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3/5/2020
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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  • 9/30/2015 12:50:00 PM
    Continuing to make hay when the sun shines on the September Wisconsin hunting and fishing seasons, I landed on the Embarrass River Friday with Guide Gordy Pagel to target smallies during a 6-hour float trip. Gordy is a great guide and things went smoothly as expected on this beautiful Wolf River tributary despite post-rain high water giving the fis...
  • 9/30/2015 12:30:00 PM
    By DICK HENSKE Canada has always has had an appeal that won’t quit.  The beauty of rugged and unspoiled wilderness humbles you.  The areas are vast and private; a place where you can travel for miles and miles and have your breath taken away by every glimpse you catch. There are hundreds of clear sparkling fresh water lakes and end...
  • 9/30/2015 12:30:00 PM
    When hunting, fishing or traveling to Canada, you need to make some basic preparations. Get a passport if you don’t have one and make sure your passport is current.  There are also  FAST cards, but they have limitations.  Children need appropriate documentation.  Passports are recommended.  I take a permission letter...
  • 9/30/2015 12:25:00 PM
    MINNETONKA, Minn. (July 14, 2015) — Few can improve on perfection like MarCum®, but the brand has done it again this year with new flasher-sonar displays that prevents snow buildup and increases viewing angles, allowing easy sight lines from all sides on its traditional flashers. “MarCum’s legendary performance ha...
  • 9/29/2015 2:35:00 PM
    Christy Goudy celebrates her 22-inch plus smallie taken with Max O’Neil just prior to release. By Max O’Neil I recently had a gigantic smallmouth bass in the net while fishing Pewaukee Lake with my girlfriend, Christy Goudy. The evening trip was planned with night crawlers and bobbers as opposed to throwing for musky. She had caught...
  • 9/29/2015 2:35:00 PM
    Another week of great fishing started to slow down by Friday/Saturdaythanks to the same cloudless days, but, by Sunday (9/27) things started to pick back up and by the afternoon, good reports came back in by musky and walleye anglers.    Musky:  Good-Very Good.  Action that slowed by Fri/Sat picked back up as re...
  • 9/29/2015 2:30:00 PM
    We know that it's almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Wisconsin on September 28, but winter will arrive soon and lakes will freeze over for a season of ice fishing. Start organizing Winter Free Fishing Weekend events in your community and invite adults who missed out as kids! A planning form is available online. Fill it out, send it in and wil...
  • 9/29/2015 2:30:00 PM
    September 28, 2015 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   This week’s high temperatures are still in the 60-degree range, but frost is in the forecast. Anglers fishing the annual Hayward Lakes Chapter Muskies, Inc. Muskie Tournament (this weekend) usually experience an abrupt change in weather patterns, but the weather ofte...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    9/25/15- Reported by AAA Sports  This beautifull weather has the fishing season extended. We're getting in musky suckers for the fall. We have guys in staying on McKenzie Lake this week that have caught walleye, crappies, 1 small muskie, and a few bass, using a variety of live baits and crankbaits. The small waxies are still popular...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan Lake has been overall very spotty.  The best bite on the lake has been bluegills or northern pike.  If you happen to run into a concentration of largemouth or smallmouth bass you can catch quite a few but if you find the school consider yourself lucky. The largemouth bass have been in and around the piers on the north ...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has been mediocre lately.  One day they are biting and the next the large and smallmouth bass seem to have disappeared.  We’ve settled into a stable weather pattern with warmer than average temps and it seems to be making fishing just a bit more difficult.  The best action on the lake has been smallmouth bass when y...
  • 9/25/2015 10:30:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the year is coming up and anglers are already getting excited for that classic fall bite.  Shallow-water fishing will be picking up...
  • 9/25/2015 10:30:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3729  BOWLER, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved a rule establishing a daily bag limit of three walleye with varying size limits on most waters of the Ceded Territory in northern Wisconsin. The rule covers walleye (walleye, sauger and hybrids)...
  • 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 ...