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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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  • 2/19/2018 4:20:00 PM
      VIEW THE NEXT 10 DAYS IN LA CROSSE →     SEE CALENDAR     |     GET A GUIDE     |     WIN STUFF     |   &n...
  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forest Products News - February 2018 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 02/16/2018 02:33 PM CST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. ...
  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Today we highlight the season of 40 years ago (1978).  For starters, the 1978 season only included a fishery on Lake Winnebago.  Water clarity coming into the season was good (average 14’ of clarity) and ice conditions allowed for safe travel. Thus, spearers were anxiously awaiting the season getting started. However, the largest sn...
  • 2/19/2018 4:15:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: We are now half way through the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago.  We have been hearing reports for the last few days that the water has gradually been clearing and there must be some truth to that given the harvest over the last two days.  The 119 fish registered the past two days (51 y...
  • 2/19/2018 4:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The sturgeon harvest on Lake Winnebago picked up today, as 51 fish were registered today.  The registration station at Wendt’s was the busiest with 17 fish registered, followed by Payne’s Point (8), Jerry’s Bar (7), Calumet Harbor (6), Stockbridge Harbor (5), and Waverly...
  • 2/19/2018 4:05:00 PM
    (A photography and fly-tying presentation by OWO contributors John Luthens and Jerry Kiesow)  Gordon MacQuarrie cast his final, Wisconsin line over 60 years ago, but the words he left behind continue to capture the hearts of sportsman outdoor enthusiasts, and they continue to be relevant for trout fishermen everywhere. Born in Superior, Wi...
  • 2/16/2018 9:45:00 AM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Carolyn from Ang...
  • 2/16/2018 9:40:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today’s harvest from Lake Winnebago included 33 fish.  The south end continues to produce the best with Wendt’s (11 fish), Calumet Harbor (8 fish), and Jerry’s Bar (6) registering the most fish.  The north shore stations have been very slow with Waverly Beach, St...
  • 2/16/2018 9:40:00 AM
    Winter birds continue to dominate the birding scene, highlighted by many snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, American tree sparrows, increasing numbers of horned larks in the south, common redpolls, and more. Spring migration is not far off, however, as cranes, geese, and a few other species are typically on the move by the end of the month. Moreover, ...
  • 2/16/2018 9:40:00 AM
    Outdoor Report Published February 15, 2018 by the Central Office View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions R...
  • 2/16/2018 9:35:00 AM
    Wisconsin's rare plants Fassett's locoweed (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea), photo by Thomas Meyer, Wisconsin DNR. There are 336 vascular plants on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List, including 316 that are tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory. Rare plant habitats can vary greatly in size and quality, wi...
  • 2/16/2018 9:20:00 AM
    It has been another fantastic week here in Central Wisconsin. The fishing has been very good for all species with panfish taking the top spot again for consistent action. Walleye and pike have been fairly active with some pretty decent ones being caught. Most of the panfish are being caught by jigging in shallow water with tear-drop style jigs.&nbs...
  • 2/16/2018 9:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry News - February edition Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 02/15/2018 02:18 PM CST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. ...
  • 2/16/2018 9:10:00 AM
    H006TT - Truckers Tribute Edition .44 MagHonoring Those Who Move America. Truckers drive the biggest rigs on the road, so it made sense to upsize the Golden Boy version and offer this tribute edition in the hard-hitting .44 Magnum as well. They know a loaded truck, much like a loaded gun, is something to respect and that safety is key on the road. ...
  • 2/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
    By Central Office February 14, 2018 Contact(s): Scott Walter, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist, 608-267-7865 or Dianne Robinson, Wildlife Biologist, 262-424-9827 MADISON- Video footage of a large cat submitted by landowners in Washington County has been verified by Department of Natural Resources biologists as a cougar. The animal was re...
  • 2/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  There were 24 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today bringing the season total to 253.  Calumet Harbor (Pipe) paced the way with 7 fish while Stockbridge Harbor and Jerry’s Bar (Oshkosh) each registered 4.  On the season, Wendt’s has a pretty good lead on all other s...
  • 2/15/2018 9:55:00 AM
    The donors of Aurora Health Care Foundation are committed to transforming care and building stronger, healthier communities.  Behind each donation is a desire to make the world a healthier place. Today, Vivian is back to her vivacious self and staying busy. If she’s not sharing her story to help better other peoples’ lives, you ca...
  • 2/15/2018 9:55:00 AM
    February 12, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman The forecast for this week shows high temperatures from 15 to 40 degrees and lows from -6 to 20 degrees, with a few snow chances. It will be winter in the North Woods for a while yet, but we are already almost in the second half of February! The 2018 Sawyer County Fisheries Forum ...
  • 2/15/2018 9:50:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The big question coming into today was how long the spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes would last.  We were only 2 adult females away from the 90% trigger and 11 adult females from the 100% season closure.  Well it literally came down to the wire.  At 1:50, we were still...
  • 2/14/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Published - February 13, 2018 by the Central Office   Anglers re-write state fish records in catch and release and by weight categories Keith Warnke hired as Wisconsin DNR R3 Team Supervisor LEARN TO HUNT: Hunters asked to consider teaching new hunters of all ages Index Next   Anglers re-write state fish records i...
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  • 2/14/2018 10:50:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts:   For starters, I’ve been informed that I forgot to send the daily harvest summary sheet showing how many fish were registered at each station. So I have attached that summary to this email.  You may remember that last season I chronicled some past sturgeon spearing se...
  • 2/14/2018 10:45:00 AM
    The donors of Aurora Health Care Foundation are committed to transforming care and building stronger, healthier communities.  Behind each donation is a desire to make the world a healthier place.   After 10 days in intensive care, Vivian was transferred to a room on the rehab floor. "I ended up hospitalized for a total of 32 days," ...
  • 2/13/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts:   Spearers harvested 109 fish from the Winnebago System today with 48 coming from Lake Winnebago and 61 from the Upriver Lakes.  This included 2 very nice fish, one from Lake Winnebago and one from the Upriver Lakes.  The biggest fish on the system today was 153.7 pounds, 79...