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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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  • 8/9/2014 10:40:00 AM
    The walleyes are being found in a variety of depths depending on the body of water. Once you find the depth, you are halfway done with the battle. Color, and speed are the next factor. Fish are falling victim to trolling right now. Cranks or spinners are working, so pick your poison and go after them. Fish are really following baitfish, and you wil...
  • 8/5/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Walleye action picked up in the Phillips Area this week, I had the pleasure to take clients out on a couple of walleye trips the past few days and we did well. We are catching more numbers then size right now but the action is great. We have been finding Walleye in 6 to 18 feet of water around wood. I have been using leeches under a ...
  • 8/5/2014 11:35:00 AM
    I fished the backwaters of the Wisconsin River near Lone Rock and found good action.  Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass were hitting on top water baits in the openings of lily pads.  Just before dark the bluegills and crappies picked up the action with white and pink plastic tubes.  The bug population is way down due to the cool even...
  • 8/5/2014 11:20:00 AM
    By John Luthens The morning sun needled through a break in the peaks and dusted the bottom meadows as we broke base camp.  Wildflowers grew in bright clusters along the slopes and we took a deep breath of the scented wind coming down from above.  With a final tightening of straps and a rattling of carabineers, we shouldered our packs and...
  • 8/5/2014 11:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast currently indicates the mild summer weather continues, with moderate highs, cooler lows, and (surprisingly) few chance of rain. “Fish activity is steady,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with 60s to low 70s water temperatures keeping fish scattered from shallow to deep. “Muskie action imp...
  • 8/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The one key to Lake Geneva is that the water is slowly warming and the thermocline is starting to form, which is adding a the deep water bite. Smallmouth bass are schooled in 20-25 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Fontana Beach or by Gage marine.  They can be caught using either a...
  • 8/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Due to the colder than normal water temperatures, the fish are shallower than normal.  The best bite on the lake has been on a medium sucker fished on a lindy rig or Thill medium slip bobber.  Largemouth bass can be caught using 3 different methods.  They can be caught on black and blue jigs fished under the docks, a slip bobber rig...
  • 8/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
    MADISON – A virus that is new to Wisconsin waters and affects common carp and koi is likely to blame for two carp die-offs in Dodge County in recent days. Department of Natural Resources officials say the koi herpes virus is not harmful to humans or other fish. However, caution is urged in handling affected carp because as they decompose, th...
  • 8/1/2014 12:10:00 PM
    MADISON — The state is revising its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters and citizens are invited to provide input through a series of four meetings set for the week of Aug. 4.  Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management ...
  • 8/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
    Hi Folks – We are in mid-summer and fishing has remained pretty good overall.  Fish have been active despite the cold fronts that have been battering the area. With walleye, we have been finding them in fairly shallow weeds, 5 to 13 feet depending on water clarity. When cold fronts hit they will move into 11 to 14 foot timber.  Wal...
  • 8/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
    [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: There will be no DNR Outdoor Report on August 7, 2014.  The next DNR Outdoor Report will be August. 14, 2014.] Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Visit DNR Park and Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin has been expe...
  • 8/1/2014 11:30:00 AM
    By Diane Schauer, Member WWA I’ve never met a member of WWA who didn’t care about protecting and preserving waterfowl hunting habitat in Wisconsin.  Not a one would deliberately damage their favorite hunting spot.  Unfortunately, some are unknowingly transporting invasive species that threaten not only waterfowl habitat, but ...
  • 8/1/2014 11:30:00 AM
    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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 7/29/2014 3:30:00 PM
    Operation Deer Watch provides great opportunity to take part in management of Wisconsin deer herdMADISON -- In an ongoing annual effort to involve the public in deer management, the Department of Natural Resources will launch Operation Deer Watch. The program enlists the public to report the number of deer they see from Aug. 1 toSept. 30....
  • 7/29/2014 3:30:00 PM
    Coordinated management efforts by Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produce angler benefits MILWAUKEE - In a remarkable feat of distance swimming, tiny chinook salmon released in Lake Huron two years ago swam their way through the Straits of Mackinac and down through Lake Michigan into the waters off of Raci...
  • 7/29/2014 3:15:00 PM
    With Milwaukee’s strong green initiatives, this Midwestern city is an ideal environment to attract arborists from numerous countries whose focus is the sustainability of urban forests in communities across the globe.  FREE PUBLIC ACTIVITIES at Mount Mary University ·  International Tree Climbing Championships ...
  • 7/29/2014 3:10:00 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. Fishing has been great again this past week! Drift boat trips on the rivers have been productive for smallmouth bass and a little musky a...
  • 7/29/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Fishing has improved over previous weeks.  Like, Lake Geneva, I’m having a hard time with active Northern Pike but everything else is biting substantially better.  This past week with the cooler weather the largemouth bass moved tighter to shore.  My best depth was 6-8 ft of water.  I’ve been catching them on top wa...
  • 7/29/2014 3:10:00 PM
    This past week seemed to be slow with summer vacationers, making Lake Geneva very pleasant to fish with very little boat traffic.  Due to the weather being cooler than normal, the fishing is good with the exception of the northern pike.  Northern Pike fishing has been slow due to the fact that the pike have not made it down to the thermo...
  • 7/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
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  • 7/25/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Water levels continue to drop but many remain above normal summer levels; fishing activity steady for mid summer Relatively light rainfall in the state in the last few weeks has allowed stream and river le...
  • 7/25/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Finally some summer like weather moved in over the weekend, bringing some typical mid-summer action as well as some non-typical mid July occurrences such as mayfly hatches! On just about any other summer, off shore gravel humps provide anglers plenty of opportunity for walleyes and small mouth bass action. Until the past week, this action has bee...
  • 7/25/2014 9:40:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3266 HAYWARD, Wis. -- Anglers fishing on the East Fork Chippewa River system in Sawyer County are being reminded that the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye is in effect on the East Fork Chippewa River and several lakes through which it flows -- Barker, Hunter, and B...
  • 7/25/2014 9:40:00 AM
    SHEBOYGAN --The alligator recently caught near the Sheboygan River has found a new home at the Chicago Herpetological Society. Sheboygan police officers and sheriff's deputies responded to reports of an alligator sighting on the morning of Sunday, July 20. After capturing the animal, it was turned over to Michael Clutter, a Department of Nat...
  • 7/22/2014 1:30:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I should have taken the family out for Friday night fish fry as it was windy out.  I decided that Friday night would be better spent fishing with my son and brand new daughter-in-law, Kali, fishing for northerns and bass near Hayward, Wisconsin.   A retired friend of mine let us use one of his old row boats on thi...