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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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  • 12/5/2013 6:15:00 PM
    Chris Blank with a nice night bite walleye Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a nice night bite walleye Ice fishing has arrived and with 3 to 5 inches of ice on many area lakes you can be assured that anglers are heading out. The bite has been fantastic for walleyes, especially during low light periods and after dark. Most of the ac...
  • 12/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Warden Blotter: Deer can make an entrance, night flight for cows, injured hawk gets a lift, fishing & hunt cases Eau Claire and Clark counties Warden Scott Thiede of Eau Claire was on his way to a complaint about a deer crashing through the window of an Eau Claire Hotel when informed the deer left the room through the broken window. Within a ...
  • 12/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Fantastic start to the ice season!  Most lakes averaging 4-6”.  Fish active and biting.  Earliest fishable ice in the past few years.  Not everyone ready for it, but, those that are have been taking advantage of some great early ice fishing. Walleye:  Excellent.  Best reports at dusk and just after dark.  T...
  • 12/5/2013 6:00:00 PM
    The nine day gun deer hunt is finished. Cold temperatures froze over the area lakes and people are starting to venture onto the ice in search of fish. Make sure to use extreme caution right now. One area can have good ice, while other areas might be thinner. One positive note for this year, is we had real cold temps to make good ice before we got t...
  • 12/5/2013 5:55:00 PM
    Wardens offer top 13 ice safety tips for 2013 DNR conservation wardens offer these top 13 safety tips for 2013 to the ice fishing enthusiasts and other outdoor fans anxious to get on the early season ice which may not be as thick as it looks. Recreation Safety Chief Todd Schaller reminds all that ice is never predictable – especially after t...
  • 12/5/2013 5:45:00 PM
    With negative and single digit night time temps we have a solid 3 to 8 inches of ice on most Phillips area lakes with reports of limited ATV travel on some lakes, As with all ICE travel please take caution as ice thickness can change. Most of the early ice anglers are headed to the shallow areas of the lake for evening walleye or all day...
  • 12/2/2013 9:00:00 AM
    Mankato, Minnesota When the temperature hits that magic mark, fishing seasons and fishing methods change in just days. Over the last several weeks a new season has begun with anglers chipping and drilling for Ice Fishing action across the Midwest. That is encouraging news not only for anglers and the ice fishing industry but also for Brad Hansen, ...
  • 11/27/2013 9:05:00 PM
    Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic educationFree Fishing Weekend - January 18-19, 2014 Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin's Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 18 - 19, 2014.Residents and nonresidents are welcome! Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters a...
  • 11/27/2013 8:50:00 PM
    Steve Suman Opening weekend of deer season brought cold temperatures and stiff winds to the North Woods. The Packer-Viking game Sunday afternoon provided some hunters an ‘excuse’ to exit the woods early in the day, though tie games offer little satisfaction and many hunters might have wished they had endured the day in the tree stand. ...
  • 11/27/2013 8:45:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: The winds have been too high and cold to encourage any anglers to try their hand at fishing the big lake. This time of year is a waiting game for the ice to freeze over and be safe enough to ice fish. The Inlands are usually the first waters...
  • 11/27/2013 8:35:00 PM
    Another open water fishing season is in the books for most area lakes. There still is some open water opportunity left on parts of the Flambeau and Elk rivers. Some real nice walleye are caught below the dams at this time of year for those of you that don't want to give up the open water rod and reel yet. A lot of ice fishing reports are comi...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754, http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com Reports: Trolling for Trout and Salmon is still good, if you can get out on the Lake. The Streams closed on November 15th. If you aren’t a deer hunter and you are looking for something to do…come to the Chequamegon Bay and catch some fis...
  • 11/21/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Ron Hall from Chicago with a nice musky Olivia and Sam Rater with Sam's big musky - His first ever! Paul Lessila with a nice musky Luke Lessila with a nice fall walleye Sam Rater from Boston Massachusetts with his "first" musky. With the 2013 gun deer season upon us and water temperatures at freezing the guides at Hooks...
  • 11/21/2013 10:45:00 AM
    It was looking like we would be on the ice for deer season for the first time in many years but warm temps and heavy rain cleared the local lakes of ice. We did have a couple of Ice Fishermen early last week as some of the bays on some local lakes were froze up for a few days and had about 3" of ice on them. The anglers head...
  • 11/21/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman Following a mild, wet, and windy weekend, some weather changes are in store and it appears likely deer hunters will have some snow on the ground for this weekend’s gun deer season opener. “As we approach Thanksgiving,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “many anglers are now thinking about other outdoor activities, such...
  • 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...