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1/22/2021
Paul Wojahn of Oshkosh, right, speared this near 74-inch sturgeon weighing in at 117.8 pounds during the 2019 season on Winnebago fishing the inside of the island near Wendt’s. Paul was spearing with his father-in-law, Tim Miller, of Oconomowoc. The information below is courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Sturgeon Humor Diary by Ellis to Follow The Winnebago system is home to one of the largest lake sturgeon populati...
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  • 8/16/2019 7:35:00 PM
    In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Southe...
  • 8/16/2019 7:30:00 PM
    Fishing Report August 13, 2019 Anglers All reports:  Fish in the Bay continue to be in their summer pattern and Fishing continues to be really good! Right now the water temp has moved to the 70's.  There are still Lake Trout in the upper water column as well as on the bottom.  Small Mouth are now in 10 to 30 feet of water. However, ...
  • 8/16/2019 7:30:00 PM
    If you fish on Lake Superior, this public hearing might be for you. We want to hear from you on proposed Lake Superior commercial fishing regulations!  The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. to gather public input on a proposed permanent rule, FH-02-18, which implements the 2018-2028 Lake Supe...
  • 8/16/2019 7:25:00 PM
    By Central Office August 8, 2019 Contact(s): Andrew Savagian, 608-261-6422; andrew.savagian@wisconsin.gov Madison, Wis. - A sand mining spill that occurred on August 3 is impacting Curran Coulee Creek in Jackson County. Sediment-laden water was released from the Wisconsin Proppants (WP) operation, located on Adams Road west of the...
  • 8/16/2019 7:25:00 PM
    August 12, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   The “forecast” for this week includes quite a mix of sun and rain chances, with mild temperatures. As such, follow your plans, prepare for rain, keep an eye on the sky – and enjoy the outdoors in the North Woods!   “Fishing patterns on the Quiet...
  • 8/16/2019 7:25:00 PM
    Mid-August can be the start of a challenge for anglers.  Cool nights and the end of the growing season for some aquatic plants can cause a shift in location and feeding habits for some species.  As of now, there hasn’t been a drastic change but a cooling trend is something to consider for the second half of August.   Largemou...
  • 8/16/2019 7:20:00 PM
    Fishing Report August 6, 2019 Anglers All reports:  Fishing  really has been great! Right now the water temp has moved to the 70's.  There are still Lake Trout in the upper water column as well as on the bottom.  Small Mouth are now in 10 to 30 feet of water. However, certain times of day you can fish the shallows of the shorel...
  • 8/16/2019 7:20:00 PM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - August 12, 2019 In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michiga...
  • 8/7/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Fishing in the central Wisconsin area has pretty much peaked for the summer months, we are now in those dog days of August. The walleye bite has slowed down a bit but the bass and panfish action has been very good, we have also been picking up a few nice muskies too.  Our most consistent action has been early and late in the day with the mor...
  • 8/1/2019 10:35:00 AM
    By Central Office July 31, 2019 Contact(s): Kimberly Currie, DNR director of customer and outreach services, 608-267-7799 or Kimberly.currie@wisconsin.gov MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging the public to beware of online hunting and fishing license scams leaving purchasers with an empty hook and...
  • 8/1/2019 10:20:00 AM
    July 29, 2019 Steve Suman   Should the forecast hold true, this will be a beautiful week in the North Woods, with clear skies, mild summer temperatures, and only “slight” chances for rain on the weekend. Check below for a number of events you can enjoy!   August 1 is the permit application deadline for bobcat, f...
  • 8/1/2019 10:10:00 AM
    Fishing Report July 25, 2019 Anglers All reports:  Fishing really has been great! Right now the water temp has moved to the 70's.  There are still fish in the upper water column as well as fish on the bottom. There have been Small Mouth being caught out by the Light House using live bait. Trollers are still using stick baits in the ...
  • 8/1/2019 10:05:00 AM
    In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters. Sout...
  • 8/1/2019 10:00:00 AM
    Fishing remains fantastic.  The fish are in their mid summer pattern and they have schooled up and can be caught if you find the schools.                 Northern Pike fishing has been relatively slow this week.  I think most of the problem is that the bluegills...
  • 7/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Contact(s): Ryan Koenigs, DNR Winnebago System sturgeon biologist, 920-303-5450 OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2020 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license or purchase a preference point to be used in future drawings. Jonathan Eiden of Appleton harvested the largest fish of the 2019 sturgeon spearing seas...
  • 7/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Lake Geneva 7/22/19 through 7/29/19             Fishing on Geneva remains very consistent.  There are fish to be caught every time out.  The best bite is the Northern Pike and Walleyes after dark.             Northern Pike fishi...
  • 7/16/2019 9:05:00 PM
    Join these great outdoor businesses in attending this year's Wisconsin Game Fest! National Rifle AssociationWI Buck and Bear ClubAce HardwareBass Pro / Tracker Boat Center North America Diving DogsNutriSource Pet FoodBlackhawk Retriever ClubLeinenkugel'sSilencer CentralWestgate Sportsman's Club Monday Lake KennelsElk River KennelsWhisky ...
  • 7/16/2019 9:05:00 PM
    July 15, 2019 Steve Suman   Hot and humid to start the week and it could continue through Friday, with some showers. However, forecasts can change quickly and substantially, so keep that in mind as you make your plans for this week. Keep in mind, too, that July 4th and mid July are now history!   “Inlet areas are producing mixe...
  • 7/16/2019 9:00:00 PM
    Upcoming Clinics: Madison, July 15: Family shore fishing clinics at Tenney Park. Drop-in clinics begin at 5 p.m. along with pontoon rides. Madison, July 17: Adult fishing clinics aboard pontoon boats docked at Tenney Park. Boat leaves at 5 p.m. Learn how to clean your catch, too! Space is limited; pre-registration advised. Angler ...
  • 7/16/2019 8:55:00 PM
    The fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good this past week. The average water temperatures are now in the upper 70’s to low 80’s and yes you read that right low 80’s but the fishing remains very good. We had a great week catching good numbers of walleyes along with some good eating sized fish we also picked u...
  • 7/16/2019 8:45:00 PM
  • 7/16/2019 8:40:00 PM
    Lake Geneva fishing has been great even considering the hot weather.  Both smallmouth and largemouth can be readily caught in relatively shallow water.  Lake Trout fishing has been phenomenal.  You want to fish first light or in dusk conditions.               &nbs...
  • 7/16/2019 8:40:00 PM
    The dry weather continues, and the good fishing continues as well.  Most of the fish are in their late summer pattern.  The fish are a bit deeper than most people are fishing.  Most of the fish are in 15-20 ft of water.  The boat traffic has been crazy, you want to get to the launch before 6 a.m. and off by 11 a.m.  The lak...
  • 7/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
    July 8, 2019 Steve Suman   The forecast indicates Tuesday night through Wednesday night could be a bit rough and wet, but is somewhat encouraging from then through the weekend. Outdoor activities abound in the North Woods, so get out and enjoy the summer weather! (Have you noticed the days are getting shorter? Just sayin’...)   ...
  • 7/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
    Carolyn from Anglers All reports:  The conditions have remained the same the last couple of days, leaving this report the same as last wk. Fishing really have been great! Right now the water temp has moved to the 70′s. This temperature change has just happened. As temps rise there are still fish in the upper water column as wel...