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  1. The first multiple-fish salmon catch of the season was made at Algoma on Wednesday morning, and anglers from Sheboygan to Baileys Harbor hope warming water heats up the action. Courtesy Kinn's Sport Fishing

    Kevin Naze's outdoors almanac: Lake Michigan slowly warming

    A few chinook salmon and steelhead are being caught from Sheboygan to Sturgeon Bay, but cold water temperatures have delayed the usual June bonanza.

    • Jun. 7, 2014
  2. Kevin Naze column: Take a kid fishing on Father's Day

    For the 29th year, Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay will be the site of a 'Take A Kid Fishing Day' event on Father's Day.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  3. Algoma's lighthouse is getting a $100,000-plus facelift by firms contracted through the U.S. Coast Guard. Workers were shoveling old concrete from the structure when this photo was taken Wednesday. Kevin Naze/For the Kewaunee County Star-News

    Kevin Naze column: Algoma lighthouse renovation is underway

    Algoma's iconic lighthouse is getting a long-awaited facelift.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  4. Kevin Naze's outdoors almanac: Anglers exploring for salmon, trout

    The first reports of salmon success north of Sheboygan have been trickling in this week. It’s been spotty at best so far, with more lake trout than chinooks off most ports. That said, fishing pressure has been light as most Great Lakes trollers await word that the bite is on.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  5. With more than 300 miles of mainland, Peninsula and island shoreline — and hundreds of thousands of acres of water to explore — there's no shortage of spots to wet a line in Door County. These Wausau-area anglers were hoping something fishy was lurking beneath the overhanging rocks at Cave Point County Park Friday afternoon. Photos by Kevin Naze

    Kevin Naze column: Fish aren't only thing that's biting

    If you haven't been for a walk in the Door County forests on a calm morning or evening recently, you're missing a lot.

    • May 30, 2014
  6. Kevin Naze column: It's time for salmon, trout to snap

    Alewives are in the rivers, harbors and nearshore areas of Lake Michigan for their annual spring spawn, a sure sign that things are about to bust loose on the salmon and trout fishing scene.

    • May 29, 2014
  7. Kevin Naze column: Bay's bounty providing 'reel' thrills

    Walleyes aren't coming as easy for some and bass are getting a bit finickier after seeing so many baits the past three weeks, but Door County's Green Bay sport fishery still ranks among the best in Wisconsin right now.

    • May 23, 2014
  8. Kevin Naze's outdoors almanac: Muskie size limit is 54 inches today

    The Green Bay and northern Lake Michigan muskie season opens today with a new 54-inch minimum size limit, up from 50 inches. Anglers should be prepared with proper equipment such as large rubber-mesh nets or boatside cradles and long-nose pliers and wire cutters to aid in landing and releasing fish.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  9. Kevin Naze column: Public, private tags set for K/D Peninsula

    The state Natural Resources Board will be in Green Bay next week for the first of several 'take it on the road' monthly meetings.

    • May 22, 2014
  10. Best friends Scott Ourada of Little Suamico and John Allen of Green Bay were in the spotlight after winning their first Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Saturday. They're shown with a couple of the heavyweight smallmouth bass Door County is famous for. Kevin Naze/For the Door County Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: 'Open' win a long time coming for best friends

    John Allen of Green Bay and Scott Ourada of Little Suamico have won a lot of tournaments in the past 25 years, but none bigger than their come-from-behind win Saturday.

    • May 20, 2014
  11. Steve Ellie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, bags bass from his live well during Friday's weigh-in at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay. The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament continues Saturday with weigh-in beginning at 3 p.m. Tina M. Gohr/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Kevin Naze column: Another 8-pound-plus bass caught in 'Open'

    A father and son team from Northeastern Wisconsin got off to a record-setting start in the 24th annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Friday.

    • May 17, 2014
  12. The first and last hours of daylight are favorites with most salmon anglers. It's hard to top a calm morning and beautiful sunrise. Photo by Kevin Naze

    Kevin Naze column: Algoma gearing up for return of salmon

    Once known as the “Coho Capitol of the Midwest,” Algoma has long since switched gears to targeting chinook salmon and rainbow, lake and brown trout.

    • May 17, 2014
  13. Jason Stangel

    Kevin Naze's outdoors almanac: New bass, walleye records set on bay

    Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been outstanding on Green Bay and its tributaries, providing thrills, meals and — in some cases — cash for anglers.

    • May 16, 2014
  14. Kevin Naze column: Stangel part of record-setting team

    Percentage-wise, few professional bass and walleye anglers make money from their favorite outdoor pastime.

    • May 15, 2014
  15. Kevin Naze column: Trio of bass tournaments set for Sturgeon Bay

    Not every angler is a fan of fishing tournaments, but that doesn't reduce their economic impact to an area.

    • May 9, 2014
  16. Dustin Johanna was one of four youths who harvested a black bear last fall with a tag donated to the Oconto River Kids, a group of volunteers dedicated to granting outdoors adventures to critically ill children and their families. The group is again looking for donated tags for a hunt in September. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Green Bay's world-class bass and walleye fisheries will get another boost this weekend with a pair of national tournaments headquartered at Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay.

    • May 9, 2014
  17. Kevin Naze column: Spring-like weather? It's much cooler by the lake

    With water temperatures still in the low 40s, it’s certainly not time to think swimming in Green Bay or Lake Michigan.

    • May 9, 2014
  18. Sturgeon Bay native John Pollock of Green Bay got just one strike in nearly 10 hours of trolling with his father, Ken, and 5-year-old son, Easton, in the Lily Bay area April 25, opening day of the 26th annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament. Pollock's lone bite was worth waiting for — a 381/2-inch, 24.57-pound brown trout that earned him the first-place prize in the contest. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Whopper trout Door native's only strike

    Ten hours. One fish. But the right fish.

    • May 2, 2014
  19. John Pollock of Green Bay got just one bite in nearly 10hours of trolling Lake Michigan off northern Door County on April 25, but the long boat ride was worth it. He eventually reeled in a 381/2-inch, 24.57-pound brown trout — the grand-prize winner in the 26th annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament. Pollock's father, Ken, and 5-year-old son, Easton, are also shown. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Green Bay walleye and bass anglers need to keep one eye on the rod and another on fishing regulations starting today, when many season changes kick in.

    • May 2, 2014
  20. Kevin Naze column: Opening day? Anglers here fish year-round

    Saturday's opening day of the general hook-and-line inland game fishing season isn't as big of a deal here as it is away from the Great Lakes.

    • May 1, 2014
  21. Kevin Naze column: Huge smallmouths put focus on Door County

    An 8.45-pound smallmouth bass caught in last spring's Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament certainly expanded the county's fame as a fishing hot spot.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  22. Walleyes have wrapped up their spawning run on the Wolf River, and are moving back downstream. DNR crews saw some very large females while conducting spawning assessments in recent weeks, including this 29.2-inch, 10.86-pounder. Photo courtesy WDNR

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    The Bass Angler Sportsmans Society's Bassmaster magazine has named Sturgeon Bay — specifically, the Little Sturgeon Bay to Fish Creek stretch of Green Bay — as the No. 1 bass 'lake' of 2014.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  23. Kevin Naze outdoors column: Algoma, Kewaunee to split chinook stocking

    Wisconsin's revamped chinook salmon stocking formula means Algoma and Kewaunee will equally split the 95,000 or so fish given to the county this year.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  24. Andy Stuth reeled in this 4.6-pound lake whitefish from the Green Bay waters off Door County during the ice fishing season. Two-pounders are far more common. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Whitefish population healthy in bay, lake

    Winter weather and state regulations, not a dropping whitefish population, led to some shortages of the popular species this spring.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. Kevin Naze shares his great outdoors almanac

    Walleyes on Green Bay tributaries and rainbow trout in the Lake Michigan rivers and creeks are attracting large numbers of open water anglers hoping to hook a spawn-minded fish.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  26. Kevin Naze column: Confusion reigns at DNR deer forum

    Many hunters in Wisconsin have been asking for something Michigan has had for decades — a separation of private land and public land antlerless deer tags.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  27. Learn To Hunt wild turkey programs are underway in Door and Kewaunee counties, and this weekend is also the annual Wisconsin youth turkey hunt for those ages 10 to 15 with permits. The first of six periods in the regular spring season begins Wednesday. Chloe Volkman and Bennett Reese participated in a LTH sponsored by the DNR and the Door County Fish, Farm & Game Club. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Deer forum on the agenda at Sturgeon Bay High School

    Monday night's annual DNR spring fish and game hearings and county Conservation Congress meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  28. Five minutes after this bluebird nest box was put in place, a potential tenant stopped by to check it out in Kewaunee County Wednesday. Kevin Naze/Special to Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Whether joining the crowds of anglers on the Fox River below the De Pere Dam or cautiously walking out on the softening ice near shore off southern Door County, the best walleye fishing of the season is here.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  29. Kevin Naze column: Trout are biting in the lake, tributaries

    It's been a long wait, but it's finally open water trout time throughout the county.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  30. Kevin Naze column: Time to keep off the melting ice

    While a few anglers will push the limits of softening ice, it's time for more conservative fishermen to start readying gear for open water.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  31. Kevin Naze column: Spring hearings include county deer forum

    Kewaunee County's annual spring fish and game hearing and Conservation Congress meeting will have a new twist this year — an added deer herd status meeting.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  32. Anglers were able to fish open water last week on the Fox River in De Pere. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    It's been a long wait, but the 10-day forecast is finally showing signs of a consistent warm up — at least away from the ice of Green Bay and the chilly waters of Lake Michigan.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  33. A long, difficult winter for wildlife is over, but they're not completely out of the woods until things begin to green up. Hungry deer and wild turkeys can be seen foraging at all hours of the day in fields, forests and even backyards in some areas. Wildlife biologists expect below-normal fawn recruitment and antler development from the stressful winter. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: How many deer are 'enough' in Door County?

    Deer hunters and others with an interest in whitetails can take part in the first county-specific survey on deer management here.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  34. Kevin Naze column: Even in a slower year, Kewaunee County still No. 1

    Forty-six years ago, when salmon from the West Coast were introduced to the Ahnapee River at Algoma, nobody knew they'd revolutionize the sport fishery.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  35. With the regular upland game bird hunting seasons closed, dog owners like Ted Coon of Appleton often head to game farms and hunt clubs for late-season recreational opportunities. Coon's wirehaired pointing griffon, Buck, enjoyed a winter outing at Rush Lake Hunt Club near Ripon. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Boaters finally are getting into the Fox River at Green Bay and De Pere for a shot at one of the Midwest's most-coveted walleye fisheries, but not all launches were ice-free Friday.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  36. Kevin Naze column: Fish spawning could be delayed this spring

    For the second straight year it looks like spring fish species will be spawning later than usual.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  37. Kevin Naze column: Cold stretch to extend ice fishing season

    If the weather forecasters are right, today is the start of a five-day stretch in which the temperature won't climb above freezing.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  38. What could be the last seriously cold weekend of a long, brutal winter is here, with spring and warmer air set to arrive Thursday. With fat reserves depleted, it's a crucial time for deer, wild turkeys and many other wildlife species. When some die — like this road-killed deer last weekend along Door County S south of Sturgeon Bay — predators and scavengers take advantage. A bald eagle roosted above this whitetail, dropping down for a bite whenever the traffic allowed. Photos by Kevin Naze

    Kevin Naze column: 'Killer' winter finally on way out

    What could be the deadliest winter for wildlife in decades is finally nearing the end, with spring set to arrive Thursday.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  39. While the winter has been a harsh one for many wildlife species, predators like this Kewaunee County coyote — photographed Thursday near Casco — have been feasting on animals weakened or killed by the combination of brutal cold and deep snow. Kevin Naze/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Today's the last day to fish yellow perch before the two-month spring spawning closure kicks in on Green Bay and its tributaries.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  40. Kevin Naze column: Lake Michigan's record-breaking ice cover

    It's still winter in Wisconsin, and that means we'll be teased with gorgeous thaws followed by chilling drops in temperature and gusty winds that test even the best windproof outerwear.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  41. Kevin Naze column: Last two weekends to target yellow perch

    Ice anglers hoping to score some of the finest fillets on the planet have just two more weekends before the two-month yellow perch closure begins.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  42. While winter severity records may be broken across northern Wisconsin this year, whitetails and wild turkeys are struggling in much of farm country, too. This doe — standing close to a lawn ornament 'buck' that was nearly buried in a snow drift — was trying to reach ice-cold apples frozen on branches of a Kewaunee County tree Thursday afternoon. Kevin Naze/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Kevin Naze shares his great outdoors almanac

    'Fish of the Great Lakes,' a 26.5-inch by 38.5-inch color poster from UW-Sea Grant, features 35 popular species and numerous updates from the original version created in 2000.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  43. Kevin Naze column: $5 licenses for new or lapsed anglers, hunters

    New fishing and hunting licenses or 2014-15 are now on sale, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a one-time deal of $5 licenses for first-time or decade-lapsed hunters and anglers.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  44. Ethan Woodgate's 10-1/2-pound walleye was the largest registered in February at Howie's Tackle in Sturgeon Bay. Special to Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Walleye limits change Monday This is the last weekend of the season to try to hook three walleyes of any size and keep them on the Fox River at Green Bay and De Pere.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  45. Ethan Woodgate's 101/2-pound walleye was the heaviest in a tournament headquartered at Little Sturgeon last weekend. It was also the monthly leader at Howie's Tackle, where there photo was taken. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: No end in sight to this year's ice fishing

    The 10-day forecast shows a possible thaw near the tail end, but we've been teased before.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  46. Kevin Naze column: Deer hunt rules for '14 available on DNR site

    A first peek at Wisconsin's deer management regulations for 2014 is available online.

    • Feb. 27, 2014

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