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  • 5/14/2013 11:50:00 AM
    By Steve Suman This week’s weather forecasts indicate we might at last experience more spring-like, warmer temperatures. Yes, those forecasts include rain, but it will be a nice change to receive precipitation in the liquid form! Pat at Happy Hooker says anglers should always check walleye bag limits at the boat landings since they may chan...
  • 5/14/2013 11:25:00 AM
    May 14, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Capsized boat rescue, brazen bird blocks door, perch too plenty, fire probe, dogs and deer among warden cases Kewaunee, Brown, Manitowoc and Oconto counties Warden David Allen of Kewaunee responded to a capsized boat off of Algoma where 4 fishermen were plucked from the icy waters of Lake Michigan. The...
  • 5/13/2013 1:45:00 PM
    With the up and down temperatures the lake remains pretty cold which is causing some inconsistent fishing.  The best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass.  Stable weather is predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and bluegills. Largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water.  The best ...
  • 5/13/2013 1:40:00 PM
    The yo-yo weather has been a constant factor this past week, it looks like stable weather is coming this week which will help the fishing tremendously.  With frost warnings in the middle of May, it has been cooling the water temperature from where it should be this time of year.  When the weather is stable the fishing has been relatively ...
  • 5/13/2013 12:55:00 PM
    After a late ice out the warm air temps last week  shot the water temps into the low 50's but another major cold front showed up just in time for the weekend. Air temps plunged and the water temps fell back into the upper 40's. High winds made navigation and fishing a chore and even dangerous for smaller boats. Those that did brave the weathe...
  • 5/13/2013 12:50:00 PM
    May 10, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Don't put out fire yourself; 79 wildfires on DNR areas so far Conservation Warden Ron Nerva was on his way to survey a remote Lincoln County fishing spot off a back highway on May 5 when he spotted a parked van missing its driver – and that’s about when he saw the grass on fir...
  • 5/13/2013 12:25:00 PM
    Walleye fishing remains good on the Wisconsin River with lots of nice fish being caught by jig and minnow anglers and a few by guys tossing crankbaits in shallow water. Bass fishing is picking up and a few lunkers have been caught. Bass up to and over the 20 inch mark are not uncommon at this time of the year. Look for most  fish to be associ...
  • 5/10/2013 3:50:00 PM
    May 10, 2013 Contact(s): Eric Lobner, Deer Trustee Report coordinator, 608-235-0860; Jenny Pelej, public affairs manager, 608-264-9248 EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The DNR will host an evening online chat about implementation of the Deer Trustee Report and the ongoing Action Team discussions. Input is sought on implementation from hunters and non-hunters. ...
  • 5/10/2013 3:35:00 PM
    This spring I was fortunate enough to have Matt Ahrens and other members from our DNR film crew join us for sturgeon spawning assessments on the Wolf River.  While Matt and crew were in town, they filmed some great underwater footage of sturgeon at a couple of spawning sites located on private property.  The youtube link below will take y...
  • 5/10/2013 3:10:00 PM
    The Smelt have just started to run in the Chequamegon Bay. Smelters reported the run started on Wednesday night (May 8th) and they pulled in a lot of smelt. There is still some ice that is in and out on the shoreline so Smelters need to find open water on the shorelines at the beaches to Smelt. The bottom line is...you may have to fight the ice to ...
  • 5/10/2013 2:35:00 PM
    Outdoor Report summary for May 9, 2013 More spring-like weather in the last week finally melted most of the snow even in the most northern counties, and ice out is finally progressing on northern lakes. Ice is off most lakes now though Price County. Seasonal temperatures the remainder of this week, combined with some rain and a little wind will mo...
  • 5/10/2013 2:05:00 PM
    By, Dave Hraychuck May 10, 2013 Since opening day a week ago, the same question can be heard in the coffee shops, sport shops, restaurants, and bars all over the northern part of the state, “Is the ice out yet?” In My 61 years, the last week has probably been the toughest week to target and routinely catch fish. Opening day found mos...
  • 5/10/2013 10:05:00 AM
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  • 5/9/2013 9:45:00 AM
    May 7, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Waupaca, Marquette, Waushara, Shawano and Outagamie counties Warden Ted Dremel of Waupaca assisted with the Learn to Turkey Hunt event held annually in Waupaca. Twenty-two new hunters and mentors managed to harvest 11 turkeys despite cold temperatures and deep snow. He also participated in a Trapper Educ...
  • 5/9/2013 9:35:00 AM
    May 7, 2013 By: Joanne M .Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Wardens say June weekend is all free fun: ATV-UTV, fishing, trails and state parks Want to experience a trail on an all-terrain or utility-terrain vehicle? Wonder how you'd do at fishing? Been a while since you've enjoyed a state park? Want to ride your bicycle on a state trail that's new ...
  • 5/8/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Read Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Weekly News Update for May 7, 2013.
  • 5/7/2013 4:15:00 PM
    By Steve Suman There is little to say about this past weekend’s fishing opener that numerous disappointed anglers have not already said (much of it in very colorful language!) Many anglers who decided to try their luck opted for ice fishing – and reported ice depths still in the mid-20-inch range on some lakes. The forecast this week,...
  • 5/7/2013 3:35:00 PM
    May 7, 2013 Well another fishing opener has come and gone. Sounds like many people found themselves at home this opener rather than in a boat. Very little access to open water, and weather that did not want to cooperate made for tough fishing all across the board around the area. I showed up at Balsam Lake at 4:00 a.m. in hopes to fish the small ...
  • 5/7/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Take a Kid Fishing 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 “Take a kid fishing!” It is a self explanatory phrase we have heard and seen writ...
  • 5/7/2013 10:55:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/AnglerEducation/#tabx4 We've added more details for our May 23 Angler Education Instructor Certification workshop in Shorewood. Kathy Overman from Fishing Has No B...
  • 5/7/2013 10:35:00 AM
    By Professional Guide Kurt Justice Well, this was the WORST opener I can recall.  Not only were the opportunities limited, but, on the few places anglers could fish (either by boat or ice), the bite was terrible. Ice Fishing:  For the most part, ice fishing is over almost everywhere.  Reports of two anglers falling through on Big A...
  • 5/7/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Things started out a little cold and slow opening day but by the end of the morning the sun peaked out and temps warmed. The walleye were sluggish but fishermen still managed to catch some nice eaters, mostly males. Most of the fish seemed to be in 6 foot of water and on rock or gravel. Areas like the Hwy 13 bridge and some of the rock points on L...
  • 5/7/2013 9:45:00 AM
    The largemouth bass have been in pre-spawn and spawn patterns for the past week.  They can be caught while sight fishing or casting the shallow flats where there is a hard sand bottom.  A lot of the fish are being caught on tube baits or All Terrain Sticks.  The best location has been by the outlet or on the west end by the island.&n...
  • 5/7/2013 9:40:00 AM
    Due to the cool spring, fishing on Geneva has remained relatively slow.  Most of the action has been coming in shallow waters, 3-4 ft deep. Largemouth bass have been biting in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor.  Most of the fish are coming in and around the boats.  Use a split shot rig nightcrawler or an All Terrain Stik in Green...
  • 5/7/2013 9:35:00 AM
    By Darrell Pendergrass Like many people who live here in northern Wisconsin I’m waiting patiently for warmer weather to arrive. However, my patience is wearing thin as this is quickly becoming the slowest arriving spring I’ve ever known; which is quite an accomplishment as I spent four years in Fairbanks, Alaska as a child. In fact, i...