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  1.  Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Len Harris to teach kids to 'read water' for trout

    Anyone can cast a fly or a spinner in a hole or waterway. If you don't know where to throw your panther martin or wooly bugger you may be wasting 85 percent of your time while on the water.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
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    Hayward fishing report for June 22, 2014

    The walleye and smallmouth fishing on our inland lakes continues to be nothing short of fantastic.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
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    Live chat: Experts to answer questions on shoreline projects

    Piers, ponds and shoreline riprap are some of the most common enhancements people want to make to their shoreline or shallow water areas.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
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    Duffy Kopf with a Wisconsin River muskie. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg offers tips for muskie fishing on the Wisconsin River

    I happen to live on the Lower Wisconsin River, about five miles downriver from the Prairie du Sac Dam, which is the last dam on the river before the confluence with the Mississippi River some 85 miles downriver.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    DNR: More anglers drain water to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species

    This summer, thousands of Wisconsin anglers will leave the boat landing with a free ice pack to go with their daily catch.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  3. Coordinated tree drops help add habitat for all of the fish species that inhabit the lake. Trees on the edge of the lake are hinge cut so that they fall into the water. Since the timber is still secured to the shoreline, it will not become a navigational hazard for boaters. Submitted photo

    Club improves habitat at Harpt Lake

    Walleyes have been regularly stocked in Harpt Lake for decades.

    • Jun. 21, 2014
  4. Madison attorney Jim Olson prepares to go row-trolling for muskies on Crab Lake in northern Vilas County near Presque Isle. Patrick Durkin photo

    Patrick Durkin column: Mysterious fish has Olson family hooked

    The one sure highlight of fishing in the Bob Ellis Classic row-trolling tournament each summer is hanging out at Jim Olson's cabin on Crab Lake when not chasing muskies.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  5. Sam Rae of Sobieski caught and released two large muskies in the Fox River while casting earlier this month, including this 49-incher. She was fishing with friend and guide Ryan Grant. Contributed photo

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    A 10-inch yellow perch or a 10-pound chinook salmon? Either is possible in Green Bay these days, and while Lake Michigan is producing better salmon action, a few bay trollers are finally tying into some kings off Marinette and northern Door County.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  6. John Taylor, a DNR fish technician, releases a Great Lakes muskie after collecting its eggs during a recent spring spawn. Wisconsin DNR

    Pat Durkin column: Muskies still aren't thriving

    Green Bay's famous muskies received more than double the fishing pressure in 2013 than they did in 2012, jumping from a minimum of 22,595 hours to 52,266 hours of effort as success rates increased at similar rates.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  7. Young people show off their catches at a previous Take a Kid Fishing event. Submitted

    Kids fish salmon for free

    Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan is a one-of-a-kind experience, and children have the opportunity to do it for free June 28 at the 10th annual Take a Kid Fishing program.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Larry Zins with a stringer full of walleyes. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg previews fishing tournament dedicated to someone special

    My partner, Tony Puccio, and I have aired our radio show, Outdoor Horizons, for going on 15 years and for years we could always depend on getting a phone call from the late Larry Zins after our Saturday morning show.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    Alan Nighbor holds Shannon Nighbor's trout during a fishing event held on May 31 at Wilderness Springs Trout Farm in New London. Contributed photo

    Group assists disabled anglers pursue trout

    On Saturday, May 31 more than 30 disabled anglers and assistants gathered at Wilderness Springs to fish for big rainbow trout. The group fished in two nice-sized ponds both with shaded areas beneath trees in which they could see deep into the water.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  8. DNR outdoor report: Water levels on the rise again

    Heavy rains resulting from strong storms, including several confirmed tornadoes in southern Wisconsin, put a damper on outdoor recreation in the last week and once again have waters on the rise.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  9. Hordes of mosquitoes and other biting pests are driving deer out of woodlands at all hours of the day. This bachelor group of young bucks was seen near Lincoln last weekend. Kevin Naze/For the Kewaunee County Star-News

    Kevin Naze column: Whitetails abundant in farm county

    Whether it's the swarms of mosquitoes and biting flies chasing them from cover or the need to pack on calories after a brutal winter and cold start to spring, there appears to be no shortage of whitetails this year.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  10.  Submitted by Jeff Evans

    Hayward fishing report for June 19, 2014

    Man, this has been one heck of a week!

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  11.  Submitted by Anthony Larson

    Blogger offers greetings from the heart of the Driftless Region

    It seems that ever since the movie 'The Heart of the Driftless,' a video about fly fishing, came out a flurry of writers, photographers and bloggers came out of the wood work to claim the heart of the Driftless as their own.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  12. Lakeside Park. Patrick Flood/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    'Weigh-in on Winnebago' boat pass project launches

    Boaters on Lake Winnebago will have an easier time navigating the launch system this summer, thanks to a three-county pass pilot project.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  13. Max Paquet, 11, of De Pere, participates in last year's 'Fishing at Large' program on the Fox River at the CityDeck in downtown Green Bay. File photo

    Learn about fishing at CityDeck

    Families are welcome to come to the City Deck and learn about fishing rules, how to identify fish and try their luck fishing through the 'Fishing At Large' program offered 5-7 p.m. Friday at City Deck near Hagemeister Park.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Hayward's Musky Festival returns for 65th year

    Terrell Boettcher of HaywardWI.com reports on the annual Musky Festival which runs from Thursday to Sunday and offers live music, shopping and fishing seminars and tournaments.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    Phil Schweik shares his weekly outdoor report

    It has been another great week of fishing on the lakes and rivers in central Wisconsin. In addition where many lakes up north have restrictions on walleye bag limits, we are still seeing a five fish daily limit on the Wisconsin River and its impoundments.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  14. Catch up on episodes of Gary Engberg's Outdoor Horizons shows

    Blogger Gary Engberg hosts a radio show each weekend. Recent shows include interviews with Troy Lindner, Larry Wipperfurth, Lee Tauchen and Dale Stroschein.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
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    The team of Dan Hofmann and Kris Hanes finished in third place with five fish weighing 12.40 pounds at the Central Wisconsin River Series event in Stevens Point in June 2014. Submitted photo

    Central Wisconsin River Series kicks off on Stevens Point Flowage

    The Central Wisconsin River Series presented by Minn kota and Humminbird held an event on the Stevens Point Flowage on the first weekend of June. This tournament was the first of three qualifying tournaments for the Series.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
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    Scott Schuelke with a 20.5 inch largemouth bass caught from a small lake in the Park Falls area during the weekly Tuesday night bass league event. Submitted by Skip Sommerfeldt

    Fishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for June 18, 2014

    Fishing success has been steady in the last week with some nice catches of walleye, bass and panfish being reported.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
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    John Carlson with a nice smallmouth that ate a Rizzo Wizz while he was muskie fishing. Submitted by John Carlson

    Phillips area fishing report for June 18, 2014

    There has been a bit of a mayfly hatch going on which is screwing up fishing a little. The bigger gills and walleye have been a little tight lipped but with a little work they can be caught.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
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    Hayward lakes fishing report for June 18, 2014

    We have a somewhat warm week ahead, with highs pushing 80 degrees, lows in the 50s-60s, and chances (less than 50 percent) for thunderstorms every day.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  15. Read fishing reports from around Wisconsin

    Need help landing that big catch? Read ice fishing reports from around Wisconsin.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  16. Katie Vogt of Bellevue and her father, Dave Cobb of De Pere, caught their first legal muskies on different lakes on back-to-back nights in Vilas County last weekend. Katie's natural muskie, pictured here, was 42 inches; Dave's was a 40-inch tiger muskie. Both were released. For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Big-lake anglers eager for chinook salmon to show up were excited to see pictures of trophy 20-pound-plus specimens and numbers of 5- to 15-pound 'kings' posted on social media sites this week.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  17. Fishing Fantasy Parade set for July 19

    A parade of fish-themed floats will stroll down Zlatnik Drive to Walsh Field at 1:30 p.m. on July 19.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    DNR: Mississippi River habitat project wraps up

    Work is expected to begin again this week on a massive project near here to recreate habitat in the Upper Mississippi River to benefit fish and wildlife.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Live chat: Experts answer questions about fishing on Lake Michigan

    Fishing on Lake Michigan is heating up, with anglers landing nice-sized salmon and trout. But you can find more than just those by fishing Green Bay and other areas where walleye, smallmouth bass and other species are setting up in their summer patterns.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  18. Video round-up: A big cat is spotted in Janesville, paddling in Eagle River, fishing on Lake Pokegama

    Fox6Now.com reports on a Janesville woman that spotted what she believes to be a cougar near her home.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Eagle River fishing report for June 16, 2014

    Northern, smallmouth bass, and panfish providing a good to excellent bite, with walleye good and musky fair to good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Central Wisconsin fishing report for June 16, 2014

    All species hitting, as fishing in the central Wisconsin area picks up strongly across the board; in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Hayward fishing report for June 12 and June 15, 2014

    What a Father's Day weekend it's been!

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  20. This whitetail doe was in the midst of shedding its insulating winter coat in Whitefish Dunes State Park recently. Most does have had their fawns in recent weeks. They'll be more visible in the coming weeks as they frequent farm country fields. Kevin Naze/Door County Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Jeanquarts win first Door 'AYA' tourney

    Chris, Sydney and Grant Jeanquart won the first Angler Young Angler tournament held in Door County last weekend.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  21. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary curator of animals Lori Bankson is helping to rehabilitate this mother finch that was injured when it's nest along with three babies were knocked out of a tree. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Kevin Naze column: Wild times here again for Bay Beach staff

    Every spring, thousands of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are cared for at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, which houses the state's second-largest wildlife rehabilitation program.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
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    Anglers competed in the Wisconsin River Series event held on Lake Mohawksin in Tomahawk on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Contributed photo

    Central Wisconsin River Series announces angler-driven expansion

    The Central Wisconsin River Series presented by Minn Kota and Humminbird announces new dates and expansion of its schedule for the 2015 season.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
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    DNR outdoor report: Most rivers finally receding from high spring levels

    With the exception of some rain statewide last Saturday, Wisconsin has been enjoying some very nice summer weather.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  22. Jim Bianco from Delaware with a nice musky caught in June 2014. Submitted by Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Ser

    Phil Schweik shares his weekly outdoor report

    Anglers are finding outstanding fishing right now in central Wisconsin for all species.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  23.  Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Len Harris's career choices shaped by love of the outdoors

    As a kid I remember my mother telling me, "When you grow up you need to pick a profession that you love." She preached it through my young adulthood and, in the end, I was basically forced into entering the Refrigeration and Heating Servicing Technical School to work with my uncle the plumber.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  24. Mark Dahlquist the owner of the Driftless Trout Anglers Forum was throwing a white power grub on a half ounce jig and caught a 30 inch pike and his personal best walleye. Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Len Harris recaps Trapfest

    Recently there was a large gathering at the Westby Road And Gun Park in southwestern Wisconsin. The gathering was initially organized by Bryan 'Trapper' Voldahl. It was going to be a small gathering of trout anglers from all over the Driftless Area in Trapper's yard in Avalanche.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  25. Employees from Bayshipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay rescued a large, live sturgeon from the graving dock Wednesday. Photo submitted by Tom Carow

    Sturgeon rescued at Bay Shipbuilding

    On Wednesday, after docking the tug Mary Page, Bay Shipbuilding Co. crews noticed the usual Sturgeon Bay fish population had entered the small graving dock — small mouth, brown trout, walleye, perch and carp were abundant, and then came the call,

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
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    Rhonda Schweik with a nice largemouth bass. Photo by Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Service

    Blogger Phil Schweik shares his outdoor report for June 6, 2014

    Musky action is heating up as the water temps rise, and the walleye/panfish bite continues to be very good.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  29. Blogger Mark Schram previews the Mercury National Walleye Tournament

    The Mercury National Walleye Tournament (coinciding with Walleye Weekend) is occurring this weekend in Fond du Lac and participants of the tournament have had varied results in the days leading up to the event trying to find the prized walleyes.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  30. Joel DeBoer column: Channel catfish plentiful as water temperatures rise

    While they typically are not what most anglers think of when deciding which species to pursue in June, in many Wisconsin rivers and flowage,s channel catfish are not only plentiful, but grow to good size. They are rugged fighters that will test both the skill of the angler and the durability of his or her equipment. Throw in the fact that the smaller specimens are absolutely delicious, and you have a quarry worth your attention.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  31. Gary Engberg offers tips for finding crappies and bluegills in southern Wisconsin

    The fishing season was off to a slow start because we had a tough winter and spring was late in warming up the local lakes and the Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin River offered tough fishing for weeks because of the cold and the high water which prevented most anglers from getting out. Then, it took some time before we had warm water and stable weather, which are some of the keys into spring fishing.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
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    Oshkosh native Ron Bruch is the new DNR fisheries chief. Submitted photo

    Mr. Sturgeon: Oshkosh native Ron Bruch takes on role as DNR fisheries chief

    Mr. Sturgeon has become Mr. DNR Fisheries Chief.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
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