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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 4/22/2015 11:30:00 AM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 4/22/2015 11:30:00 AM
    The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there.The run did continue over the past weekend. On Sunday and Monday nights people were still getting some smelt, but Carolyn Swartz, co-ow...
  • 4/22/2015 11:30:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:    As anticipated the 2015 sturgeon spawning run on the Winnebago System passed by very quickly.  The first spawning activity was observed on the upper Fox River @ Eureka on the evening of April 14.  However, spawning activity was very limited at that point.  Spawning ...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there. Last Wednesday night the run was strong for awhile until the wind changed direction and started coming from the south, which blew the warmer wa...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler We had enough rain to bring streams up to almost normal levels.  Catch and release is still in effect, so return the trout back into the creeks as quick as possible.  Spin casting or fly casting has had good success.  I prefer spinners in the small sizes.  Gold or silver Panther Martins work the best on sm...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    A week plus of June-like daytime temps took care of all ice (Trout out as of this weekend).  Many smaller lakes had temps shoot up so quickly as to have had the walleyes finish up spawning.  Sunday saw temps back down into April reality, but, with many lakes in the high 40’s already, spawning should continue, just not as quick...
  • 4/22/2015 11:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman If you enjoyed last week’s weather, you will enjoy next week’s weather and the following week’s weather even more so. This week, probably not so much, as snow continues to show a presence in the forecast. Hang in there – high temperatures return to the upper 50s by the weekend, projected to be in the 50s for the...
  • 4/22/2015 11:10:00 AM
    By John Luthens Trekking to southwestern Arkansas to mine for diamonds was measured in my mind against Klondike gold in northern Alaska. I’m not a prospector and had never been to either place. I only held visions of what it would be like. Thoughts of Alaska were easy. They garnered snow-capped mountains; Rushing streams splitting boulders,...
  • 4/20/2015 9:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   As anticipated, today was a big day for our fisheries crew on the Winnebago System.  We had three crews working to tag sturgeon below the Shawano Dam and we were able to handle 700 fish.  This was especially a productive day because we also collected and fertilized eggs for mu...
  • 4/18/2015 3:35:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The sturgeon spawning migration continues to progress on the Winnebago System and there are currently fish spawning at multiple sites throughout the watershed.  Our DNR crew tagged fish at multiple sites today including the Sturgeon Trail in New London, Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, the Shawan...
  • 4/17/2015 12:20:00 PM
    Roger Mayer sends us some of the walleye action from the Menominee near Marinette.
  • 4/17/2015 12:15:00 PM
    We have had great walleye action this past week in both Central Wisconsin and on Green Bay and its tributaries.  The BIG Lake has been producing numbers of large fish that average 26 to 30 inches long!!!  The river has been producing heavy numbers of fish in the 14 to 18 inch range with a few surpassing the 20 inch mark....
  • 4/17/2015 11:50:00 AM
    Tate Ellis, 2, and Grant Ellis, 4, Great Nephews of OWO Publisher Dick Ellis, warm up for the open water season April 11 by doing battle with crappies.  Filmed and narrated by Daddy Luke…
  • 4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
    The famed Wisconsin fishing opener is two and half weeks away. Boats and equipment are starting to come out of storage, the walleyes are starting the spring spawn, and preparing your gear early is going to give you a jump on this year’s fishing season. This week’s article is not going to cover how and where to catch fish, but I'm going ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As I indicated this morning the lake sturgeon are now spawning on the Winnebago System.  Our crew was able to capture and tag 52 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London this morning, 7 fish at the Manawa Dam on the Little Wolf River and 12 fish at the Clintonville Dam on the ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    Is burning waste worth the risk of starting a wildfire or compromising your health? MADISON – With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it’s even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires a...
  • 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....