Public Land Deer Hunting 

Public Land Deer Hunting 

By: Jordan Marsh 

It’s no secret that Wisconsin is a top tier and destination deer hunting state. Hunters from across the country venture to Wisconsin every fall to chase the elusive whitetails that fill the landscape. The Badger State has had plenty of Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young deer taken being that it’s one of the highest harvesting states of those records every season. The nine-day gun deer season is about as big of a tradition as the holidays.  As the woods turn into blaze orange, businesses literally shut down, and the sight of seeing a hunter’s “trophy” in the back of the truck is just the daily norm. We are fortunate to live in a state with a good population of whitetails, but we are even more fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to access hundreds of thousands of acres of public land.  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

Headed North!

Canada Trip 2019

Another bucket list item was checked off my list earlier this month as I traveled to Stanley’s Resort in the west arm of Eagle Lake located in Ontario, Canada. Let me tell ya, everything you hear about Canada and the fishing, is 100% true! I had an absolute blast spending a full week on the water chasing walleye, northern, smallmouth and lake trout. To give it to you best, I will breakdown day by day my 10 day excursion and experiences along the way. Continue Reading

Summer Muskies

Sundown Summer Muskies

By: Kyle Sorensen

As the opener has come and gone and the temperatures begin to climb, the steady muskie action we have been accustomed to over the last month or so begins to slowly dissipate (for arguments sake).  While casting away at shorelines and structure throughout the day can surely produce, I hold out and save the effort and time for the magic of the evening bite.  If you are a muskie fisherman, you know of the magic I speak of.  The setting sun, the calling of the loons, the feeling of being the only one on the lake; the word “supernatural” doesn’t even do it justice. Continue Reading

Cane Pole Success

Cane Pole Success

By: Kyle Sorensen

We can all look back and remember that time we landed that big fish or that time we were out on the water and something unique transpired. Growing up, I was able to be a part of many fun and exciting fishing moments. One of these memories had recently been flashing into my mind more and more so I decided to relive it the best I could: cane pole fishing with gramps. Even though gramps passed away last year, I know he’s always out fishing with me. Continue Reading

Shore Fishing Walleye

Walleye By Foot

Dave VanVliet 

Conventional wisdom says that casting for walleye from shore is a game only for the fall or spring. However, with a little research and some exploring, big walleye can be caught consistently from shore during the hot summer months under the cover of darkness. During this past summer, I worked as a “camp jack” and as a musky guide. Due to the constraints of my job, I was only able to fish for my own enjoyment and solitude during the evenings. Continue Reading

UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE

UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE BECAUSE A POLE IS EASIER.

Some of the best fishing and hunting locations in Western Wisconsin are on, or along, the rivers like the Red Cedar, the Chippewa or the Buffalo. My preferred watercraft for traveling these waterways is a canoe.  It seems like many of the best spots are just upstream from a landing, but many of these rivers are too shallow or too full of snags to make using a motor practical. A canoe is the answer to getting into remote spots.  Poling is one of several traditional methods for moving a canoe upstream. Lining, sailing, and dragging are other traditional techniques the modern canoeist can use to travel into places boats and canoeists, who only paddle, cannot go. Continue Reading

Wrapping it for Walleye

Wrapping it for Walleye

By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

 

Like clockwork, the phone at The Next Bite office rings with a call from Santa about this time every year looking for gift advice. After the usual pleasantries, Santa got right down to business. He said there was a guy who had been extra good this past year that had just bought a Mercury powered Nitro Z21. Santa wanted to help him rig it. Continue Reading