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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 4/29/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The warm weather over the last 3-5 days has increased water temperatures on the Wolf River, which has led to increased sturgeon activity.  Typically sturgeon exhibit some pre-spawn behaviors that allow us to predict roughly when spawning will take place.  The first behavior is porpoising (rising up ab...
  • 4/29/2013 10:20:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. New additions to fishing clinic and Angler Education Intructor Certification workshop listings have just been posted. Here's your chance to learn to fish or get certified to teach someone else in ...
  • 4/26/2013 11:40:00 AM
    GREEN BAY -- This year’s unseasonably cold weather has the sturgeon population holding tight on its annual spawning run, putting sturgeon guards on ice for the time being. Typically, peak spawning of the prehistoric fish takes place between April 15 and May 1. “What the fish really need to begin spawning is water temperatures between 5...
  • 4/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources complete Outdoor Report summary for April 25, 2013. Spring’s Jekyll and Hyde act appears to have had its -- now its spring, now its winter -- run. Warm weather and sun shine are in the forecast for the coming days. The remaining snow and ice across the northern part of the state are melting. Song bir...
  • 4/26/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon and Walleye Enthusiasts: Despite the below average spring temperatures up to this point, our fisheries management team in Oshkosh has been busy in the field conducting stock assessments for yellow perch and walleye, with sturgeon work just around the corner.  The ice went out on the Wolf River between April 5-6,...
  • 4/26/2013 9:30:00 AM
    April 25, 2013 CONTACT:  Kevin Harter, DNR Northern Region public affairs manager, 715-635-4242 or 715-416-2230 CABLE, Wis. -- The 48th Governor’s Fishing Opener – the official beginning of Wisconsin’s big game fishing season – casts off May 4 on Bayfield County’s Lake Namekagon, a premier walleye, northern pike...
  • 4/26/2013 8:55:00 AM
    Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, (715)-682-3232, http://www.riverrockinn.net reports: The Chequamegon Bay Area still has a good sheet of ice right now. The snow that we received in the past two weeks has been a good insulation and the unseasonably cool evenings have kept the ice in place. So at this time the Smelt hav...
  • 4/25/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Winter just will not let go! Fresh snow on Monday night into Tuesday morning is delaying open water more and more. It is also making ice conditions tougher to get around for guys still out on the hard water taking advantage of the long, late season ice. Fishermen are catching all species right now in certain areas. Old weed beds from the past se...
  • 4/25/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Great walleye bite on the Wisconsin River right now.  Lots of nice eating sized fish being caught and a few very nice slot fish (20 to 28 inches) as well.  Most of the action has been coming on lead head jigs tipped with fathead minnows working the deeper pools in the river but lately with the higher faster water a lot of the fish have sl...
  • 4/23/2013 11:00:00 AM
    By Steve Suman The delayed spring weather is causing irritation to both people and animals. Sandhill cranes walking through nearly a foot of snow appear somewhat befuddled – and the Monday/Tuesday forecast predicts up to another 11 inches of snow. We are already more than a month into spring and have yet to enjoy any real spring weather! Pa...
  • 4/22/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Wow, we're going into the end of April and I have to do an Ice fishing report. Most lakes still have 15 to 20 inches of ice in most places and the Crappie are hitting good, Tip Downs or Deadsticks and Crappie minnows are doing well. For the fishermen that like to jig, small spoons or jigs with plastics are doing good. The Crappie are suspended hig...
  • 4/22/2013 2:10:00 PM
    This crazy April just won’t quit!  Following low temps in the single digits Saturday (4/20), overnight temps into Monday morning were a full 30 degrees warmer.  An afternoon of driving and drilling the lakes of this area (LDF, Minocqua, St. Germain) found that truck travel is done.  It’s not the ice thickness that is the ...
  • 4/19/2013 1:05:00 PM
    As you read this and think about all the great opportunities we have here in Wisconsin please remember all the people in Boston Massachusetts and West Texas as they have had to deal with great loss this past week. I have friends in Boston and after talking with them, personally understand just how hard this past week has been on them as well as oth...
  • 4/19/2013 12:25:00 PM
    The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Reports Call the local bait shops for any fishing news! (Anglers All, 715-682-5754 or River Rock, 715-682-3232). The Ashland Chamber will have a "Smelt Hotline" on 800-284-9484 or check out our website at www.visitashland.com. What is “Smelt Season” All About? The "Smelt Run" in the Chequamegon Ba...
  • 4/17/2013 2:15:00 PM
    By Steve Suman It is mid-April, but last weekend’s weather was more akin to February, and this week the forecast again shows chances of snow nearly every day. There is not much more to say at this point, but with two feet of ice remaining on most lakes and gamefish opener only three weeks distant, we need some significant weather changes &nd...
  • 4/17/2013 1:20:00 PM
    MADISON – The state is revising its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters and invites anglers and others to provide ideas for future management goals and tasks. “We’re starting another 10-year look forward and want to know if people have advice for continuing some of the great fishing the ...
  • 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...