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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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  • 7/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
    “Here’s a fish,” Doug said. He extended his spinning rod, waited a moment and then yanked back. His rod was bent in half.      “It’s a good fish,” he added. The fish took off and the rod tip was lunging. Doug stopped the fish and turned it around but the fish took off again. A moment ...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Lake Geneva has been producing a lot of fish.  The fish have moved from the shallow weed flats to the deep rocky points.  Smallmouth bass are starting to school.  The best location has been by the channel by Fontana Beach or by the Yacht Club in Fontana.  The best approach is lindy rigging nightcrawlers or medium suckers. ...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman Outstanding Sunday weather set the pattern for this week (so say the forecasts), with mild days, cool nights, and a few chances for showers and thunderstorms early and late in the week. “Weather is affecting fishing, but anglers are catching fish,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Fish muskies on deeper weedlines and hump...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    The DNR panfish management team will meet July 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 255 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building, 800 Reserve St., UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point. DNR staff and up to two team members from the Conservation Congress will be in attendance. The group will discuss panfish research priorities as well a...
  • 7/15/2014 8:50:00 AM
    The last week or so the best walleye bite has been on flats of 12 to 14ft with scattered wood.  The walleye that we have been catching have small leeches stuck to the roof of their mouths, so that can mean they are feeding in mud.  The mayfly larva that are down in the mud seem to be just starting to come out which is attracting all types...
  • 7/15/2014 8:45:00 AM
    Even though the boat traffic is intense, fishing continues to be very good.  There are multiple species active right now.  The best time for fishing is early p.m. or late evening to avoid some of the boat traffic. Largemouth bass remain on the main lake points.  The best location has been by the Village Supper Club, the Yacht Club p...
  • 7/11/2014 11:25:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/ Check out the news of fishing clinics scheduled around the state and opportunities to go "Fishing in the Neighborhood" with the FIN'terns. They'll be equipped with gear and bait at Memorial Park in Ladysmith and the City Deck in Green Bay. The whole community is welcome. People ages 16 and old...
  • 7/11/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Kevin Munson with his monster musky taken with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik Outstanding musky bite this past week with some real GIANTS caught.  We had several fish in the 40 to 50 inch range that were caught this past week with one monster going 51 inches and having a 26 inch girth with a calculated weight at 43 pounds. This beast ...
  • 7/11/2014 11:20:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Law Enforcement is seeking the public’s help with a case involving the vandalism of a colony of Common Terns, a state-endangered bird species. On the evening of July 8, DNR staff discovered the damaged colony and dead chicks on an island in Lake Butte des Morts, Winnebago County. Some of th...
  • 7/11/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Periodic rain and thunderstorms have continued to keep stream and rivers relatively high across much of the state. Most lakes and flowages in the Northwoods are a few inches above normal. The Mississippi and Rock rivers remain high. The Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers have begun to drop. The Bois Brule River is high for midsummer and is continuing ...
  • 7/11/2014 11:20:00 AM
    ~ 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 is excellent right now for just about everything, including smallmouth bass, trout and salmon, according to Roger LaPenter. Trollers are doing e...
  • 7/11/2014 10:15:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. Be sure to always use caution on froz...
  • 7/11/2014 10:10:00 AM
    Hunters, trappers and sturgeon spearers reminded that Aug. 1 is deadline for many season applicationsMADISON – Aug. 1 marks a key deadline for many hunters, trappers and spearers in Wisconsin as fall approaches.   -  Read Full Article Report highlights need for prudent management, multistate cooperatio...
  • 7/7/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Denny Murawska   Darting a fish with a blowgun is about as raw and primal as it gets. It is also challenging as can be. Catching too many fish lately? This game of ultra-close stalk and shoot will even the odds in favor of the fish. First of all, aiming is largely instinctual. There are no scopes or sights to aid you. At a five-...
  • 7/7/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman Hayward area visitors enjoyed near-perfect weather during the July 4th weekend, with warm, dry days and cooler nights. This week looks to be more of the same, with a few thunderstorms tossed into the mix. Pat at Happy Hooker says erratic weather conditions made for variable fishing success last week. “Muskie anglers are seeing ...
  • 7/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    The summer patterns on Delavan Lake are in full swing.  The northern pike and largemouth bass are on the deep weedlines.  The walleyes have slowed quite a bit.  The one drawback for summer on Delavan Lake is the boat traffic.  Your best bet is early in the morning or in the evenings otherwise, it’s just too busy to fish. ...
  • 7/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    With the warm weather, the lake has been in a transition period.  There are still some fish to be caught shallow, however they are starting to push out to the deeper weedlines and become more scattered.  There is a bit more searching involved than fishing one small spot as we can when they are shallow. The best location for largemouth ba...
  • 7/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a nice Eagle River musky. Doug Wolfe and his daughter Claire with some Eagle River Walleyes they caught with Phil Schweik while staying at the Copperwood Condominiums. Doug Wolfe and his daughter Claire and son Zach, with a nice Eagle River Walleye they caught with Phil Schweik while stay...
  • 7/7/2014 10:10:00 AM
    The FireFly is a premium planner board light which offers 200+ hours of illumination, it floats, is 100% water-proof, dual LED light (lithium battery) for port and starboard, and can also be used for ice fishing tip-ups. www.cootslures.com   web site Paul "COOT" Williams 6773 Howlett Rd Oshkosh, WI 54902 (920)-379-9255
  • 7/7/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Water temps rising as warm winds pushing surface readings to the low 70's. High winds making boat positioning difficult,hard on the precision needed for walleyes or to anchor for panfish.Largemoutrh Bass: Very Good. Winds keeping action sub-surface. Jig / pig - creature baits along deep weed edges. Wacky worms(this is where the heavier Senko worms ...
  • 7/7/2014 9:55:00 AM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service (http://www.upnorthguideservice.net/) and fishing guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715/682-3232 (http://www.riverrockinn.net), report the following: Fishing has been good this past week despite the very high winds. The smallmouth bass in Chequamegon Bay are near ...
  • 6/27/2014 11:15:00 PM
    Wow... Unbelievable fishing in Central Wisconsin for all species this past week.  With warmer water temperatures (now in the 70's) the fish are going on a feeding frenzy!  The musky bite is as good as it can get, with not only numbers of fish (which you don't often hear while talking about musky fishing ) but some real giants up...
  • 6/27/2014 10:50:00 PM
    Joe Tetting of Minocqua caught this nice 23” walleye on May 21 while fishing the Boulder Junction area using a jig + minnow.   Mike Romano Jr of Chicago caught this 24” walleye using a jig and minnow on May 28 while fishing the Boulder Junction area.   Mike Romano SR of Chicago caught some nice walleyes in the ...
  • 6/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
    Brandon Mueller from Appleton, Wi caught this beautiful 29 inch walleye on June 23 using a jig and minnow while fishing the Boulder Junction area.   Keith Fuller from Chicago, ILL holding a couple of nice walleyes – the biggest one being a nice 24 incher caught on a jig-and minnow while fishing on June 19 in the Boulder Junction area...
  • 6/27/2014 7:20:00 PM
    Hi Folks – Well, it’s been a little bit since my last report. The fishing has been so good it’s been hard finding time to get off the water.  When it comes to walleyes, the weed bite is going strong. Fish are relating to any new green weed and depth hasn’t been a factor. My customers have been boating quite a fe...