Warm Water Walleye 

Warm Water Walleye 

Balmier, shallow waters draw in baitfish for a snack  

By Keith Kavajecz  

Although walleyes are known as a “cold water” fish, in the spring it seems that they can’t get warm fast enough! When the water temperature is less than 60 degrees, begin your search for walleyes in shallow areas of the lake. Typically, anywhere that has less than 5 feet of water is the first place where vegetation begins to grow, which draws in baitfish, which will be followed by the walleyes.  Continue Reading

Crappie Fishing

Crappie

By: Andy Mack

Just before I cross the Highway 51 bridge coming into Minocqua, I roll down the windows and the fresh spring air with the smell of pine comes rushing in.  After a quick stop at the bait shop, I’m launching the boat at one of my favorite lakes. A loon welcomes me with his long familiar call and a pair of bufflehead take off and disappear over the horizon.  Upon reaching my first spot, I cast out with excitement and anticipation. After a short wait, the bobber slowly disappears below the surface and it’s fish on!  A beautiful black and gold colored crappie rolls and fights on the surface.    Continue Reading

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

By: Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz 

It seems that most people’s idea of fishing “early ice” conjures up the image of the lone angler, trudging onto a remote frozen lake or pond to huddle over a couple holes chiseled in the ice as he waits quietly to catch a few fish for the evening meal.  Now while that’s a nice and serene scene, in reality, modern ice anglers are about being efficient on the ice – covering water, finding fish and triggering more bites. Ice fishing today is much more like open water fishing than ever before. Continue Reading

Gear & Tackle to Kick Start the Ice Season

Ice fishing is in full swing here in Wisconsin! I have been able to get out a handful of times, much earlier than the past few years due to cool weather conditions. Each outing has been with my boyfriend, Kurt, and our friends/family. We have had some excellent days with dozens of slab crappie, handful of jumbo perch, and many eater eyes. On the other hand, we have had a few days where the fish were extremely finicky and the success rate was extremely low. Either way, it is always enjoyable to get out on the ice!

On my social media pages, I am often asked what gear I use during the hard water season and what my favorite tackle is. This blog will share some of the gear I use and my current go-to lures.

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Saltwater Fishing Basics

Saltwater Fishing Basics

Each weekend, thousands of people look forward to getting the chance to go saltwater fishing. This can be a great way to relax with your friends and family members. Also, cooking something that you’ve been able to catch yourself will make the meal more satisfying. Before you can gain these benefits, you will have to learn how to fish in saltwater. To help you do this, we’ve put together plenty of tips to help you learn more about this process. When researching this, we visited several excellent online resources. Some of the best sites can be seen below. Continue Reading

Adopt a Wildlife Area

Adopt a Wildlife Area

By: Mike Alaimo 

The days are growing shorter and nature is in high gear preparing for winter.  It is the time of year that gets my blood racing with thoughts of the next hunt.  Hours of preparation, scouting and practice all come together to create the perfect hunt.  As waterfowlers, there is no better experience on earth than seeing cupped wings pouring into the decoys.  The marsh becomes our second home. Continue Reading

Ice Fishing The Frozen Tundra

Just off the Frozen Tundra

Bay of Green Bay ice offers unique mid-winter opportunities for anglers

By Andy Mack 

It’s time to break out the ice fishing gear and prepare for what should be a great ice fishing season!

While numerous inland lakes are already covered with a few inches of ice, my thoughts turn to ice fishing on the Bay of Green Bay. Part of my pre-season preparation includes deciding on what species to target and when. In recent times, whitefish have been all the rage on the bay. Especially in the northern parts of the bay. But other species like pike, walleye, perch and even smelt are available if you know where to look and when. Continue Reading

Sturgeon Angling Opportunities

Lake Sturgeon Hook and Line Angling Opportunities in Wisconsin

Article authored by multitude of WDNR biologists

By: Ryan Koenigs

            Lake sturgeon are the largest and longest lived fish species in the Great Lakes drainage and were historically abundant throughout their native range of the Great Lakes, Mississippi River and Hudson Bay drainages. However, overharvest, migration barriers, pollution, and habitat destruction have resulted in a significant decline in fish populations throughout their range and extirpation of many populations. Wisconsin is right in the heart of the lake sturgeon’s range and remains home to some of the species most successful management programs (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/lakesturgeonidentification.html). In fact, Wisconsin boasts vibrant recreational hook and line fisheries and a spear fishery for lake sturgeon in many locations, while most populations in other states are protected from harvest to aid recovery programs.     Continue Reading

Target Walleyes

How To Target Walleyes When The Bugs Are Hatching

For most of us, time on the water fishing for walleyes is limited, so we go fishing whenever we can. If you find yourself on a body of water in late May to mid-June that appears to have simply shut down, the bugs may be ready to hatch. Walleyes start feeding on bugs before and during the hatch. The walleyes use their noses to dig into the mud releasing millions of larvae. This is known as “rutting.” As the larvae start to rise in the water, the fish gorge themselves on this very simple meal. A lot of fish we catch this time of year actually have the skin worn right off their upper lips, and you can see the bugs inside of their mouths. Continue Reading