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2/12/2018
Joseph Orlando with the largest sturgeon speared opening weekend, at 147.3 pounds. Hanging out at Wendt’s Landing opening morning with camera and notebook on the west shore of Lake Winnebago to greet successful sturgeon spearers at that registration station has proven to be an annual event for Scott Heitman and me.  2018 was no exception.  According to Fisheries Biologist Dave Bartz of Wautoma during our mid-morning interview a...
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2/12/2018 Sturgeon spearing opener results in lower harvest

Joseph Orlando with the largest sturgeon speared opening weekend, at 147.3 pounds. Hanging out at Wendt’s Landing opening morning with camera and notebook on the west shore of Lake Winnebago to greet successful sturgeon spearers at that registration station has proven to be an annual event ... More


1/31/2018 Moose Lake Offers a Clear Choice

Dillon Raap fights the morning’s biggest pike on Moose.  Clear as can be in fact, Sunday morning, with no snow at all on the 83 acre Waukesha County gem, and a great opportunity to actually watch hooked fish fight the good fight beneath 8-inches of ice. Call it a window of opportunity,... More


1/15/2018 To Freeze or Not To Freeze?

That is the question for sane and insane sportsmen alike  across time when deciding whether or not the final days of deer season are really worth “weathering” some of the most vicious temperatures Mother Nature can spit our way.  The answer, for Scott Heitman, his son Ty Kinzig... More


12/20/2017 A Bird in the Hand…

A bird in the hand makes for one fine Christmas story, or maybe just one fine Jalapeno popper. Depending on the bird. Larry recovers in the writer’s hand. Consider this another contradiction from the world of the outdoors. I’m one, and I think you may well be one too, based on discus... More


12/10/2017 Muzzle Loading the North Country

  OWO Columnist Mike Foss had to take this buck from a bobcat which had claimed it as his own. With four days of hunting the rut with my bow and four days of rifle hunting the north country but still no deer, I turned back to Vilas County for two days of muzzleloader hunting. The only problem... More


11/27/2017 Thoughts from a Deer Camp

If you follow the Ellis deer camp at all over the years in Vilas County near Boulder Junction, you know we’re not baiters or feeders.  We scout terrain to locate deer, and then carry in portable tree stands on our backs to set ambushes, and move again.  Peter Bratz took this fine ... More


11/7/2017 Wisconsin Deer Hunters in a Rut

If the deer season is the flagship of all hunting sports in Wisconsin, eagerly anticipated annually by 600,000 hunters, and it is, then the precious days of the October/November rut are without doubt the gem within the gem.  These too fleeting days of whitetail mating activity when even the big... More


10/30/2017 Memories of a Bear Hunt, OWO Hits the Streets.

Common questions passed among hunters during these days of the whitetail rut include“are the bucks chasing yet” or simply “are they moving?”  I couldn’t help but think of that when On Wisconsin Outdoors fishing columnist Dave Duwe sent me this photo while working... More


10/10/2017 20 Bears and Counting….

Tank, a monster bear estimated at 600 pounds by experts at Northern Wisconsin Outfitters, eluded hunters for the 5th straight year in 2017, but made plenty of appearances on the bait and camera…when the hunter wasn’t there. OWO writer Mike Foss tells us that Northern Wisconsin Outfit... More


9/21/2017 News from Bear Camp…and around Wisconsin

Queen, a monster sow captured on Northern Wisconsin Outfitters Trail camera, would not let other bears, even some very large boars, eat at this bait station to the point that the site was eventually abandoned by the guides. I invaded my brother Steve’s cabin in Iron County last week to serv... More


8/31/2017 Our 10th Anniversary Issue Hits the Streets

Happy anniversary us!  Thanks to you.  We’re hot off the presses this morning with 100,000 papers of the September-October 2017 issue being distributed as we speak throughout Wisconsin.  Look for the paper very soon in 355 Kwik Trip stores (see our homepage or last blog for e... More


8/14/2017 Bear Season Looms

Kwik Trip has your OWO Traveler, this one-eyed bear weighing in at 500 pounds, has been a recent, frequent visitor at the bear baits of Northern Wisconsin Outfitters. On Wisconsin Outdoors writer John Luthens and I will be visiting Northern Wisconsin Outfitters (NWO) in Bayfield County again in... More


8/2/2017 See You at DeerFest

BEC Master of Ceremonies Kevin Wallenfang comes in big with his first fish in 10 years.  The musky measured in at 38 inches before release and claimed 2nd place in the 14th annual event. We will see you at DeerFest this weekend, Friday through Sunday August 4-6 at the Washington County Fairg... More


7/20/2017 Photo Album

Results of the 2017 Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic will be shared in this space next week. We’re waiting on a photo of the winning fish. The Classic was total fun, with several fish caught and released during the one-day event, and several stories (lies) ‘released’ by fisherman a... More


7/10/2017 ICAST Calling

Scott Lewendowski’s 52-inch musky was one of several monsters taken and released this week with OWO columnist and Wisconsin super guide Phil Schweik. Read the details under Inland Fishing on this website. Lori and I will be in Orlando for ICAST 2017, the world’s largest sportfishing t... More


6/23/2017 A multi-species kind of happiness

Ellis Blogs 6-23-2017 A multi-species kind of happiness   OWO columnist Dan Moericke with a beautiful Father’s Day brown trout. Dan Moericke has been writing an On Wisconsin Outdoors’ column for 10 years.  Dan, of the Wausau area, sends these photos of his trout fly-fishing... More


6/7/2017 BEC Musky Classic is Just That

Bob Ellis is shown in the 12 foot skiff he used to catch hundreds of muskies row trolling. The 2017 Bob Ellis Rowtrolling Classic (BEC) will be held Saturday, July 15.  Make your plans now, and find out why a no entry-fee, no prize money, catch-and-release tournament chasing muskies exclusi... More


5/25/2017 Remember the Fallen

First, and the only real thing of importance this week, we’re all going fishing or turkey hunting…or shopping …on this long weekend because of the hundreds of thousands of men and women over hundreds of years who gave their lives for America’s freedoms. Say a prayer of th... More


5/5/2017 Now it Starts

Row trolling will be on the Ellis boys schedule early and often this fishing season. Here Jim Ellis prepares to release a nice walleye. I shouldn’t really refer to the Wisconsin fishing opener as a new beginning like that, because really it never ends here for the hunter and fisherman does i... More


4/21/2017 Walleyes Calling….You

Josh Hoier, 8 of New London poses for Wolf River expert John Faucher with his catch of beautiful walleyes. I took my own blog advice Tuesday.  The wolf River and friend John Faucher called me north from southeast Wisconsin to New London to check out the walleye run for myself.  Faucher ... More


4/9/2017 Come Now for Walleyes!

Guide Spenser Samplawski will put you on big walleyes. OWO contributing writer Jim Olsson tells us the walleye bite on Green Bay out of DePere is hot right now.  Fishing with Guide Spenser Samplawski, Olsson said a large number of males are present with more and more big females being taken ... More


3/24/2017 Big Fish, Bigger Fish

Tyler Bell of New Berlin with a beautiful pike. With open water fishing already here on the rivers and great lakes, and the Wisconsin opening day on the horizon the first Saturday in May, let’s talk big fish….and bigger fish.  DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses the big... More


3/9/2017 Heitman Hits

Pheasants fall to bowman Scott Heitman of the Ojibwa Bowhunters Club in New Berlin shot these three roosters at a 25 percent clip with flu-flu arrows Sunday. So my ex- buddy Scott Heitman is better with his recurve than I am with my scattergun when hunting pheasants. This is notable.  I don... More


2/14/2017 Sturgeon Spearing, Ice Fishing & Pheasants

  The biggest fish to date on the Winnebago system was speared by Gerald Peterson and weighed in at 154 pounds. Not to be redundant from the blog two weeks ago, but if you have never witnessed the sturgeon spearing opening day festivities on Lake Winnebago and the upper lakes, lock it away f... More