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Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............9:55 a.m..................................................10:25 p.m.

Monday.............10:50 a.m........................................Read more

Deer study aims to improve habitat throughout Wisconsin

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OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Brian Russart and Dianne Robinson walked as easily through the leaf-strewn flat of Barloga Woods, Wis., as they would across a grass lawn.

The reason? The public property, a subset of Falk Park and part of the Milwaukee County Parks System, had lots of big trees but virtually no understory.

Russart, natural areas coordinator...Read more

Program to provide fish to the needy

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Successful anglers are thinkers, always contemplating ways to increase the frequency of a pull at the end of the line.

Sometimes their solutions also reveal other qualities. Like generosity and compassion.

Case in point: A local fishing club has partnered with a food pantry and county officials to spread Lake Michigan's bounty to those in need...Read more

Yellowstone National Park is one big fly zone

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Roger Booth and John Brick once thought they had to get away from the maddening crowds to catch trout in Yellowstone National Park.

No longer. Recently, they stood at the edge of the Lamar River just yards from the entrance road to the park, and caught cutthroats at the same clip as when they traveled far into the ...Read more

Don't lose sleep over bear attacks, but maybe worry about bees and dogs

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SEATTLE -- Somehow, amid a coup in Turkey, a terrorist attack in Nice and the GOP convention in Cleveland, the second most read story on the Seattle Times website recently was a story from Alaska: "How to discourage an attack when you meet a bear in the wild."

It's an interesting topic, no doubt, and the story contains good advice for ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............3:35 a.m..................................................4:00 p.m.

Monday.............4:25 a.m..........................................Read more

Top-water strikes add excitement to bass fishing

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Nearly surrounded by open water, Eric Akred cast his lure dead-center on a plate-sized patch of moss and smiled.

Rather than words of frustration, "perfect" was his only word as he gave his rod a twitch. The plastic frog was barely off the floating vegetation when the surface exploded, sending water three feet into the ...Read more

Anglers can catch, cut and release information in Wisconsin

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It's July, and the predator fish swimming in Lake Michigan have something in common with the humans at Milwaukee's summer festivals: lots of local residents but plenty of visitors, too.

It's a bit of a crapshoot to try to guess the origins of either.

In the case of chinook salmon and lake trout stocked since 2011, there's a reliable way to ...Read more

Minnesota mussels are underwater, of course, but top of mind

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It was a summer morning to be on the water on the St. Croix River, with pleasure boats, anglers and the occasional barge drifting past. But it was a morning to be under the water, too, for a group of people committed to the waterway's lesser-seen inhabitants.

Nearly 30 people were part of an interagency gathering June 29 on a slice of sandy ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............10:20 p.m................................................10:50 a.m.

Monday.............11:15 p.m..........................................Read more

Big plastic snakes a hot summertime bass bait

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The bass fishing in the Everglades isn't easy this time of year, but the rewards can be great for those who have the discipline to cast giant plastic snakes over and over and over again.

That's how Dean Belits and Justin Falzetti won the prestigious King of the Glades Open Team Trail Classic last month, and that's how they'll be catching fish ...Read more

Bluefin tuna creates 8.5-hour fishing adventure

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SAN DIEGO -- The moment the line began to scream and rip off the reel recently, Zach Zorn, Seth DuBois and Joseph Aunders could in no way fathom the adventure in bloom, so many fathoms down.

Understandable, really, when the thing on the other end of the line is the size of Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman. Understandable, too, when ...Read more

Record muskie caught, released on Minnesota lake was nearly 5 feet

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fish of a lifetime slammed Andrew Slette's black, tube-shaped lure at 6:30 a.m., only five casts into a designated muskie outing on Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County.

"He was right on top of structure, 6 or 7 feet deep," said Slette, a 20-year-old member of the Fargo-Moorhead chapter of Muskies Inc. "I'll probably never top ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............5:00 p.m..................................................5:25 a.m.

Monday.............5:45 p.m..........................................Read more

Anglers object to plan for Lake Michigan chinook stocking reductions

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All parties agree on the goal. But the means to get there is receiving serious debate.

And some are even questioning the need to do anything, given the current relatively rosy state of affairs.

At issue: the Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishery.

The Lake Michigan Committee last month recommended a 62 percent reduction in chinook salmon ...Read more

Restoring Boise's burned wildlife area will take time, volunteers

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Nearly 1,000 acres of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area in the Foothills north and east of Boise burned last week in the Table Rock fire -- damaging vegetation that is critical to the winter survival of deer and elk. The fire burned 2,500 acres in all.

The Boise River WMA, which extends east of Table Rock to Lucky Peak Lake and includes ...Read more

A year later, feds still investigating dentist who killed Cecil the lion

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One year after a beloved lion was killed in an African hunt carried out by a Twin Cities marksman, setting off an international firestorm, federal authorities said recently they are still investigating the death of Cecil the lion.

Walter Palmer, of Eden Prairie, Minn., was on a safari on July 1, 2015, in Zimbabwe when he felled with an arrow ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday..............11:10 a.m................................................11:40 p.m.

Monday.............12:05 p.m..........................................Read more

Youth groups recruited to fish with Venture Outdoors anglers

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PITTSBURGH -- The line became taut as it was tugged from below the water. A fish had taken the bait, quite literally.

"Fish on! Fish on!" yelled a woman to no one in particular as she walked down the Allegheny River wharf in the shadow of PNC Park. "That gives y'all hope."

The 8-year-old angler reeled it out of the water, revealing a trout ...Read more

Peak turtle-crossing time brings caution from advocates

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Why have turtles been crossing the road in Wisconsin?

Because it's mating season and female turtles are headed to their dry, upland nesting sites.

The roads that crisscross many of Wisconsin's wetland areas often divide turtle territories and sometimes even provide an attractive nesting site in the roadside sand and gravel. Each year, this ...Read more