SUMMERTIME KINGS

GOING DEEP FOR SUMMERTIME KINGS

By: Capt. Lee Haasch

In my 40 years fishing Lake Michigan I’ve learned that weather plays big part in fishing. Not really a news flash now is it? I’ve also come to accept that there is nothing we can do about the weather, and grumbling really never made a difference in boxing more salmon. Watching trends and weather patterns, well let’s say only makes you ALMOST like a TV weatherman, only it doesn’t pay as well and really doesn’t help in filling the fish cooler either. Continue Reading

Oconto Trophy Trip

Taking part in Wisconsin’s spring walleye run

By Sara Trampe

Contributed: Tyler Trampe

Photo Credit: Jeff Klugiewicz

Wisconsin is well known for the Green Bay Packers, cheese, beer, and tourism. A big part of our tourism is the outdoor industry and anglers that come from all over to enjoy our different lakes and rivers. And it’s one annual event that brings out the anglers early, usually still dressed in ice fishing gear on the open water – the spring walleye run.  Continue Reading

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

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