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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 11/21/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for November 13, 2013 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) White-tailed deer rut continues in full swing The white-tailed deer rut is continuing in full swing across much of th...
  • 11/21/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Our own little “forecaster” the pond behind our shop, froze last week, yet reopened with the warmer temps, wind and rain of the weekend.  Well, it’s on its way bay to locking up (about 40% covered as of 11/18). Surface temps on area lakes range from 35-40 degrees.  Some lakes as of Saturday were inaccessible due to ice ...
  • 11/21/2013 9:45:00 AM
    HAYWARD – Stocking records for large fingerling walleye were shattered Tuesday as the last load of walleye produced in 2013 under theWisconsin Walleye Initiative was delivered to Smith Lake in Sawyer County. Watch  video of that final stocking. The lake was the 100th water body to receive the 6- to 8-inch walle...
  • 11/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
    With a lot of focus on the remaining early archery season and upcoming deer gun season, most sportsman have put fishing on the back burner.  Right now however can be the best time of the year to catch the largest musky of your life as well as catching plenty of walleyes and some big ones too.   The fishing in Central Wiscons...
  • 11/14/2013 11:55:00 AM
    November Wind By John Luthens  Leaves fell like heavy rain from the oak tree in my yard.  They swirled and flew horizontal in the November wind.  They warned me off the water, but I was restless.  There would be a storm riding the wind in from the northwest.  It was hard to tell if it would be rain or snow.  Novembe...
  • 11/14/2013 11:50:00 AM
    Most of the fishermen have winterized their boats and put them away for the year but there are still a few die hard fishermen out there on the water. The fishermen that are still out there are mostly Walleye and Musky fishermen, The walleye are hitting very well, on deeper waters like the Phillips Chain look for them in 20 to 30 foot of water stac...
  • 11/14/2013 11:20:00 AM
    Changing The Way Wisconsin Looks at Winter This is one of the Ice Fishing Industry's largest events. This year's show will feature over 100 companies displaying some of the most innovative products and destinations available in the Ice Fishing and Outdoor Industry. Information on participating exhibitors and our seminar sche...
  • 11/14/2013 10:55:00 AM
    A 24-year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Service has been tapped by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to be Wisconsin’s next chief conservation warden. Warden Todd Schaller, who oversees the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreation Enforcement and Education Section, will succeed Chief Warden Randy Stark, w...
  • 11/14/2013 10:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman Our North Wood’s week starts clear and cold, with a welcome warming bump for the weekend. So say the forecasters... “This is the time for serious muskie hunters and walleye anglers,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “Water temperatures are in the upper 30s to lower 40s on many lakes, and it is a great time to be on th...
  • 11/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Walleye are anglers’ top target, and we are asking for your help to make walleye fishing even better in Wisconsin. We invite you to:   Watch our video about a new plan to help boost walleye fishing in Wisconsin. Take a short public survey to help guide us in this effort Sign up for free email updates or mobile al...
  • 11/8/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Trolling for Trout and Salmon is still good. Stream fishing is still good with Trout and Salmon biting, but keep in mind that the streams are only open until November 15th. Anglers that haven’t put their boats away or Anglers that may st...
  • 11/7/2013 5:50:00 PM
    The 2013 open water season is winding down and there may only be a few weeks left to get out on area waters. Water Temps are hanging in the 38 to 44 degree range depending on what body of water your on. Fall fishing hasn't been a disappointment as most anglers are reporting good catches. The Walleye action has really picked up and some of ...
  • 11/7/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Fencerows By John Luthens  I’ll walk on tiptoe; arm my eye with caution.My heart with courage, and my hand with weapon.Like him who ventures on a lion’s den.  -Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)  I had the vision while I was passed out in a van.  It was Halloween and it was a revelation in the true spirit of on...
  • 11/7/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Fishing has been slow Water has been cooling down and the bass fishing has been slow.  We managed to find the fish in the backwaters on the east side of the lake in the afternoon.  The best bait was Lethal Weapons with blue brown plastic tube attached.  Northerns are biting on spinners but tough to locate.  Panfish are ...
  • 11/7/2013 2:45:00 PM
    With a lot of focus on deer hunting right now many anglers have taken to the woods instead of being on the water.  With that said the few anglers that are hitting the water are doing very well on both muskies and walleyes.  This is the best time of the year for that trophy of a lifetime and the die-hards that are out on the water...
  • 11/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Water temps are really dropping now. The fish are looking to follow the same pattern.  Walleyes are hitting the deeper water and will stay there, or head deeper until the ice covers the lakes. Not every walleye will be deep, but the majority of your fish will be. Best ways to catch these walleye are jig and minnow fishing vertically, or dragg...
  • 11/7/2013 2:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman The North Wood’s weekend was a wet and windy one, and the forecast for this week predicts rain and/or snow nearly every day (with way too many mentions of snow for early November!) “Most area lakes have turned over or are in process of turning,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “and water temperatures a...
  • 11/7/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Water temps have dropped since last report, now ranging from 36-42 degrees.  The musky action has picked up from slow start.   Many muskies caught in the last few days and while artificial lures may be bringing them in, most of the catches have been on suckers.  .  Musky Suckers have not been an issue to get in our area as ...
  • 10/31/2013 12:45:00 PM
    The fall musky bite is right now and big fish are being caught by anglers running large suckers run under bobbers and by guys throwing large jerkbaits like Suicks and Mantas.  Most of the action is in 8 to 14 feet of water but a few fish have been caught suspended over very deep water up to 30 feet deep. Walleyes have been very active...
  • 10/31/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Fishing conditions were about as brutal as they get in Wisconsin last week with the combination of high winds, cold temps and rain/snow mix but the fish did bite. The water temps are ranging from 38 to 44 degrees in area lakes and the fish are moving into their traditional fall patterns. Walleye started to show themselves again, angle...
  • 10/31/2013 12:15:00 PM
    SPOONER – Walleye stocking is still underway from the state hatchery producing the most of anglers’ favorite fish, with state crews trading the longtime bucket brigade for a mechanical method of moving fish from the ponds into stocking trucks. A new video shows staff at the Gov. Tommy G. Thompson State Fish Hatchery using a fis...
  • 10/31/2013 12:10:00 PM
    By Terrell Boettcher News Editor Approximately 50 people attended and offered input at an Oct. 15 public forum in Hayward on the “Walleye Initiative” proposed by Governor Walker and put into effect this year. The initiative is providing funding to greatly expand the hatchery production of large walleye fingerlings to stock in ...
  • 10/31/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Another weekend of wind, cold, rain, sleet and snow.  Big fall bites have just not developed well.  Blame could be on conditions being rough for boat control, but, even then fish should be being caught.  Musky:  Fair.  Not much for reports over the weekend.  Pressure put on smaller lakes as large lakes extremely tough...
  • 10/31/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Steve Suman  The North Woods has an interesting week ahead, according to present prognostications, with milder temperatures and more chances for rain than snow.  Good news – you recoup an hour of sleep November 3 when (if!) you turn back your clocks at 2 a.m. for the end of Daylight Saving Time.  “Very cold conditions ...
  • 10/31/2013 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. ...