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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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  • 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
    Send your catch for posting on this website to ellis@onwisconsinoutdoors.com.
  • 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...
  • 7/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
    Lake Geneva has been up and down with fishing success.  Some days are better than others due to the cooler water temperatures and the scattered bait fish.  If you can find the pods of minnows, you will have good success on the smallmouth bass in the deeper water. The best bite on the lake has been the smallmouth bass and bluegills. Blueg...
  • 7/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
    Due to the cold front last week, fishing was tough for most of the week.  As the week went on and the warmer weather moved in the fishing improved immensely.  Bluegill action started to improve by later in the week.  They were in 11-14 ft of water off the weedline.  The best approach is a split shot rigged leaf worm.  Look...
  • 7/22/2014 1:20:00 PM
    The cold fronts that moved thru last week slowed the bite down a bit, Fishing was picking up a little by the weekend but fish were hitting very lightly and you really needed to finesse them but they are still eating. Ross's sport shop guides are still doing well on Walleye, we are finding them scattered from 8 to 22 feet of water and catching th...
  • 7/22/2014 1:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The hot and humid Monday gives way to moderate temperatures through midweek, with thunderstorm chances early and late in the week ... according to the prognosticators ... and always subject to change! “Finding good weed cover is the best bet for anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Muskies are both shallow and ...
  • 7/18/2014 11:05:00 AM
    For a 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 atop his head is askew, and he’s down on one knee. Across his arms and in his hands rests a trou...
  • 7/15/2014 2:20:00 PM
    MADISON — The state is revising its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters and invites citizens to provide input during a second round of public review. Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new plan will guide fisheries management through the next 10 years.  “W...
  • 7/15/2014 2:15:00 PM
    2014 spring waterfowl surveys reflect mostly good to excellent breeding populationsMADISON – Waterfowl breeding populations in 2014 are mostly good to excellent in Wisconsin and North America, according to recent surveys by state, federal and Canadian wildlife officials.  -  Read Full Article Comments sought on Lake Michi...
  • 7/15/2014 1:35:00 PM
    The weather this year seems to be getting a lot of conversation. Summer has been filled with plenty of warm and cold fronts, with several inches of rain mixed in. It's affecting the fish, but it's also making for good fishing on the warm sunny days.  The walleyes this summer seem to be a bit spooky. What I mean by that is if you're ...
  • 7/15/2014 1:30:00 PM
    AUGUST 1st IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, DON'T FORGET TO BUY YOUR PERMITS LISTED BELOW-Stop on in and we'll help youJULY 15Turtle season opens statewide through Nov. 30 for those species that are not listed as endangered or threatened.*AUGUST 1Fall turkey hunting applications Deadline to apply for goose hunting permits for the Ho...
  • 7/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    ASHLAND, Wis. – Lake Superior in summer means plenty of smallmouth bass in Chequamegon Bay.  The smallmouth bass fishing season runs from mid-May through late October, the latter considered to be “trophy month” for “smallies.” The 12-mile-long bay’s rock piles and breakwater structures make for ...