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3/8/2019
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  • 9/30/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Even though this should be some of the best times to fish Lake Geneva, the water temperatures have not been consistent enough to get the fish in their normal early fall patterns.  The fishing has been overall very slow. Smallmouth bass action has been very difficult.   I’ve been working the fish in the 20-25 foot depth range.&...
  • 9/30/2014 1:40:00 PM
    Steve Suman It was a good run while it lasted, but forecasts predict lower highs, lower lows, and chances for rain nearly every day this week (well, of course – it is Muskies, Inc. tournament weekend!) “Muskies are on shallow weedlines and deep drop-offs,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “hitting bucktails, plastics, topwaters, ...
  • 9/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
    Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources News. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/ Hey, gumshoes! Where in the world are the fish?! Come to the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery Education Center on October 25, 2014 to investigate the myste...
  • 9/26/2014 9:35:00 AM
    Fall colors at or near peak in northern Wisconsin   Fall colors are at or near peak this week in far northern Wisconsin and many areas are reporting some spectacular colors this year, as state forestry officials had predicted, because of excellent leaf growth from a wet spring and summer. The weather has cooperated this week with bright ...
  • 9/26/2014 9:10:00 AM
    EDITORS/OUTDOOR WRITERS:A reminder that the Wisconsin Fisheries Advisory Council meets at  9:30 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 27, in Oshkosh.  Agenda below. Consider bringing a bag lunchshould you decide to observe the entire meeting. Brief interviews with RonBruch could be arranged during the lunch hour or immediately after themeeting.DNR sta...
  • 9/25/2014 3:15:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), 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 in on that classic fall bite.  The smallies...
  • 9/25/2014 2:25:00 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...
  • 9/25/2014 2:20:00 PM
    It has been another great week to be in in Central Wisconsin. With all the trees turning several shades of brilliant colors, along with outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities, how can it get any better? Area sportsmen and women are seeing a beautiful arrangement of fall colors as they head out in the central Wisconsin...
  • 9/25/2014 2:15:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library The ‘hatch’ would be upon us if the weather would cooperative even just a tiny bit. It’s close, but it isn’t quite here. Typically we should have had a string of hot, humid days well before July, days with enough heat to leave shirt collars sticking to the backs of your necks, and glasses of be...
  • 9/25/2014 2:15:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library For the trout-chasing angler the most sought after trophy next to an actual fish on the wall is ‘the photograph.’ You’ve seen the picture before, it’s of an angler - usually a guy - he’s got on his waders, the ball cap perched atop his head is askew, and he’s down on one knee. Acros...
  • 9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library Last year Santa managed to get an ice auger down my chimney for my son, and this year he followed it up with a Vexilar - a fish locator, for those who might not know. It’s an electronic gizmo with bells and whistles designed to alert the operator that a fish is approaching his hook. I’m told all good ice fi...
  • 9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library As we floundered down what should have been an easy trail, slipping and falling into the icy, melting slush, we both considered turning back. We would be soaked before even reaching our destination. And we come from a long line of outdoorsmen more accustomed to taking the easy road, so quitting wasn’t out of the ...
  • 9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library Down below the bridge I crossed the river where it was shallow, moving slowly so as not to spook any of the already rising trout, and now the nearly full moon was to my back. Away from the river the blackened shadows danced quietly in places where the moon couldn’t reach, the land yawning at the approaching night...
  • 9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library In 1995 the president of the United States was Bill Clinton, the Twin Towers of New York loomed large over that city, and a gallon of gasoline would run you about $1.35. Nineteen years can seem like a lifetime ago and still pass in the blink of an eye. I caught my first steelhead in April of that year, on my first ope...
  • 9/25/2014 2:10:00 PM
    From the Pendergrass Library Each year, when the roof begins leaking in the family room of my house, I know steelhead season is close at hand. Don’t laugh, it’s true. One would think the first order of business would be to fix the roof, but it never it is. No, now is the time to put away the ice auger and tip-ups, slide the boots into...
  • 9/24/2014 6:55:00 PM
    TWO RIVERS, Wis. - Kayakers joined state and federal officials Wednesday tocelebrate the unveiling of two new water-access, kayak campsites at PointBeach State Forest, highlighting the emerging popularity of Wisconsin's LakeMichigan State Water Trail."I'm absolutely thrilled with this project," said Cathy Stepp, secretary ofthe Department...
  • 9/24/2014 6:50:00 PM
    By Randy Williams A long time ago, before cell phones, I went fishing with a good friend, Bert. We also took my wife’s little black dog named Nikki. The place we chose to fish was Lake Poygan. Our landing was on the east shore where the Duck Inn once was. We launched, put the dog in the boat, and then Bert tied up the boat on a dock. (Nikki...
  • 9/24/2014 6:45:00 PM
    DateSubject August 13, 2014 Testimony to NRB on waterfowl season structure May 30, 2014 Cover Letter, Report to Governor: Recommendations for Natural Resource Regulation Simplification May 27, 2014 Testimony to NRB on spring hearings/convention report April 30, 2014 Media Release: Wisconsin Conservation Cong...
  • 9/24/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Well after enduring some brutal wind on Friday and Sunday...not to nice on Saturday either, looks like a gorgeous week of weather ahead. Lows only in the low 50's, highs in the 70's and lots of color to look at! Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very good. Following an unusual absence of activity, smallies are being found in water of depths of 14-22' taking s...
  • 9/24/2014 6:25:00 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/ EGGS-citing events are scheduled for some of our fish spawning facilities. Fun intended! Watch egg collection demos, practice a fe...
  • 9/24/2014 6:15:00 PM
    Steve Suman Beautiful fall weather is on tap this week, with highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s – and amazing colors to surround all outdoor activities! “Cool days and chilly nights announced fall season’s arrival,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Catch muskies on breaks and weedlines in 8-12 feet with bucktails, topwater...
  • 9/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Delavan Lake remains pretty spotty.  The best bite on the lake remains the bluegills.  The smallmouth are starting to heat up though.  The boat traffic on the lake is almost non-existent. Bluegill fishing has been very good in the 13-15 ft depth range or suspended  the main lake basin 15 ft down in 40 ft of water.  The sus...
  • 9/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
    Overall the fishing on Lake Geneva has been difficult.  The typical patterns on the lake are not available which makes the fish very scattered and hard to catch.  When you do get on the game fish, they are typically less than 15 inches. The smallmouth bass are in 15-22 ft of water.  They can be caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers o...
  • 9/22/2014 11:00:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Fishing in the bay after the big storm has been great, according to Luke Kavajecz, fishing guide for Anglers All.  “The fish have ...
  • 9/22/2014 10:50:00 AM
    Central Wisconsin was the place to be if you were headed into the outdoors last week.  With that said it looks as though things are shaping up for another banner fall season on the water and in the woods.  Hunters had good success in the woods with the opener of the 2014 deer archery season. A few nice deer were taken like the ni...