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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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  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3574 MADISON - Proposals to simplify Wisconsin's inland trout fishing regulations and to improve panfish populations on 100 lakes statewide received overwhelming support by voters at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every cou...
  • 4/17/2015 11:05:00 AM
      Great fishing in northern Wisconsin’s beautiful Iron County awaits your family from Island Lake right out the back door, or the Gile or Turtle Flambeau flowages just an easy drive away.  For more information on this spacious cabin rental, see ad below.  
  • 4/14/2015 12:25:00 PM
    The pond behind the shop went ice free on 4/10.  Typically this means Lake Minocqua will be ice free in 7-10 days.  Thanks to temps cracking 70 degrees, lots of sun and high winds, Lake Minocqua is more than 50% ice free already.  Many other lakes are already open and with a forecast of daytime highs in the 50’s and 60's, con...
  • 4/14/2015 12:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The forecast for this week should bring a smile to anyone in Hayward and the North Woods – warm and sunny, highs in the mid 60s, and a few minimal chances for rain showers. This is an excellent week to prepare for the May 2 fishing opener! “Open water spurred some panfish anglers to get on the lakes,” says Pat at Hap...
  • 4/14/2015 12:05:00 PM
    Grant Ellis, with largemouth bass taken and released, and Tate Ellis, with crappie taken and eaten along with a bunch of other unfortunates, both great-nephews of the OWO publisher, are being watched closely by the authorities for, as quoted from the complaint, “obvious potential to decimate both species.  
  • 4/14/2015 12:00:00 PM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Anglers are anxiously awaiting ice-out on the bay and the start of open-water fishing.  In the meantime, some people have been taking ...
  • 4/14/2015 11:50:00 AM
    By Mike Yurkbassinmajor@yahoo.com Spring came early this year after the last two years of long and lingering winters. Easter was also early this year and the Monday after Easter we were on our way to the Mississippi River. The weathermen on television said to expect rain and as I pulled out of my driveway in Hudson, Wisconsin a light dribble of ra...
  • 4/14/2015 11:45:00 AM
    The snow is gone for now, but I am sure we might get a little more.  The water level is very low in the streams and lakes.  Trout fishing is catch and release for a while.  With the water being low, the best fishing is on small streams during the day.  The big three streams for Richland County are Mill Creek, Pin...
  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Nearly all lakes and flowages in northwestern Wisconsin became ice free in the last week and ice-out is progressing fast on waters in northcentral and northeast Wisconsin and all waters should be fully open by the middle of next week. With the open water, DNR fisheries crews have begun their spring surveys of walleye and northern pike populations....
  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Fisheries Enthusiasts:   Our Oshkosh fisheries staff has been fielding quite a few questions about the progress of the walleye spawn and the impacts of lower water on this year’s spawn.  As a result, Adam Nickel (walleye biologists) drafted the following response for distribution   Hello Winnebago Enthusiasts...
  • 4/9/2015 2:10:00 PM
    Great action in the central Wisconsin area for anglers as the y head out to open water for the first few times of the season. The walleye bite (despite low water) has been exceptionally good so far this season with not only numbers of fish but some real lunkers too.  Most of the action has been in the deeper pools on the...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    MADISON -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that maintains a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory.The department developed the rule to manage the walleye fishery after listening to citizens and stakeholders eager for more predictable and uniform angling regulatio...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    As you all have probably heard by now, Canine Influenza (CIV) has been positively diagnosed in dogs from the Chicago Area. There are also cases in Indiana and Iowa.  Good Morning America reported today that there is one positive case in Milwaukee. Since this is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    Updated on 4-8-2015: the info brief has been posted for the following item on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April agenda: 7.A.
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman Ice is deteriorating on North Wood’s lakes, an encouraging sign of spring, yet we had a four-inch snowfall Easter Sunday night! Additional “precipitation” in the forecast this week will be short-lived, with high temperatures in the 40- to 60-degree range. “This year,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “we s...
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Following a weekend of several reports of anglers breaking thought…one needing rescue, thankfully no fatalities as earlier rumored…ice fishing is nearly over for the season.  Big Arbor Vitae still holds fishable ice on the south shore as of today (4/7) as do a few other protected bays, but, with ice thickness of 11-14’ of ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:40:00 PM
    I dodged four lanes of traffic to reach the sidewalk of the Oshkosh Avenue Drawbridge over the Fox River. The bridge shook and swayed as a rush of commuters scurried through Oshkosh and headed home for the evening. Through the bustle, I could just make out the slower motion of jigging rods as fishermen leaned along the rails in the last rays of the...
  • 4/9/2015 1:35:00 PM
    Updates regarding the agendas and minutes of meetings for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov//About/WCC/meetings.html
  • 4/9/2015 1:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report Summary  Complete Outdoor Report  (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Weather Last week's snow has melted, leaving muddy trails and drying, wildfire-ready conditions in its wake. Please make sure that ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:30:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm weather and rain...
  • 4/3/2015 12:35:00 PM
    MADISON - On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 7:00 pm, there will be 72 publichearings[PDF]<http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2015/2015locations.pdf>, one in each county where individuals interested in natural resourcesmanagement have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding voteand testimony on proposed rul...
  • 4/3/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Warm weather and an earlier spring than we have been used to the past few years is putting an end to ice fishing. I wouldn't recommend anyone to try ice fishing as the ice is definitely not safe.  We have just over a month and we can start looking forward to open water fishing season. It's always a hard thing to wait for, but there's still a ...
  • 4/3/2015 12:30:00 PM
  • 3/31/2015 9:50:00 PM
    Good morning all, Well, it was supposed to be a nice day yesterday.  It wasn't, but I went anyway.  That is after three hours of collecting sap.  Second day in a row and will do it again later today. Did I sleep well? Well ... ask my wife.  Never got to church last night.  Didn't wake until 6:30 this morn...
  • 3/31/2015 9:45:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm we...