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  • 2/25/2013 2:35:00 PM
    The 2013 sturgeon spearing season is really starting to wind down, only 3 more days left for spearers to pursue that fish of a lifetime!  That is until next February when it all starts over again, but that is a long ways off.   Harvest picked up slightly today, with a total of 14 fish (2 juvenile females, 6 adult females, and 6 mal...
  • 2/25/2013 11:20:00 AM
    The recently completed NAFA auction in Toronto Feb 21-23 saw some dramatic price increases in wild fur pelts. This reflects a combination of reduced animal populations due to the summer drought, cold winter weather and promotion of fur garments in China. Some articles like raccoon, muskrat and red foxes almost doubled in price. Even less desirable ...
  • 2/25/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Mitch Filipiak with a nice catfish Dan with a nice crappie Another nice cat. Joel, Mark and Joe with some nice slabs Another happy group with some nice crappies   Ryan with a couple of nice slab crappies  Dan with a nice cat  Chris with some nice slabs Fishing in...
  • 2/21/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Jim Olsson here, back at it again with my buddies Randy, Craig and Dan pursuing Brown trout in the Milwaukee Harbor.  Our latest trip took place on Sunday February 17th.  It was mixed clouds and sun with just a little more wind than you want while fishing from a boat in February. We arrived at 1:00pm and found that the ri...
  • 2/21/2013 8:30:00 AM
    **Please always use caution when going on frozen lakes.  View the Wisconsin DNR Ice Fishing tips here. 2/20/13 Reported by Long Lake Bait & Tackle: Fishing has slowed a bit from the nice pace that we had a week ago.  Still catching some nice Walleye after dusk on Large Shiners & Suckers in about 5'-15' off the weed beds.  L...
  • 2/20/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Even with the snow and winds today, spearers were still able to get out on Lake Winnebago and harvest some fish.  There were 12 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today, 8 of which were registered at Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh.  Action in this area of the lake has really picked up over the last few days, and spearers are having success....
  • 2/20/2013 11:45:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice With the exception of Saturday’s high pressure shut down, things have been picking up this past week out on the ice.   Gamefish are lagging from our long early ice season, but even with these fish, a pickup of action has occurred. Perch:  Good.  Some of the best reports surprisingly are...
  • 2/20/2013 9:35:00 AM
    OP-ED by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight on our plans for the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion about our intentions for the MacKenzie center in the days since we made our historic and exciting announcement about our plans for the futu...
  • 2/18/2013 4:35:00 PM
    By John Luthens Mud Lake doesn’t sound like much when you look at it strictly on a first name basis.  Even reading its statistics doesn’t invoke much more than a yawn: 165 acres with a maximum depth of around four feet.  In the winter the dissolved oxygen content falls so low that the only fish to survive are mud minnows that...
  • 2/18/2013 3:40:00 PM
    With reports of improving water clarity and nice weather today, we saw an increase in spearing effort on day 7 of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery.  The increase in effort led to a harvest of 25 fish from Lake Winnebago, including 4 fish that topped the scales at 100 pounds or more.  The largest fish of the day was an 80.3” 139.8 pou...
  • 2/18/2013 2:35:00 PM
    The 2nd weekend of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season is officially in the books, and spearers were more successful in the last two days than on opening weekend, even with the reduced effort.  Spear fishermen and fisherwomen harvested 39 fish today lake-wide, which ties the mark set on opening day.  That brings the total this weekend to 76...
  • 2/18/2013 2:15:00 PM
    The second Saturday of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day.  Water clarity conditions did improve over the last week and we saw a resurgence of sturgeon spearers take to the ice today, but the total harvest was still relatively low (37 sturgeon taken today).  The largest fish today (73.7” and 112.5 pounds) was ...
  • 2/18/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Input to help guide statewide panfish management plan Anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at more than two dozen meetings across the state in February and March. “We want to hear from the public on what they want from their panfishing experience to help guide us in developing a sta...
  • 2/18/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Panfish have started to do the traditional February slowdown. It's been a tough bite for bigger fish but they are still possible to catch. Slow down and downsize a little. There are a lot of small crappie and gills being caught providing some fun action. Just remember that these are next year’s nice ones and most of them should be given a cha...
  • 2/15/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for all species of panfish. The crappies have been very aggressive. They are suspended in 10 to 16 feet of water about 2 to 4 feet off the bottom. Use your electronics to find them and then run plastics on tiny jigs like the Northland IMPULS mayfly and tapeworm in red and orange to pick up the aggressive feeders. ...
  • 2/14/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the sturgeon spearers and sturgeon enthusiasts out there!  I know spearers would love to celebrate the harvest of a “big lady” sturgeon on Valentine’s Day, and that is just what Dale Jenkins did. Dale was thrilled to register his 74.6”, 119.0 pound female sturgeon at our Jim and Lin...
  • 2/14/2013 1:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2013 Contacts:    Rob Bohmann, 262-235-5825 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann, 608-266-0580 Poynette, WI. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is pleased to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is exploring the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus o...
  • 2/14/2013 1:45:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery has come and gone with 15 fish being harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  The number of fish harvested today is almost as many as Monday and Tuesday combined, and many spearers are reporting that water clarity is improving and they are able to see 2-4’ more than they were able to last weeke...
  • 2/13/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Half the Upriver Lakes spearers harvested fish Editor's note: This release was updated at 4:35 p.m. to reflect spearing results available late this afternoon. OSHKOSH – By the time the Lake Winnebago system upriver lakes spearing season closed at 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 12., 10 people had joined the “hundred-pounder club” by spea...
  • 2/13/2013 4:05:00 PM
    The 4th day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a total harvest today of 7 sturgeon on Lake Winnebago and 26 fish from the Upriver Lakes.  The North shore of Lake Winnebago continues to be quiet with no fish registered today at our Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor locations.  I was at Quin...
  • 2/11/2013 4:15:00 PM
    The rain over the last 24-30 hours made for wetter conditions throughout Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, but spearers were still able to get out in search of the elusive, prehistoric sturgeon.  Spearers harvested 21 fish from the Upriver Lakes and 9 fish from Lake Winnebago today, with the biggest fish (67.1”, 92.2 pounds) being ta...
  • 2/11/2013 2:35:00 PM
    This was the condition of the ice on Winnebago as of Feb. 4, the Monday before opening of spearing.  Note the open water along the west side.  This is a result of the winds moving the ice in January.
  • 2/11/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report - Sunday February 10, 2013 The 2nd day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day, successful harvest on the Upriver Lakes and below average harvest on Lake Winnebago.  There were 74 sturgeon harvested from the Upriver Lakes and 21 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today (attached docu...
  • 2/11/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Opening day a family fest of friendship - with big catches! The only thing more powerful than the 179-pound, 80-inch sturgeon wrestled out of Lake Winnebago by Sherwood’s Pete Vanderwielen on opening day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season was the undeniable bond among the families and their friends who filled the thousands of heated ice sh...
  • 2/11/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Sturgeon spearing traditions were renewed over the last few days, as the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System got underway.  Opening day was one of mixed results, and for the most part went as predicted.  Due to less than ideal ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and poor water clarity, the total harvest from Lake Winnebago wa...