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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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  • 10/6/2014 10:40:00 AM
    For inexpensive and interesting entertainment, you could spend some time at a busy boat landing. Enjoy this list of boat landing related predicaments. It’s unfortunate that I have played a major role in so many of them. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Forgetting drain plugs in a boat is almost common - a tal...
  • 10/6/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Sherri, Owner of Driftless Lodge near Boscobel in Wisconsin’s great southwest, is reporting great fall colors, with hunting and fishing outstanding. The beautiful lodge and cabin is located on 160 acres and just minutes from Class 1 trout streams and the Wisconsin River. See advertisement below.  Connect with Sherri directly at lod...
  • 10/3/2014 10:40:00 AM
    The salmon are surging into rivers along the Lake Michigan shoreline and Wisconsin DNR fisheries experts are standing by to help give Mother Nature a hand during the annual spawning ritual. Want to see what's going on right now at the C.D. "Buzz Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee? Check out this cool video our staff took of th...
  • 10/3/2014 9:20:00 AM
    The last week of September saw some beautiful, warm weather. Lake surface temps climbed, conditions were prime for several species of fish and fall colors closed in on peaking. Smallmouth Bass: Very good. Smallies moved in on many lakes to feed on bait fish that moved in to shallows. X-Raps, Spinnerbaits- even glidebaits meant for muskys score...
  • 9/30/2014 1:50:00 PM
    Rising water temps have seemed to stall the fish bite a little, Customers were still reporting catching a good number of fish the last week but they did comment that the bite was a tough one. Ross's Sport Shop Guides were still putting clients on Musky, I had the pleasure to take a number of clients out the last week and we had at least one f...
  • 9/30/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing on Delavan continues to be difficult compared to normal action this time of year.  The constant high pressure have the fish in a lull pattern.  There isn’t any rhyme or reason for the fish locations.  If you can find an active school, you can catch a few, but if you don’t locate one it’s a real struggle.&nbs...
  • 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...