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  • 2/20/2014 9:20:00 AM
    Outstanding action for GIANT PIKE in the Central Wisconsin area.  Big pike well over 30 inches and even some over 40 inches have been the norm the past few weeks.  These are big fish that want a big bait,  XL-shiners and good sized suckers have been the bait of choice fished off tip-ups set along shallow weed edges ...
  • 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
    Only 5 Vendor Spaces Left! Still time to Register! You still have time to book your exhibitor spot at the 2014 Wisconsin Sport Show in Eau Claire!Click HERE for vendor registration form First Time Vendor Discounts   A 10% First Time Vendor Discount is available on ALL exhibitor and sponsor packages and bulk s...
  • 2/20/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Early Trout Season Opens March 1 to streams loaded with fish MADISON – Wisconsin’s early catch-and-release trout season opens March 1 on streams that are loaded with fish but might take some work to reach during the earliest days of the season, state fish biologists say.  -  Read Full Article...
  • 2/20/2014 8:50:00 AM
    Finally a break in the weather.  Not great, but, by this winters standard, a nice weekend to be out.  The east winds didn’t help much for the fish, nor did the high pressure system.  That has all given way to a new batch of snow on Monday that will only add to the travel problems. Pike:  Good.  Action, as well as par...
  • 2/20/2014 8:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman We have plenty of snow and more on the way, but the coming week’s forecast is for warmer and windy, though with a return to the cold temperatures next weekend. Disappointing for many, but it is only mid-February! The DNR is holding its second annual Fisheries Management Forum Wednesday, February 19, at Hayward High school. The m...
  • 2/14/2014 6:10:00 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 trout and salmon fishing has been good this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Island...
  • 2/14/2014 6:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: Well it’s all over for the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and I’m sure many spearers are already looking forward to 2015.  A total of 89 spearers harvested fish on the final day of the season, bringing the season total on Lake Winnebago to 1,513 fish.  95 of t...
  • 2/14/2014 5:55:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: Last week I sent out an email about a documentary entitled the “Frozen Chosen” which premiered in Fond du Lac on February 6, 2014.  I stated that the documentary would air on Milwaukee Public Television a couple of days this week.  However, due to increased interest in the v...
  • 2/12/2014 9:35:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: The real Day 5 of the 2014 sturgeon spearing is now over and we have reached the 90% trigger for the system-wide adult female harvest cap.  That means that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the last day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System and the s...
  • 2/12/2014 9:20:00 PM
    If you're not in your shanty tomorrow, your season is over for 2014 OSHKOSH, February 12. Day five of the 2014 sturgeon spearing is now over and we have reached the 90% trigger for the system-wide adult female harvest cap.  That means that tomorrow (Thursday) will be the last day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago...
  • 2/12/2014 9:15:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Warmer temperatures are forecasted, and I'm hoping things will turn around and start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here.  When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them ...
  • 2/12/2014 9:05:00 PM
    With most mornings starting off in the double digit/below zero mark (17-23 below the last four mornings) participation in the ice is down quite a lot. Fishing was understandably slow due to cold and high pressure system hanging over our area.  Lack of wind made things bearable during the day as temps warmed up to 7-14 degrees above by mid aft...
  • 2/12/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Steve Suman Temperatures remain unseasonably COLD through the first part of this week, with lows pushing -25 degrees and highs in the single to low double-digits. Finally, a break arrives Wednesday, with a low above zero and a high reaching into the mid-20s! The second annual Sawyer County fish management forum is Wednesday, February 19, from 7-9...
  • 2/12/2014 8:50:00 PM
    By John Luthens Matthew Klein, of Fond du Lac, stood in a long waiting line to register his sturgeon on the opening day of Lake Winnebago’s spearing season.  He didn’t mind.  He stood line with the spirits of the generations; spirits haunting the ice of the Lake Winnebago system in a storied tradition, perched in dark...
  • 2/12/2014 8:30:00 PM
    If your venturing out on the lakes, make sure that you know where you are going if traveling with any wheeled vehicle. The heavy snow cover and pockets of slush have made it almost impossible for anything but foot and snowmobile travel. Hopefully warmer temps in the forecast will settle the snow down a little on the lakes and make travel a ...
  • 2/11/2014 9:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: Day 5 of the 2014 Sturgeon spearing season has come and gone with a total harvest of 152 fish.  Overall, today’s harvest was much more spread out, but the south end stations of Jim and Linda’s (Pipe) and Wendt’s still produced the most fish.  A more in-d...
  • 2/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
    Sochi and Sturgeon: The Weekend is Behind UsThe weekend festivities and competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were characterized by big events and big performances, not unlike the weekend of the 2014 Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season. Many big fish were harvested. Single-day high harvest totals were reached and the Upri...
  • 2/10/2014 9:55:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: We have now completed three days of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System and spearers are continuing to have great success with harvesting some very nice fish.  The season on the Upriver Lakes came to a close today with a total harvest of 341 fish, 11 of w...
  • 2/10/2014 9:45:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: As you all should be aware from my previous email report, the Upriver Lakes spear fishery closed today after just three short days.  The 341 fish harvested during the Upriver Lakes season is the most ever harvested during an Upriver Lakes fishery since the lottery system was imp...
  • 2/10/2014 8:55:00 AM
    Ellis photos from the sturgeon spearing opener at Wendt’s Landing on Lake Winnebago; check out Ellis Blogs for the story and more photos. Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors.
  • 2/10/2014 8:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon enthusiasts: Day 2 of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season is in the books and, similar to yesterday, spearers were able to harvest some very nice fish.  The south end of Lake Winnebago was once again the hot spot with Wendt’s on the Lake leading the way with 76 fish on day 2.  The registra...
  • 2/9/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Season opens with a big day! Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attached PDF document shows the harvest ...
  • 2/9/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Photos courtesy of Diane Schauer Marty Franzen with his 130 lb sturgeon, Quinney Jeff Whitney's first sturgeon, 47 lbs Stockbridge First Sturgeon ever, Wendt's
  • 2/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attach...
  • 2/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
    I wanted to provide some background information on just how this season’s opening day compared to opening day in past seasons that had similar regulations.  Most notably the 6-hour season was initiated in 2002, so I compared this year’s opening day harvest to opening days since 2002.  The attached document shows the average ...