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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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  • 3/25/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • 3/25/2014 4:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens It was somewhere around midnight when I decided to go trout fishing.  It was either the first or second day of spring.  When I ripped my eyes from the television screen, it depended on which way I tilted my head to look at the clock.  It was also either the first or second day of the March college basketball ...
  • 3/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
    With dawn temps running 6 to 10 degrees below 0 and nothing above freezing for a few days here in late March, doesn't look good for ice out by the may opener at this rate. Ice thickness averages 32 to 36"+ that's a lot of ice to lose in 30 some days. We should have a nice long, late ice panfish season though! Yellow Perch: Good- The most action be...
  • 3/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman The North Woods continues to experience all the wonders of winter, but the extended forecast indicates a real change – not just a one- or two-day respite – is arriving about April 3. Most of us are ready for it! “We had a lot of snow melt that left us with standing water,” says Pat at Happy Hooke...
  • 3/21/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Anglers are starting to hit open water below area dams in search of walleyes. The guys that are out are doing ok on fish from 14 to 24 inches by using jig and minnow combinations. Ice fishing is as good as it can get!  Hooksetters guides have been on the water almost daily and with our clients we have been hammering the big bl...
  • 3/21/2014 1:55:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Winter holds on in the north, while spring advances in the south Spring may have officially began with the arrival of the vernal equinox on Thursday this week, but at least in northern Wisconsin old man wi...
  • 3/21/2014 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: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good recently, but the snow has reduced the number of anglers venturing out. Some very large lakers ranging f...
  • 3/21/2014 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: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good recently, but the snow has reduced the number of anglers venturing out. Some very large lakers ranging f...
  • 3/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
    Have you visited Kwik Trip Outdoors on Facebook yet?  Here’s a great way to do it; “Like” Kwik Trip Outdoors, and enter into their contest to win a $100 Kwik Trip gift card. Click here to enter! “We hope to have the Kwik Trip Outdoors Facebook page be a place where fans have the opp...
  • 3/20/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Prior to the 2014 sturgeon spearing season I had sent out an email about a documentary entitled the Frozen Chosen.  This documentary covers the sport of sturgeon spearing and captures the importance of the spearing season for two local families.  Steve Boettcher and his crew did an outsta...
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    It doesn't seem as though mother nature will let off her cold grip any time soon; we just can't get a break. Even though its mid-March, with plenty of hard snow cover and slush underneath, panfish are still relating to deeper water. However, catches have been good. Crappie: Good- Very Good. Anglers have reported good success over the weekend over ...
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    I’m sure you have all heard about the historical events this last winter of the ice coverage on the Great Lakes.  For the first time since 1979 more than 90% of all of the Great Lakes are covered in ice. The satellite pictures are startling.  Small islands of open water appear in a moonscape of ice and snow, bereft of any lights, i...
  • 3/20/2014 11:15:00 AM
    With the ice breaking up, slowly, and the waters of our wonderful state are starting to emerge from its winter sleep, many fisherman are thinking of the balmy days when they can get out on the lakes and rivers for a great day of fishing. There are a few dedicated fisherman that enjoy a completely different type of fishing.  They disdain the u...
  • 3/20/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast calls for temperatures similar to or a bit cooler than last week, with a chance of snow nearly every day. During this same time last year, we enjoyed temperatures in the 50s and 60s! Pat at Happy Hooker says few anglers are fishing due to the snow and slush making it difficult, if not impossible, to move aro...
  • 3/20/2014 11:05:00 AM
  • 3/20/2014 11:05:00 AM
    New Facebook contest generates excitement for Wisconsin State ParksMADISON – Sixteen of Wisconsin’s lesser known and used state parks properties are ready to go head-to-head in the first ever “Wisconsin State Park Treasures” contest. Up for grabs are bragging rights for the winning state park and a prize package for one luck...
  • 3/14/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Warm weather reduces snow cover in the south, deep snow persists in the north Some very warm weather early in the week, reaching into the 50s statewide, has taken a toll on winter sports conditions, especi...
  • 3/14/2014 10:45:00 AM
      Editor note: As an avid fly fisherman, On Wisconsin Outdoor columnist Jerry Kiesow is a hard one to keep out of the river.  He submitted his first river report this week, more because he was in the area than due to any crazy idea that the run was on, or even that the ice was off.  See Jerry’s photos and some of his w...
  • 3/14/2014 10:30:00 AM
    ~ 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: The lake trout fishing in the Apostle Islands has been good this past week. Some very large lakers ranging from 14-25 pounds have been caught, with a m...
  • 3/14/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin Sport Show  Join us again for this year's sport show! DATE: March 14, 15 and 16, 2014 TIME: Friday, 4 PM to 8:30 PMSaturday, 10 AM to 6 PMSunday, 10 AM to 4 PM LOCATION: Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI MORE: Advanced Ticket...
  • 3/14/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Wow, what a change in temps! A break in the weather has a few more anglers out braving the slush. Crappies: Good. Some are having good luck using waxies, plastics, in 12-15' also crappie minnows or small rosies on a tipdown with warmer weather scoring some nice catches. Bluegills: Good-Improving. Some catches by anglers using small shad darts, Fi...
  • 3/14/2014 9:50:00 AM
    By John Luthens Turkey feathers disappeared one by one, upturned wings and eye hackle on the shanks of hooks, tied into fishing fly creations while the winter flew.  Between shovels of snow, the last of my squirrel-tail stockpile was tied into streamers.  I should have been better prepared.  I should have hunted harder when ...
  • 3/12/2014 10:35:00 PM
    Have you visited Kwik Trip Outdoors on Facebook yet?  Here’s a great way to do it; “Like” Kwik Trip Outdoors, and enter into their contest to win a $100 Kwik Trip gift card. Click here to enter! “We hope to have the Kwik Trip Outdoors Facebook page be a place where fans have the opp...
  • 3/10/2014 11:10:00 AM
    Following a mostly pleasant weekend and very warm Monday, temperatures drop to levels that are more seasonal. Considering this winter, many people will see ‘normal’ temperatures as a welcome warming trend! “Game fish season closed, so the focus turns to panfish,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “However, deep snow and slush...
  • 3/9/2014 1:15:00 PM
    The original classic Wabler that started the Williams company almost 100 years ago will include 4 new colors for the 2014 season. The Williams Wabler in sizes W40, W50 & W60 will be offered in: BDAP Bad Apple Black/Chartreuse on silver Honeycomb, ORMK Orange Monkey on Gold Honeycomb, RUFFE a classic baitfish pattern in natural browns and black...