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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 4/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Lake Geneva is ice free but very, very cold.  The opening of game fish season is the first Saturday in May but the panfish bite is available now.  The water temperatures are in the low 40’s.  For the panfish stick to the warmest water you can find, typically shallow bays like Abbey Harbor or Trinkes. Most of the fish that are ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:05:00 PM
     “He’s rolling below that big rock in the current seam. Try to drop it higher up and a little more to the right.”  The words rang down from my son’s sniper perch in the birch tree deadfall like coordinates for an artillery strike.  I cast the egg fly as directed, letting the current swing it down the ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve had here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. In fact, the Ashland area received another 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on ...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 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: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week. The fishing will improve as melting snow and runoff rejuvenates oxygen levels, b...
  • 4/16/2014 1:30:00 PM
    I took a walk through the woods behind the house yesterday and found a nice shed antler from a year old buck.  It is not really what I was looking for, but it reminds me that with the snow diminishing, and ground visibility increasing, that this is a good time for locating shed antlers.  Finding shed antlers kind if gives you an i...
  • 4/16/2014 1:10:00 PM
    For landbound anglers successful outings are highly dependent upon timing, since location is mostly dictated by public access.  You are limited in your ability to change position, so you have to focus on when to be there. May is the right month in Wolf River Country to target white bass, and the lower section of the river offers the b...
  • 4/16/2014 1:00:00 PM
    As if we needed reminding as to whose the boss around here.....Mother Nature just dumped a couple of new inches of snow while dropping temps down into the mid teens. Through Thursday it doesn't look like much melting is going to be going on around here.     Crappies: Very good- Excellent. Lots of reports of good catches. When wi...
  • 4/16/2014 12:55:00 PM
    It may not feel like it this week but signs of spring are all around us, Robins are in our back yards, Ducks and Geese are swimming around in any open water they can find and the cry of the common Loon fills the crisp morning air. The lakes are starting to open and we will be in our boats in no time at all. There are already some big a...
  • 4/16/2014 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON - Over 7,000 people came out to participate in the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 14. The information hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of fish and wildli...
  • 4/16/2014 12:50:00 PM
    Make sure you practice shooting the same way that you will be shooting when you are calling, sitting-prone,  ect…  PRACTICE. If you decide to call this time of year, get close to the den and do a couple of howls or pup in distress calls.   If I am aftera problem coyote, I leave them alone till the fall.
  • 4/16/2014 12:45:00 PM
    May 3 inland fishing opener kicks off another exciting year of fishingNew this year: largemouth bass harvest available statewideEditor’s note: This and the trout stocking release are the first in a series of releases relating to the 2014 fishing season. Check back in coming weeks for stories on new informational tools available for anglers, f...
  • 4/16/2014 12:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman If the forecast for this week holds true, not only will we not see 50-degree temperatures again until the weekend, every day offers an “opportunity” for snowfall. Be patient and spring will arrive. It always has before ... eventually. Just in time for the fishing opener, anglers visiting http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/nor...
  • 4/16/2014 11:55:00 AM
    Because of our harsh winter here in the northland, the ice has not yet broken up on Chequamegon Bay so the smelt have not started spawning. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third week in April shortly after ice-out on the bay and lasts only 12-14 days. Visitors and locals alike love the short but sweet smelt season on ...
  • 4/16/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Gary Engberg Outdoors The spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River from the Prairie du Sac Dam and downriver toward the Mississippi River has been slow, but it should pick up as the water warms. The frigid winter that Wisconsin had has open water fishing below the dams on the Wisconsin River at least two weeks behind schedule. I&rsq...
  • 4/16/2014 11:35:00 AM
    I was watching Paul as I moved the boat with the trolling motor into the current. Suddenly he jumped up from his seat. His spinning rod was bent in half with the rod tip plunging. I reeled in my line waiting to see what he had. The fish made a short run and Paul turned it and started getting it closer to the boat.   Finally we saw i...
  • 4/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Kids 15 years and younger will mark the arrival of spring by attending the 30th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinics this Saturday, April 12,  at  park ponds and lagoons in Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties. The free clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive instruction ...
  • 4/10/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Spring finally springing in Wisconsin: spring wildfire season underway, spring fish and wildlife hearings next week, spring peepers peeping What a difference a week can make in the Northwoods. Last week pe...
  • 4/10/2014 3:15:00 PM
    DES MOINES – The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed. The deer was reported as harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to imple...
  • 4/10/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Rob and Steve Tobin spent a few days at Rivers Edge Resort fishing the Wisconsin River at the Dells last weekend and caught 30 walleyes and sauger, all on jigs and minnows.  All fish were taken in 15 to 20 feet of water.  The big girl pictured was caught on Friday in a snow and wind storm. Twenty-five fish caught were in the f...
  • 4/10/2014 3:10:00 PM
    MADISON -- A new accessible fishing pier will be constructed at Peninsula State Park, thanks to a $25,000 donation the state Natural Resources Board accepted at its April 9 meeting in Madison. The Alan Rheinschmidt Memorial Fund donated the $25,000, which will fund an accessible fishing pier at the Nicolet Bay boat launch area at P...
  • 4/10/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Cheering on the regatta. By John Luthens The tradition started long ago.  My brother and I whittled our boats and kept our senses tuned to the weather.  We watched the last snow bank melt; we listened for the sump pump in the basement to start running and scented the spring breeze for the wet and rich earth smells.  Finally, when...
  • 4/10/2014 3:00:00 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: Fishing pressure on Chequamegon Bay has been very minimal this past week.  Late ice can be some of the best fishing of the season.  The fishing will ...
  • 4/8/2014 11:15:00 AM
      Jim and Jim sent us photos of walleyes caught and released on the Wisconsin River In Wood County
  • 4/8/2014 11:00:00 AM
    MILWAUKEE - Kids 15 years and younger can mark the arrival of spring by attending free fishing clinics on Saturday, April 12, at several lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties. Clinics will be held every hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the last clinic starting at 2 p.m. "The...
  • 4/8/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman What most people hope was the Hayward area’s final big snowstorm of the season last Friday dropped a foot or more of unwanted snow, but sunshine and mild temperatures dissolved a considerable amount of it over the weekend. The forecast for this week is more in tune with what we have wanted for some time. The prognosticators say ...