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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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  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    The game fish season ended on Sunday, March 1st. For what it's worth it actually ended very well compared to past years when the season closed with hardly a whisper. But now that its over.....who cares?! Panfish is where its at now! While reports have not been great yet, A look at the forecast should put us right in line for some hot panfish acti...
  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    March County Deer Advisory Council meetings will focus on antlerless harvest quota recommendationsMADISON -- Deer population objectives in each county have been approved for a three-year period, and County Deer Advisory Councils will meet for the first time in 2015 beginning March 16.  -  Read Full Article Disease sampling...
  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    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/#tabx4 Kids' Spring Fishing Clinics are on the horizon in southeast Wisconsin. Fishing club members will be on hand April 11 at 16 local parks to help kids get...
  • 3/4/2015 7:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens The calendar promised it was the last day of February so I awoke at 5 a.m. The temperature read zero as I gathered my gear. My truck started sluggish and I had a ways to drive, but by God there was the smell of trout in the air. It was high time that Mother Nature got her butt out of her winter blankets and started chugging down th...
  • 3/2/2015 8:15:00 PM
    Next Saturday's early trout season opener may be a bit on the chilly side, with statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through this week. The good news, state fisheries biologists say, is that many of the state's top trout waters feature strong groundwater flows and stay free of ice. So, the trout will be there waiting if an...
  • 2/26/2015 8:40:00 PM
    MADISON - The Natural Resources Board today approved deer populationobjectives in each county for a three-year period.These objectives are the result of collaboration between the WisconsinDepartment of Natural Resources and newly formed County Deer AdvisoryCouncils<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html>, and will be reviewed on arecurring th...
  • 2/26/2015 8:35:00 PM
    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...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Though not as bad as last year, it's been a cold February that has been keeping anglers off the ice and fishing tough when they do venture out. This final weekend of game fish season shows promise as temps look to get into the 20's. Walleye, Northern Pike and Bass season ends at midnight Sunday!Northern Pike: Fair-Good. Action slowly increas...
  • 2/25/2015 8:15:00 AM
    Mike Yurk I remember watching ABC’s Monday Night Football in the 1970s when color commentator and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Don Meredith, would comment after one of Howard Cosell’s lengthy and intricate analyses of a play by just stating, “It might not look pretty, but it worked.”  The same thing might be sai...
  • 2/22/2015 8:10:00 PM
    APPLETON – Sturgeon fishermen, having braved some of the most brutal weather conditions in memory, closed out the 2015 spearing season on Lake Winnebago today with a total harvest of 2,158 fish, the sixth highest harvest on record. Conservation wardens with the state Department of Natural Resources said the more than 13,100 licensed fis...
  • 2/22/2015 8:00:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:     Well the suspense is over and the numbers are in for Day 7’s harvest.  As expected today’s harvest exceeded the 90% trigger for adult females and brought us very close to the season closure of 100% of the adult female harvest cap.  However, we did not reach th...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark. However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark and the season will continue at least through Friday. We did get closer to the 100% season cl...
  • 2/20/2015 10:55:00 AM
    Wow the fishing this past week has been fantastic.  Lots of great opportunities for walleyes, perch, crappies, gills and pike.  Most of the fish have come by targeting big open flats and channel edges for perch and crappies and shallow weeds for gills and pike.  The best advice for finding fish right now is to use your Humminbird e...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Frigid temperatures slow outdoor activities; sturgeon spearing season winding down Wisconsin was experiencing some frigid temperatures this week with reports of near minus 30 degrees in the Northwo...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark.  However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark  and the season will continue at l...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Once we start to get some steady warmer weather, that should start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here. When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them in low light periods, or...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    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 Namekag...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Upriver lakes season closesToday marked the final day of the 2015 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The season closed with a harvest of 288 fish (59.5% of license holders), including 9 fish tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. As I stated yesterday the 5 day season is on par with the average season on the Upriver Lakes since the lott...
  • 2/19/2015 1:50:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 166 fish (152 from Lake Winnebago and 14 from the Upriver Lakes).  The largest fish harvested today was registered at Critter’s by Thomas Hillman (70.9” and 125.1 pounds) (photo).  A more detailed report of number of fish harvested ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    2015 Upriver Lakes Season Winding DownComing into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  Of the 27 fish harvested on the Upriver Lakes today, 8 were adult females meaning thattomorrow (Wednesday) will be the last day of the 2015 Upriver Lakes ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler To be a good ice fisherman for the backwaters along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to Boscobel takes a little preparation.  I like to fish the sloughs in the spring and summer, as it gives me a chance to locate the best fishing.  I have found that the fish will be there come winter and through trial and error...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Back by popular demand: free lottery aids landowners in learning what lives on their land[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Landowners and others can learn more about entering the lottery to win a free customized landowner conservation report for their property during a live online chat Feb. 24. The live chat begins at noon Tuesday, Feb. 24. To particip...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    This week of artic blast shut the door on fish and fishing this past week.  Wind chills down to 25-30 below kept most anglers looking for other things to do.  Some improvement on Monday of this week, but by Wednesday it’s going to be super cold again.  Temps will be in the teens for the weekend. Pike: ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 4 of the 2015 spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 218 fish (191 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Coming into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Given the talk about the below average sturgeon condition (plumpness) this year, I wanted to get some more information out to you about the diet work and forage availability research that our fisheries crew conducts to track trends in foraging behavior of our lake sturgeon.  Below is a link to...