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3/8/2019
With Spring Turkey season just around the corner, Henry USA sent us a video now posted on our homepage that I know you’ll get a kick out of. The point is though, young hunters and smaller hunters won’t get a kick out of it at all. The wait for a gobbler can be too long to question whether or not you’re packing the right turkey load when he does show up (Dick Ellis Photo) Henry wanted to test the viability of their beautiful ...
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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    This past has been another one of many changes. We are starting to see a few guys hit the open water below area dams as well as a few brave souls still venturing out on the ice for some late ice fishing. The guys that are fishing the water below the dams are fishing from shore as well as getting out in some small boats and they are picking up so...
  • 3/23/2019 3:10:00 PM
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    March 18, 2019 Steve Suman   According to the current forecast, once we move past Tuesday night and Wednesday skies clear and temperatures turn mild (for awhile), with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. It was a big change in a short period! The down side is dealing with wet and sloppy conditions – but not too much to ask for warmer...
  • 3/23/2019 2:55:00 PM
    Well things are turning around a little bit and we are finding a few locations to get on the ice.  With the recent warmer weather we have been seeing some of the ice is becoming accessible but it is sloppy. We also found some okay conditions further south in the state and we were able to get on some very good perch fishing.  Again acces...
  • 3/18/2019 7:20:00 AM
    A new catfish rule establishes regulations for taking catfish by hand or with a bow and arrow or crossbow.  Legislation passed in 2017 allowed catfish to be taken with these methods for the first time, but this rule will set seasons, gear restrictions, length limits and bag limits to maintain sustainable harvest levels with these new methods.&...
  • 3/18/2019 7:20:00 AM
    A new aquaculture rule that contains policies on the role of genetics in the department’s fish stocking strategies and the department’s procedures for accepting donations of fish or fish eggs for stocking into public waters is ready for comment.     A public hearing for the aquaculture rule will be held: March 18 a...
  • 3/18/2019 7:15:00 AM
    Published - March 12, 2019 by the Central Office     DNR assists Town of La Pointe after fire destroys Madeline Island's only firehouse Rare plant known only in Wisconsin gets a boost from UW-Whitewater students Black bear management plan open for public comment beginning March 25 DNR reports 1.9 trillion gallons of wat...
  • 3/12/2019 9:15:00 AM
    March 11, 2019 Steve Suman   Temperatures should show some improvement this week, though the current forecast calls for rain, fog, and some snow, and no sunshine until the weekend. Let’s hope the “big storm” developing to the west tracks to the north of the North Woods!   “Anglers will not soon forget this ice...
  • 3/12/2019 9:15:00 AM
  • 3/12/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Well a few local anglers have been trying to get out on the area lakes but it has been tough sledding.  Between the knee deep snow and slush it is almost more work than it is worth to get to many area ice fishing locations. But… The few adventurous guys that are getting out are having good success on both inland lakes and some backwater...
  • 3/12/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will host three public meetings in March regarding Winnebago System walleye management. DNR staff will share monitoring results from annual surveys, including the 2018 spring spawning stock and Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessments. In addition, updates will be provided regarding the walleye rew...
  • 3/8/2019 12:40:00 PM
  • 3/7/2019 9:15:00 AM
    The 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System wrapped up on February 24 and our Oshkosh fisheries crew has been working since then to get the harvest data entered and registration stations cleaned up.  I have attached a few preliminary summary reports from the 2019 spearing season including: 1) successful s...
  • 3/7/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Here we go again…. More snow and more cold, when is it going to end?  This past week has been another one for the books with record snowfalls and low temperatures and from the looks of it that trend is going to continue into March.  The lakes of central and north central Wisconsin are covered with several feet of snow and under tha...
  • 3/7/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Gamefish seasons almost always seem to close rather quietly around here.  Late ice anglers tend to gear up for panfish.  But this may have been one of the quietest in a long time. The two feet plus of snow combined with the two feet of ice that is sandwiching, in some places, 8-10” of slush and water is making a work out of our spo...
  • 3/7/2019 9:10:00 AM
    March 4, 2019 Steve Suman   Temperatures rise slightly this week and the forecast currently shows no chances for snow. Perhaps the only “down side” for the week is at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 10, at which time we lose an hour of sleep when changing to Daylight Saving Time.   “Gamefish season closed this past S...
  • 3/7/2019 9:05:00 AM
    February 28, 2019 Anglers All, located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year-round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Carolyn from ...
  • 3/3/2019 9:20:00 AM
    World’s Greatest Pier award-winner answers consumer needs Dick Ellis Like anyone who owns or maintains a pier, Carl Surges faced problems when putting in and taking out his parents’ pier in St. Germain twice each year. Damaged framing and deteriorating decking, rusted hardware from outdoor storage, and the time-consuming transportatio...
  • 3/3/2019 9:10:00 AM
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  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    There were quite a few spearers that capitalized on the bluebird, sunny day today and harvested a sturgeon from Lake Winnebago.  In fact, today’s harvest of 39 fish was the higest of any weekday this season.  Stockbridge Harbor and Waverly Beach were the busiest stations by far, registering 17 and 13 fish respecively.  The...
  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    Only 1 more day remains in the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System.  There were 34 fish registered today with Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor combining to register 23 of those fish.  There have been 456 sturgeon harvested through the first 15 days of the season on Lake Winnebago and 763 sturgeon harvested from the s...
  • 2/19/2019 8:30:00 AM
    Day 6 of the 2019 sturgeon spearing season ended identical to day 5.  Both days included harvest of 14 fish from Lake Winnebago and 12 fish from the Upriver Lakes.  Further, both days included 2 adult females harvested from the Upriver Lakes and 0 fish on the system that were 100+ pounds.  With today’s harvest, we are now 19 ad...
  • 2/19/2019 8:30:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Today marks the ½ way point for the sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago and we are another day closer to closure of the fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The increased effort today, along with some sunlight to increase visibility, resulted in an uptick in harvest.  In total, there w...
  • 2/14/2019 7:30:00 AM
    As expected, harvest numbers increased on the Winnebago System today.  There were 26 sturgeon harvested during day 5 of the 2019 sturgeon spearing season including 14 fish from Lake Winnebago and 12 from the Upriver Lakes.  Of the 12 fish harvested from the Upriver Lakes, 2 were adult females meaning that we are currently 21 adult females...