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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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  • 5/12/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. “It s...
  • 5/12/2014 3:05:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: This makes two years in a row that we have been ice-covered going into the month of May. Last year the ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on May 13, tying th...
  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Previews & Reviews   May 2014   Coming in June...   Where there's smoke...   Areas of Douglas County look much different today than they did a year ago when the threat of wildfire became very real and the Germann Road Fire ignited. When the emergency call rang May 14, 2013, the fire was so intense tha...
  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods The last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods, with only snow piles and a small amount of snow in heavily wooded area...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    Delavan Lake is warming nicely and the fishing is improving.  What a difference a week makes.  Largemouth bass fishing is on fire.  And other species are turning on as well. Largemouth bass are in pre-spawn mode and are aggressively hitting chrome/blue and chrome/black rattle traps.  Look for the fish by the Lake Lawn Golf cour...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    With the warmer weather making an appearance this week, the fishing has improved immensely.  There are catches of 15-30 smallmouth in a 5 hour trip available.  The water is warming and the fish are becoming much more active. Smallmouth bass can be caught on either a small pink headed hair jig or a football head jig with a root beer color...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    EAGLE, Wis. – Anyone interested in learning the intricate sport of fly fishing can sign up for a “Learn how to fly fish” workshop being offeredSaturday, May 17, in the clear blue waters at Paradise Springs in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" i...
  • 5/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon began their spawning push below the Shawano Dam on Wednesday and should continue to heavily spawn into Thursday.  Our crew was able to collect eggs for multiple lake sturgeon restoration programs dispersed throughout the countryon Wednesday, while also tagging roughly 350 fi...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    May 6, 2014  Drinking Water Week – Think before you drink and celebrate the Amazing!By DNR Secretary Cathy SteppEvery day of every week millions of Wisconsinites will experience something amazing and likely never think twice about it. They’ll turn on their faucets, drink from a water fountain, bake bread or brew beer and seemingly...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well things got off to a slow start today, but the fish are still making their way in at the Shawano Dam.  The fish are starting to show signs that they are very close to spawning there and my crew did tag 25 fish there at the end of the day today.  The real story of today though was the ...
  • 5/6/2014 10:35:00 AM
    DNR Public Affairs Manager Lisa Gaumnitz thought as anglers we would enjoy the appropriateness of what DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs left behind as he finished clearing out his office over the weekend and headed into retirement.  We certainly did here at On Wisconsin Outdoors.Thanks Mike.  Thanks Lisa.
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiast, Today sturgeon were spawning on the Wolf River at sites in Leeman, and our DNR Crew tagged 209 fish in that area between two sites on private property.  Sturgeon are starting to show signs that they will begin spawning in the next day at the Shawano Dam.  If you want to see fish you should...
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman Ice covered most Hayward area lakes for the fishing opener this past weekend, but moderate temperatures made for pleasant fishing. The forecast for this week includes a mix of warm temperatures, sunshine, rain, and light wind that should quickly address any remaining ice issues. “Opening weekend conditions were about the same as...
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Although there is some open water in various spots along Ashland’s shoreline, there is still too much ice out there on Chequamegon Bay for the smelt to start their spawning run. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. North...
  • 5/6/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Finally, spring has sprung! Now’s the time to fish for walleye and other favorites as they wrap up spawning and are ready to put on the feedbag. Drop a line and you may just catch dinner. We know you’ll catch some fun! 3 easy ways to buy your license       Over the Internet through the Online ...
  • 5/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Delavan Lake Opening Day was May 3rd.  It was substantially less busy than the past few years.  The fishing is better than I recall from last year even though the water temperature is very cold.  Most of the action on the lake is coming off of a minnow bait.  Lakeside Bait and Tackle has a good selection. Northern Pike action i...
  • 5/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva remains very cold.  The lake appears to be 2-3 weeks behind normal for Opening Day.  The good news is that they finally put in the boat docks.  The best bite is largemouth bass.  The smallmouth bass are suspended outside their spawning flats by Elgin Club and the Military Academy.  For the next few weeks, the be...
  • 5/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Chilly temps and heavy winds greeted anglers for the Wisconsin Fishing Opener this past Saturday but despite the less then favorable conditions anglers were still reporting some catches of fish. Walleye are the most sought after fish for the fishing opener and they seemed to be scattered at different depths in the lakes, We had customers comi...
  • 5/6/2014 9:45:00 AM
    By John Luthens My first open-water fishing exploits of the year can resemble a coach taking the field for the first time with a new team of little leaguers.  There is the fresh outlook and high promise that every spring delivers, but the team itself is still an unknown factor. There’s no way of knowing how the season is going to shake...
  • 5/6/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Although there is some open water behind the AmericInn on Ashland’s far east side, there is still plenty of ice out there on Chequamegon Bay. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Winds from the south cannot carry the ice...
  • 5/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon continued to spawn at sites in the New London (Sturgeon Trail at County X and Memorial Park) and Shiocton (Bamboo Bend and a site on private property) areas today.  Our crew worked at Bamboo Bend and another site on private property in Shiocton today and were able to handle a total of...
  • 5/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
    DNR fisheries veteran and sturgeon expert named Wisconsin fisheries director; Ron Bruch takes over May 5MADISON – Wisconsin’s next fisheries director takes over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a ...
  • 5/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Racine. Wis. – Ron Bruch will be the new Director for the Bureau of Fisheries Management for the Department of Natural Resources, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp announced today. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC), I would like to congratulate Ron on his appointment to this position,” WCC Chair Rob Bohmann sai...
  • 4/30/2014 3:15:00 PM
    MADISON – Wisconsin’s next fisheries director takes over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.   Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut...