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  • 4/17/2013 1:10:00 PM
    GREEN BAY -- Another group of lake sturgeon is enjoying their new home this week after Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff transported them from below the Shawano dam on the Wolf River to Keshena Falls on the Menominee Indian Reservation. This wraps up the second year of a 10-year cooperative agreement between the Menominee and the DNR...
  • 4/17/2013 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON – Anglers venturing out for the May 4, 2013, opening day of the inland fishing season will find strong fish populations -- particularly for bass -- and will want to use early season tactics to reel them in, state fisheries officials say. “It’s been a long winter and people are eager to get out fishing and enjoy the excite...
  • 4/17/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Little change since last week’s report – except maybe the odds we won’t see open water for the walleye opener!  Ice thickness remains in the 27-31” range:  Minocqua Lake at 29”, Indian Bay on the Willow at 36”.  Sunday morning temp was 11 degrees, high that day in the upper 30’s.  Actual...
  • 4/16/2013 2:50:00 PM
    By John Luthens In the high reaches of northern Wisconsin, the Penokee Hills angle skyward above the Lake Superior shore like an iron fist.  Deep pine valleys rise through stands of aspen, birch and maple, sliding above onto rounded outlooks that were once great mountains, mellowed now by the centuries into a remote stretch of land. Coursing...
  • 4/12/2013 3:05:00 PM
    With winter still hanging on and ice in a few locations we have been able to not only get out on the ice but are still catching a few fish. The open water bite is picking up and walleyes are on the menu. Turkey season is under way but with a quiet bang. Nick Laska with a very nice walleye Chris Blank with a nice walleye Ice f...
  • 4/12/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Complications from recent neck surgery believed a factor claiming life of famed fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host TAMPA, Fla., -- 4/1/2013 --  Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the “Bass Professor” whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects ...
  • 4/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Warden Kelly Crotty of Florence recently spent a morning with Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and Wildlife Management crews, Florence County Forestry staff and a member of the public to build nine fish cribs for Lake Emily in Florence County. Warden Kelly Crotty, DNR staffers and the public constructed 9 fish cribs for Lake Emily in Fl...
  • 4/10/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Spring just won't break through for us here in northern Wisconsin. There is still plenty of solid ice to fish on, and with a cold wet forecast, I don't see the ice leaving anytime soon. On the positive side, the crappies are really starting to put that late ice feed bag on, and many that are being found are good sized ones. If you’re findi...
  • 4/10/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Ice travel conditions improved after Monday's rain.  Truck and ATV travel are good.  Ice is still thick (27-31"). The rain removed a lot of snow and slush, though knee high rubber boots (as well as cleats) are still a good idea for walking on ice. Crappie:  Good.  Action improved with new weather (clouds, etc.).  Nice catc...
  • 4/10/2013 1:55:00 PM
    April 9, 2013 CONTACT:  Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 Kari Lee-Zimmermann, Conservation Congress Liaison, 608-266-0850 MADISON – A total of 6,069 people attended the 2013 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 8. T...
  • 4/10/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Here's a great way to introduce your children, grandchildren or neighborhood kids to the fun of fishing! Kids 15 years and younger can attend free fishing clinics on Saturday, April 13, at 17 lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha and Sheboygan counties. Clinics will be held every hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the last clinic...
  • 4/10/2013 11:05:00 AM
    MADISON – Anglers and others interested in fishing in the Driftless Area still have time to share their ideas to help guide state acquisition and development of land and public access along Wisconsin’s trout and bass streams. An online survey is available through April 29 for interested anglers and others to complete, says Paul Cunning...
  • 4/10/2013 10:45:00 AM
    MADISON – Nearly 330,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in dozens of inland trout waters across Wisconsin before the May 4 inland fishing season opener. A list of waters receiving fish and how many were planned for stocking is now available online. Go to the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword &ldq...
  • 4/10/2013 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON - Today, in the State of the Tribes Address delivered to the Wisconsin State Legislature, specific reference was given to the Department of Natural Resources in connection to the recent tribal spearfishing declarations for walleye in northern Wisconsin and the statement the DNR previously issued in response to the declarations. In addition...
  • 4/9/2013 12:05:00 PM
    By: Steve Suman Officially, March 20 marked the first day of spring, but as a friend recently opined, it should probably be April 20 in the north woods. It is difficult to argue against his point when this week’s forecast includes snow and low temperatures in the teens. Still – far nicer than what people in the western states expect mi...
  • 4/8/2013 5:15:00 PM
    April 5, 2013 CONTACT:  Carroll Schaal (608) 261-6423; Kathleen Hanson (608) 266-9426 MADISON - More than 100 counties, lake associations and other organizations across Wisconsin have been awarded more than $2.8 million in state grants to help protect lakes and rivers from the threats of invasive species and runoff pollution. “We were...
  • 4/8/2013 3:45:00 PM
    Dick Ellis and Scott Heitman met many anglers from Wisconsin and the Midwest fishing the shores of Perdido Key near the Alabama-Florida border, including the Jon VanderBerg family of Michigan.  Jon is interested in Wisconsin fishing and shared the results of a recent trip for Michigan’s naturally producing steelhead with On Wisconsin Out...
  • 4/8/2013 3:40:00 PM
    By John Luthens The Bois Brule River in the far reaches of northwestern Wisconsin, in the early months of spring, is naturally engineered to separate the casual fisherman from the fanatic. It’s true that the Brule steelhead trout come back up from the lake in spring to spawn.  They are some of the mightiest fish that an angler could ev...
  • 4/8/2013 3:10:00 PM
    By: Trish Ossmann, DNR social media specialist APPLETON, Wis. -- Gently flowing and quietly winding through several parts of our state are true gems, often passed by without a second glance, cutting their way through wooded hills and valleys. They are high quality, cold-water trout streams and they are nothing short of a treasure. Shawn Sulliva...
  • 4/8/2013 10:55:00 AM
    We want to hear your opinion about proposed changes to fish size limits, bag limits, seasons, and other fishing regulations. The Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings held in every county on Monday, April 8, offer a chance to vote on these fisheries and wildlife-related issues. The meetings all start at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there! Details on ...
  • 4/5/2013 5:15:00 PM
    April 1, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Happy New License Year; Check your license for correct address April 1 marks the start of the new license year for all Department of Natural Resources fishing and hunting licenses. That means the license you purchased in 2012 has now expired and if you plan to fish and hunt again this y...
  • 4/5/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Though the calendar says April, don’t put your ice fishing gear away yet!  Looks like there will be plenty of ice fishing for panfish here in the Northwoods for weeks to come.  With night time temps in the teens and twenty’s and daytime temps in the low 30’s to 40’s, we won’t be losing any ice for a while. F...
  • 4/5/2013 4:50:00 PM
    By Jerry Kiesow Editor’s note: To keep track of what he is doing and where, to see his photos and read some of his other writings, including his book, “Tales of The Peshtigo Putzer,” check out his website:  www.jerrykiesowoc.com. Variety, there is always something to do Due to some ongoing domestic projects, I (we) don&r...
  • 4/5/2013 4:25:00 PM
    By: David Hraychuck At this time last year, boats were being readied, reels being spooled and open water panfish fishing was under way. This year, a check of Polk and Burnett County lakes shows an average of 18” of ice! Lots of lakes have not “cracked” yet, so the water is still on top of the ice and the panfish are pretty lethar...
  • 4/5/2013 4:10:00 PM
    By Mike Yurk Editor’s Note: Mikes Yurk’s column is sponsored by Warner’s Dock in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Warner’s Dock is the premier marine dealer in northwestern Wisconsin. They have a complete inventory of new and used boats, motors, and trailers as well as other marine supplies plus a complete maintenance staff for all...