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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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  • 4/10/2013 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...
  • 4/5/2013 3:50:00 PM
    April 1, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement special Young hunter shows ethics is what you do when no one is watchingLandowner doesn’t let property line ruin first-time hunter’s day with dad Kevin Zarecki let go of the impressive buck he shot on his property after he met the father-daughter hunting team whose first successful shots at...
  • 4/5/2013 1:50:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler April 1st ice fishing and trout report In Richland County, ice fishing is just about done on the back waters near Lone Rock.  The best bite is still the last hour before darkness.  The more aggressive fish are just below the ice.  This means to walk softly and not make too much noise.  The majority of the...
  • 4/5/2013 1:30:00 PM
    By Dave Hraychuck Of the more popular game species, the eastern wild turkey seems to present the biggest culinary challenge. Dry, not much taste, and tough are just a few of the adjectives that are commonly associated with wild turkey. The traditional methods of cooking turkey are usually grilling or roasting them whole, Thanksgiving style, but th...
  • 4/5/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Plenty of ice still hanging on for ice fisherman as we enter April and the start of the open water walleye season on the river. Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a couple of nice crappies through the ice. Hooksetters Guide Adam Rasmussen and John Sparbel with some nice open water walleyes. We are still catching lots of nice...
  • 4/5/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter from Anglers All, (715)-682-5754,  http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com reports: Ice Fishing is still happening on Chequamegon Bay. The fishing seems to be getting better but traveling around is really getting tougher. There are some slush holes to be aware of. Roger says snowmobiles and 4-wheelers are the only sour...
  • 4/3/2013 4:35:00 PM
    There was a slight improvement with the crappie fishing this past week. The fish were suspended 10-20 ft over thirty feet of water. 1/32 oz jigs tipped with hair caught the most fish. Many lookers and many holes as fish covered a large area. It appeared that many of the fish would follow the bait 10 feet up before striking. Perch were relating to t...
  • 4/2/2013 1:35:00 PM
    By: Steve Suman Two weeks into spring and it still looks like winter! The forecast for this week predicts fluctuating temperatures and various types of precipitation, but in general shows a gradual warming trend. “There is still plenty of ice,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “but the melting snow is creating some slushy areas on the ...
  • 3/28/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Open water anglers starting to wet their lines but ice fishing still going strong. With open water below many are dams anglers are starting to get out and wet their lines. A few nice walleyes have fallen to jigs in 1/8th and 1/4 ounce this past week and the bite will continue to get better as we move into the spring spawn.  Right now for cons...
  • 3/27/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Top international, national and state water leaders to speak at annual lakes convention GREEN BAY – The internationally renowned dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, a pioneering federal fish and wildlife official, and Wisconsin’s top water leader are among the speakers headlining the annual Wisc...