Archive for June 2013

Fishing is HOT at Wildcat

I’m up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and staying at the Wildcat Lodge.   Great place to be, actually… at any time of the year.   The Boulder Junction area is a four seasons destination with unlimited fishing, hunting, biking, camping and an assortment of other outdoor activities. The Wildcat Lodge is found on Big and Little... Read more »

Fishing Reports

Fishing Reports
Fishing report from Husker… Hey Don, I hit the DesPlaines over the weekend with a buddy. We launched from the conservation area. Water was too dirty from the recent rains, so we headed up river to the DesPlaines where we found cleaner water. We did well pitching plastics to isolated cover. Best wares was behind... Read more »

Tips on finding the King of the Treetops

Tips on finding the King of the Treetops
A story from friend Don Gasaway… Chasing this ghostly king of the treetops is a small game hunting challenge that requires careful planning.  All too often the quarry is underestimated.  In southern Illinois there is an abundance of squirrels and public land upon which to hunt them. A wise hunter will utilize information regarding the... Read more »
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Fireworks for the 4th at Shabbona Lake

Fireworks for the 4th at Shabbona Lake
What a way to enjoy fireworks!!!  Enjoy the spectacular sight of bomb blasting fireworks reflecting off of the glistening waters of Shabbona Lake to the “ooooh’s and aaaah’s” of the crowd.  The reverberating sounds caused by exploding fireworks echoing off of the surrounding woods, will send chills up your spine!!! On Thursday, July 4th, join... Read more »

Learn your vacation lake... attend a seminar

Learn your vacation lake... attend a seminar
Many areas in the Northwoods of Wisconsin are destinations for family fishing vacations.   I’ve often preached that when spending a week away from home fishing waters that you may visit only once a year you should hire a guide on the first weekend.  With a guide you can learn the lake you’re staying on, how... Read more »

Northwoods fishing report from Husker

A great report came in from Ken “Husker” O’Malley.  I think it’s fantastic that he gets out with his kids.  An Northwoods fishing vacation will build memories for these kids that will stay with them for a lifetime.  Husker fished the Hayward area of northwestern Wisconsin. Hey Don,  It’s that time of the year again.... Read more »
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Illinois Deer Survey Now Online!

Illinois has an awesome deer herd, with fairly liberal quotas.
Deer hunters are always talking about how many deer they see during the hunting season, or the lack of deer. Well, Illinois Deer Hunters, now is your chance to voice your opinion on the Illinois deer herd. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been conducting a study that will help them manage the deer... Read more »

Another good day in the Northwoods

Another good day in the Northwoods
Yes it was…. another great day in the Northwoods. Started out with breakfast in downtown Mercer at Tom’s Country Cafe.   Eggs, sausage, hash browns, and toast along with a good cup of coffee… what can be better?   I had breakfast with Tina Brunell of the Mercer Chamber and Jerry and Chris Hartigan of the Flambeau... Read more »

Pizza, steaks and smallmouth bass

Pizza, steaks and smallmouth bass
My visit to Mercer Wisconsin is just getting better and better with every passing moment. Yesterday I fished with guide Bobby Orr.  We got a few decent northern pike and Bobby nailed a 40 inch muskie.  We got a nice segment for my Illinois Outdoors TV Show. Throwing muskie baits makes one hungry though and... Read more »
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Time in the Northwoods

Time in the Northwoods
This week I’m getting to spend some time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Yesterday I arrived in Mercer Wisconsin and am staying at Yago’s Retreat on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  I’ll be taping some TV shows for the Mercer Chamber while I’m here. When spending a week in the Northwoods fishing, being able to stay... Read more »