town, pouring a steady flow of Wisconsin’s finest harvest fro...
  • 9/15/2015 7:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman The North Woods enjoyed a beautiful weekend and the forecasts indicate this should be one special week for outdoor activities. Expect warm days and mild nights, with a few chances for showers from mid-week into the weekend. Take advantage of the exceptional weather – it is not a long-term proposition! “Cooler temperatures ...
  • 9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM
    With the warm weather and cold fronts, the fishing has been up and down.  We are in a weird transition period from the heat of the summer to the fall pattern.  The best bite on the lake continues to be the bluegills.    The walleye have been almost non-existent so far. Bluegill fishing has been very good in 14-16 ft of wat...
  • 9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM
    Overall the fishing on Lake Geneva has been above average for the transition period between summer and fall.  There hasn’t been large numbers of catches but there are fish to be had. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good.  The average catch has been 6-10 fish per trip.  The fish are being caught in 22-25 ft of water.  The...
  • 9/12/2015 12:45:00 PM
    Ingenious in its simplicity, the Ned Rig is one of the newer innovations in the continually evolving world of plastic bait fishing for bass. It may have been around for a while, but I first started using the Ned Rig last year. It rapidly became a favorite and very productive presentation for me and has caught a lot of bass. A Google search reveale...
  • 9/12/2015 12:35:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. - Employing tools from social media and the social sciences, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has launched a mobile friendly means to report findings of unwanted gobies in the lower Fox River above the Rapide Croche Dam and in Lake Winnebago.   Anglers who catch a round goby should kill it and if they have access t...
  • 9/12/2015 12:20:00 PM
  • 9/10/2015 10:25:00 AM
      MINNETONKA, Minn. (July 14, 2015) — Fashioned with the perfect detail to fool even the most finicky of fish, Rapala’s new Custom HD (High Definition) finishes are the most life-like replicas of nature available in a hardbait. Talk about taking “Match the Hatch” to the extreme. “These Custom HD finishes look ...
  • 9/10/2015 10:05:00 AM
    Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock seasons set to openMADISON - Prospects are good for fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting seasons, according to state wildlife officials who say hunters should look forward to another exciting year in the field.  -  Read Full Article Game bird brood production sees inc...