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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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  • 1/2/2014 6:15:00 PM
    PRAIRIE du CHIEN - To help ice anglers explore the fantastic fishing found on the 200-plus miles of the Mississippi River bordering Wisconsin, state fish biologists and conservation wardens stationed along Ol' Man River will host a live online chat Jan. 7.   The live chat begins at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 7. To participate,...
  • 1/2/2014 6:05:00 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 Reports: The fishing has been excellent on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior following the recent Snowfall and the Holidays. Snow accumulation on the ice is much greater in the Bay due to stro...
  • 1/2/2014 1:30:00 PM
    Great week till the bottom dropped out of the thermometer.  A 62 degree temperature swing from Saturday December 28 through Monday December 30.  Anglers were out in force on Saturday enjoying the above freezing temps and the holiday weekend.  While there have been some conflicting reports, most reports were of good fishing though out...
  • 1/2/2014 1:25:00 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 frozen lak...
  • 12/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Weather has been up and down here in the Northwoods a bit lately.  High pressure and low temps (-9 to -20 degrees last night) put fish and anglers not in a good mood to bite or fish.  Windows of opportunity spring up.  Monday’s higher temps, lower barometer and better fishing follows. Pike:  Good-Very good.  Big suck...
  • 12/26/2013 3:55:00 PM
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all... The snow is piling up on the lakes and travel conditions are becoming an issue when it comes to getting to local ice fishing hotspots, but angers are still proceeding onto the ice and with that, they are doing quite well. The walleye bite has continued to be very good at nighttime with some d...
  • 12/23/2013 1:50:00 PM
    With all the family Christmas get togethers, I didn't make it on the ice this week at all but Customers are reporting a slow walleye bite with the best bite being right at dark. Golden shiners are the preferred bait right now. Anglers are split about 50/50 on using treble hooks or a wide gap single hook. I like using a number 2 wide gap G...
  • 12/23/2013 1:45:00 PM
    The Hayward area enjoyed mild temperatures (20-degree range) and continuing snowfall over the weekend, with just enough to shovel and make for ‘iffy’ driving conditions. By the way – as of December 21, it is now officially winter. “One would think it was the end of January with the bitter cold the last several wee...
  • 12/22/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for December 19, 2013 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) More than 2 feet of snow now reported in far northern Wisconsin [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Due to state holidays on Dec...
  • 12/22/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: This report is strictly about the Ashland side of the Bay. People are walking out from shore to ice fish and using snowmobiles and atv’s. They are checking their way with a spud. As of this writing there is 12inches of ice with very litt...
  • 12/22/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Small villages are starting to form on the local lakes. Last year Long Lake (typically last to freeze) froze over around December 11th, and at that time this year there was 9-11" of ice depending on where you were.  Good fishing is being found around the area right now. Colder than normal temps are pushing people into ice houses but this...
  • 12/22/2013 1:00:00 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. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 12/22/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman Subzero low weekend temperatures in the North Woods have given way to a welcome warm-up accompanied (as is often the case) by more snowfall. This brings a smile to many people ... to others, not so much. Whether or not you love it, snow-covered pine trees make for picture-perfect Christmas scenery! This might bring a smile – ple...
  • 12/22/2013 12:45:00 PM
    More super cold held most anglers at bay last week. A break in the weather (temps over 0 degrees) brought anglers out on the ice Friday and Saturday before chilling down below 0 degrees Sunday & Monday (lows of -20degrees) kept all but the crazies off the ice. Ice thickening. Large lakes such as Trout, Fence have 8” (safe for A.T.V.) mos...
  • 12/22/2013 12:40:00 PM
    What a cold December!!!! The sub zero temps have made some great ice with most fishermen reporting 10 to 16 inches of ice on most area lakes. There is a little snow on the lakes that are hampering travel a little but all in all we have some of the best ice conditions that we have had in many years. Walleye fishing has been moderate, Angler...
  • 12/22/2013 12:35:00 PM
    MADISON - Wisconsin’s second annual winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for Jan. 18-19, 2014. No fishing license or Great Lakes salmon stamp is needed to fish any Wisconsin water. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. Other fishing rules apply, su...
  • 12/17/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Fencerows By John Luthens Christmas put me in an impatient mood when I was a boy.  I knew it was coming when, somewhere around deer hunting season, the town put up the holiday lights and Bing Crosby started on the radio.  It appeared on the distant horizon like the smoke from a red-sleighed freight train but never seemed to get ...
  • 12/17/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn CountyFor fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn CountyFishing season dates 2013-2014Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site.\For up to date ...
  • 12/17/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Awful cold for early December. Wind, snow/rain/sleet and below 0 temps have kept anglers off the ice. Despite a few areas where snow has piled up a bit and is insulating slush- most areas building good ice. Averages in the 8-10” range for the most part with some small protected lakes reporting a full 12”+. Walleye:  Very Good. For...
  • 12/11/2013 9:00:00 PM
    With recent cold temperatures ice conditions on area lakes is very good.  Most area lakes have 5 to 8 inches of good solid ice and guys are accessing their favorite locations by both foot and ATV/snowmobile travel. The walleye bite has been very good with some nice fish being caught under the presence of night fall and during low ligh...
  • 12/11/2013 8:00:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: This report is strictly about the Ashland side of the Bay. People are walking out from shore to ice fish. They are checking their way with a spud. As of this writing there is 6inches of ice with very little snow cover. The Inland L...
  • 12/11/2013 7:50:00 PM
    December 10, 2013 Snowmobile season on deck: Please keep the sled parked until trails are ready!MADISON -- With winter storms powering through all parts of Wisconsin in recent days ushering in snow and cold, state recreational specialists are asking snowmobilers to prep their sleds for the season but to please hold off on hitting the trails until ...
  • 12/11/2013 7:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman North Wood’s weather remains cold and windy, with some nasty wind chills in the making. Forecasts indicate little reason to expect relief in the near future, and every slight (very slight) rise in temperature seems to bring falling snow. Read the temperature predictions closely – it can be difficult to differentiate between...
  • 12/9/2013 4:05:00 PM
    The snow and cold weather conditions kept some fishermen off the ice, but the fishermen that did venture out on the ice found some great Walleye, Pike, and Panfish action! Even with the heavy snow fall mid week the sub zero temps have pushed ice thickness from 7 to 10 inches in most areas and reports of ice thickness close to a foot have ...
  • 12/6/2013 5:30:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: This time of year is a waiting game for the ice to freeze over and be safe enough to ice fish. There have been a few anglers ice fishing on the Inland Lakes but the new snow cover has made travel on the ice tough and conditions slushy.  ...