Area Report

Eagle River

Silent sport enthusiasts should be careful as current conditions are unstable due to recent mixed weather. For complete trail system information, visit http://eagleriver.org/play/silent-sports/.
Bluegills: These fish are being found in the weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic.
Perch: You can find these on deep weed edges and muddy bottoms feeding on minnows and bugs. Be sure to match the bait to the area you’re fishing for success.
Crappies: We are finding a few up in the shallow weeds, but the majority are still in the deeper water.

SOURCE: Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford from Colin Crawford’s Guide Service.

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West-Central Wisconsin

West-Central Wisconsin

VERNON COUNTY - Bluebirds continue their return to the area, so if you have not already cleaned out your bluebird houses, it is important that you do so quickly.
Bluebird houses should be placed 5-6 feet above the ground in pairs (25 feet apart). Pairs should be placed 100-200 yards apart. Entrance holes should face northeast, east, or southeast to prevent sunlight from entering the hole and overheating the box. Boxes should be monitored weekly and undesirable materials such as house sparrow or starling nesting materials or wasp nests should be removed.
One should also remove the remains of a successful hatch once the birds have fledged, as bluebirds will initiate a second nest if the first is successful.
The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin has an informative website at http://ww.braw.org…

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Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis

Jerry DavisFROM SOUTHERN WISCONSIN - Now that spring has arrived via our calendars, a myriad of celebrations can be counted upon to confirm this season.
The village of Spring Green, in Richland County, was named for this season. The first female settler in the area, Mrs. Turner Williams, in 1843, boarded early surveyors at her house and requested they name the site Spring Green because nearby hollows, facing south, greened up earlier than the surrounding areas, as reported in Robert Gard’s book, “The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names.”
Other south-facing slopes are doing the same now, as are bubbling springs facing any direction and feeding evergreen watercress, which attracts deer and people for a spring tonic.
A nesting bird is another celebration. Already bald eagles, great-horned owls,…

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Out and About with Bob

Bob LambSpring certainly sprung on Monday with the temperature reaching 65 degrees. Now comes the rain, then buds and blooms.
Hopefully, March will leave like a lamb and not like a lion as it entered on March 1.
I went fishing once this past week. I tried casting for northern pike off "Ol Tom's boathouse off French Island last weekend. Sorry to say, no strikes.
Now, I'm thinking about fishing for perch. We're nearing their spawning season and the bite should begin in earnest.
Meanwhile, Greg Timm and his son, Matt, decided to go hog huntin' on a game farm near Union Center. They each shot a hog tipping the scale at almost 300 pounds. Needless to say, they' have plenty of pork chops, bacon and pork sausage for quite awhile.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors. 

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Schafer's River Rentals

SCHAFER'S RIVER RENTALS ON BRICE PRAIRIE
Chad Knapmiller

With the water finally warming, the perch bite seems to be picking up. Guys are catching some nice ones the last few days in the usual early bite spots as well as at Dresbach Dam.  
We really have some nice-sized perch in the area, so it is worth the time to go and try for some jumbos!
The water clarity on Lake Onalaska is improving and we should have some good fishing soon!

Chad

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Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited
WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED IN LA CROSSE

Spring migrating birds to our area noticed by our customers and Wild Bird Family are red-winged blackbirds, grackles, white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, house finches (NOT purple finches, they go up north at this time of year) and gold finches, which are turning more golden/yellow every day.
Juncos, commonly called snowbirds, are still in the area. I expect them to leave within the next week or so. Other early arrivals to look for are chipping sparrows, bluebirds and purple martins to name a few.
Spring is a once-a-year opportunity to see colorful, interesting birds up close. Some birds are migrating north after spending much of fall and winter in warmer climates. Others never left the area, choosing to tolerate the same weather that La Crosse…

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Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Birds

FROM WISCONSIN DNR

After an early start, the migration timeline has returned to a more average schedule of late.
Recent arrivals to the southern part of the state include tree swallows, eastern phoebes, chipping sparrows, a few American white pelicans and common loon. Song sparrows, meadowlarks, bluebirds and other short-distance migrants also are being seen.
Waterfowl continue to steal the show there. However, as most marshes and shallow lakes are hosting a wide variety of dabbling and diving ducks. Tundra swans made a big push this week as well, especially in eastern Wisconsin, while greater white-fronted, snow, and Ross's geese remain in good numbers.
Open water is harder to find in northern tier counties, though where present trumpeter swans, goldeneyes, hooded mergansers, pintail,…

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Around the Badger State

Around the Badger State

FROM WISCONSIN DNR

Wisconsin is now mostly snow free, though some areas of the far north received a dusting to a couple of inches earlier this week. Lakes are open throughout southern Wisconsin and are opening in the central part of the state. Northwoods lakes still have ice cover, but conditions are deteriorating quickly and the ice is extremely soft.
Despite somewhat still damp conditions, 36 wildfires were reported in the last week, half of which were caused by debris burning. Fire danger ranged from Low to High across the state. Burning permits were suspended a few days in areas where the fire danger was High. Rain is forecast through the weekend, which will lower fire danger temporarily, but as things dry out, fire danger will increase.
Most trails are now open only to hiking; most…

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Island Outdoors on French Island

ISLAND OUTDOORS ON FRENCH ISLAND

Billy Isbell

It's Billy from Island Outdoors.
The water has been receding this past week. It is 6.5 feet.
Perch have been making appearances in sporadic fashion. There are reports of limits one day and barely a fish the next. Gotta love spring sporadic weather.
Perch numbers are higher using night crawlers. Rosies are catching fewer, but with the fish being caught being bigger.  
Walleyes are coming in larger numbers with larger ones being few and far between.  Northern pike are coming up in the shallows lately. The bait of choice is large suckers.  
I haven't heard much about crappies and bluegills lately, So, that is all I have this week.

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