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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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  • 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...
  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Water temperatures continued to crash today (down to 42 degrees in Shawano and 44.5 degrees at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton), but fish continued to spawn on the Wolf River.  Our crew started the day at Bamboo Bend this morning and then returned in the afternoon to finish up our tagging day.  I...
  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Things are looking a lot like this time last year... maybe even worse! At the time of this report (3:00pm. 4/28/14) average ice thickness on the surrounding lakes is 22-26". Some anglers still reporting drilling to the gear box (32-34") but these are on areas that received heavy winter traffic with crushed down snow and slush. 12-16" of hard black ...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    It's April 24th with an inch plus of new snow on the ground and more coming down. Air temps of 32-33 deg. at noon, not much melting going on. Some shorelines have pulled away thanks to Wednesdays sunshine and near 50 deg. Ice thickness seems to run from as little as 18" to as much as 30" plus. 22-24" seems to be the average with the bottom 14-16"...
  • 4/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Well it's almost here, just a few short days and the 2014 Game Fish season opens in Wisconsin. As with last year the ice hung on to the end and in some areas of Northern WI the lakes are still ice covered but there are many opportunities for open water fishing in the Phillips WI/Price County area. As of Monday 4/28 Long, Elk, Duroy, Soo, Mus...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman Anglers looking forward to the May 3 fishing season opener might want to avoid the weather forecast from now through Friday, skipping straight ahead to Saturday’s more encouraging predictions. Rain will help remove some of the snow and ice, but expect some challenges – and have some “PLAN B” options at the ready...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3195 MADISON - The preliminary 2014 Wisconsin late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. The preliminary numbers equate to a 19 percent decline in the late winter population co...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    It's somewhat hard to imagine, that after such a cold and hard winter that we will have a fishing opener this weekend. Lakes are starting to open up more by the day. We can thank the wind and rain, because without that we would be fishing hard water again this opener.  That won't be the case this year on many lakes though as open water is mor...
  • 4/30/2014 2:50:00 PM
    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...
  • 4/30/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon spawning seems to be slowing down on the Winnebago System.  Fish spawned pretty hard at the Sturgeon Trail last night and into this morning, but by early morning they had backed off substantially.  Our crew was able to handle 53 fish at this site today before things fizzled, incl...
  • 4/30/2014 2:25:00 PM
    After a long winter, we’re ready to go fishing! Enjoy this video message from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp previewing what’s new this season and find links to help you get ready for that first fishing trip. Download DNR’s free fishing app now Check out fishing license discounts to take friends and family along t...