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3/5/2020
In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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  • 1/30/2015 7:00:00 PM
    MADISON -- A team of state fisheries researchers has received the 2014 Sport Fish Restoration outstanding research project award presented by the American Fisheries Society for their work to locate key areas of waterways where habitat restoration effort will be most effective. Ken Kurzawski, president-elect of the Fisheries Administration Section ...
  • 1/28/2015 1:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week looks to be somewhat mild and with light snow, though a cooling trend develops by next weekend. While there is still plenty of time to enjoy winter activities, we are already (almost) into February! “Anglers report 18-20 inches of ice on Quiet Lakes area lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and walleye angler...
  • 1/28/2015 1:05:00 PM
    Frequently Asked Questions - January 27, 2015 The Frequently Asked Questions features recent warden-related questions taken by wardens and the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463. Today's edition features q...
  • 1/28/2015 1:05:00 PM
    Mild weather last week gave anglers plenty of reason to head out onto the ice. But sloppy conditions kept many from venturing out to far away from the usual haunts.While ice thickness continues to average in the 14-18" range, some areas of heavy use or early freezes have reports of 22"+. Despite this we have gotten two reports this past week of lar...
  • 1/28/2015 12:50:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3467 BRULE, Wis. - Sustainable forest management practices on the Brule River State Forest will expand to account for the acquisition of 6,505 acres to the forest, under a master plan amendment approved today by the state Natural Resources Board. Management activities including the harvest of timber wil...
  • 1/28/2015 12:50:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3468 MADISON -- A scope statement granting the Department of Natural Resources flexibility to consider alternatives to reductions in walleye bag limits in the Wisconsin ceded territory was approved Wednesday by the Natural Resources Board. The scope statement provides the department with the o...
  • 1/28/2015 12:50:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3465 MADISON - The state Natural Resources Board approved wildlife and fisheries questions proposed by the Department of Natural Resources for the public to review at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings. The board met today at the State Natural Resources Building and signed off on the agenc...
  • 1/28/2015 12:45:00 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...
  • 1/24/2015 12:20:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow conditions remain fair to good in north, but minimal snow cover continues in southern part of state While portions of southern and central Wisconsin did receive some snow in the last week, it was gene...
  • 1/21/2015 8:30:00 AM
    Shane Pepich with a 30 inch northern pike. By Wayne Morgenthaler The weather is just right for getting outside and the ice is 12 inches thick in most places.  The backwaters of the Wisconsin have been receiving a lot of fishermen between Lone Rock and Blue River.  The fishing has slowed down on most of the sloughs.  The best act...
  • 1/21/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Despite nice comfortable weather for anglers, fishing didn't match up well with the conditions. Mild temps in the upper 20's to low 30's.... the first in over 2 weeks, plus a free fishing weekend brought out lots of anglers to the ice. Changing fronts and wind directions seemed to turn on (at times) but mostly turn off the fishing for the weekend.B...
  • 1/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast promises tolerable temperatures – lows in the teens and highs in the 30s – and more snow, but not much accumulation. There are no major storms in the immediate forecast – subject to change at any time! “Ice depths range from 15-18 inches,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and people are drivi...
  • 1/20/2015 10:55:00 AM
    Cold temps the first part of January have made ice conditions great in the Price County Area, Some Lakes like Musser have a heavy layer of slush but for most part the lakes aren't too bad to get around on. Walleye action has been ok, most anglers are reporting an early morning first light and late afternoon last light bite. Tip ups tipped with a m...
  • 1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE-- People who have never fished have the opportunity to learn basic fishing skills, find fishable waters near their home and prepare their catch for the dinner table, as part of the Fishing for Dinner Initiative. The Department of Natural Resources is cosponsoring a five session community education class with the Urban Ecology Center, UW-E...
  • 1/15/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn County 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. ...
  • 1/15/2015 5:40:00 PM
    This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  We have great ice conditions out there and it's only getting better. “The fishing in general is good and the ice is still growing out there,” said Roger LaPenter, Anglers All proprietor.  He said at the moment it is easy to get around on the ice and people are using f...
  • 1/14/2015 8:40:00 AM
    Hopefully we hit bottom for a while. 1/13 AM. temp -27 degrees! Forecast to be in the low 30's by this weekend. Cold the past 9 days, severely affected angler participation. Reports from some of the more serious die-hards were surprisingly not all that bad. The one good thing about the most recent cold snap has been ice production. Last Monday ic...
  • 1/14/2015 8:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue the first part of this week, but hang in there – the week’s end promises highs in the 30s! “Walleye action peaks in the evening,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but fishing is good on cloudy days. “Work shiners and walleye suckers under tip-ups on mud flats and break edges ou...
  • 1/14/2015 8:30:00 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...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Are you interested in healthy, local foods? What's more local than the fish in your nearby lake or stream? Classes are starting this January for adults who missed the fishing boat as kids. Here's your chance to learn fishing basics and how to cook your catch in "Fishing for Dinner" classes. Encourage your foodie friends to sig...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/ Please note the time change for the February 7 Fly Fishing Instructor Training Workshop in Oshkosh. It will start at 11 a.m. and run until 4. Preregistration required.   Also, there is still time to get involved in these events and classes: Free Fishing ...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 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; some candlelight events cancelled or rescheduled due to cold and wind chills in forecast An arctic blast brought some very frigid temperatures and wind chills t...
  • 1/11/2015 3:00:00 PM
    Click here for the 2015 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations Pamplet.
  • 1/11/2015 2:50:00 PM
    Are you interested in healthy, local foods? What's more local than the fish in your nearby lake or stream? Classes are starting this winter for adults who missed the fishing boat as kids. Here's your chance to learn fishing basics and how to cook your catch in "Fishing for Dinner" classes. Encourage your foodie friends to sign up. ...
  • 1/11/2015 2:45:00 PM
    It has been another great week to be in Central Wisconsin but it has been a cold one.  With temperatures barely getting above zero, we have been basically banished to stay in our homes and off the ice.  Speaking of ice the conditions are getting better by the day.. average ice thickness in the central Wisconsin area is anywhere from 8 to ...