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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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  • 5/15/2018 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman   The current forecast predicts warm and slightly windy weather, with rain possible toward the end of the week into the weekend. Spring’s late arrival makes 80-degree temperatures quite welcome, even if accompanied by precipitation. Ice is gone and fishing (and other water recreation) is on!   “Welcome to the n...
  • 5/15/2018 1:40:00 PM
    The past few weeks have been crazy with unstable weather patterns and temperature swings. These conditions have in turn made for very interesting hunting and fishing conditions. The turkey hunters are the positive part of this scenario, they have been having a banner year with a lot of hunters getting their birds. The numbers of mature birds tha...
  • 5/12/2018 12:20:00 PM
  • 5/10/2018 7:50:00 PM
    BIG CHANGES FOR 2018 Collection point moved Entertainment Bow Fishing Demos   The CARP ROUNDUP will be sponsored by the FRCAUSE (Fox River Citizens Against Underwater Silt & Erosion) on June 2-3, 2018 at the boat launch North of Waterford Village Hall, 123 N River St. The Roundup is held each year on the DNR designated free fishing ...
  • 5/10/2018 7:45:00 PM
    The ice is mostly out now!!! Finally! However, there are still some chunks hanging around the shoreline here and there. The Hot Pond is open and Bayview beach is mostly open. There was a report that a ½ bucket was brought in last night. Looks like a very slow start. We will keep you posted. If you are a drop-net smelter, please note that the...
  • 5/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Jerry Kiesow  I reached for the log, and the log submerged – it was a floater - and I followed it . . . down. I spread all the items from the vest out on the tailgate of the truck so they would dry. Where do I begin? I have been paddling a canoe for decades and aside from the times when I was negotiating whitewater, have never exp...
  • 5/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
    Chris Rehlinger Mid-day largemouth bass bite Chances are, if you are targeting walleyes in the spring, you are fishing somewhere in northern Wisconsin. Much of this area is part of the Ceded Territory that encompasses some 22,400 square miles and was ceded to the United States by the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribes in 1837 and 1842. Some special ...
  • 5/4/2018 9:30:00 AM
    https://sites.google.com/view/bart-hart-hunt-club/home Located in Adams County, Wisconsin, a few minutes west of Oxford, the land consists of ridges, established food plots (frost seeded with clover in March 2018), water sources, and an extensive road system for vehicular and recreational use or discrete hunting access. Both parcels are enrolled i...
  • 5/4/2018 9:15:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Our fisheries crew was out tagging sturgeon on the Wolf River between New London and Leeman today, along with on the Embarrass River in New London. One crew worked the New London area and handled 49 fish at Pfeifer Park (Embarrass River) and 19 at the Sturgeon Trail. The second crew started ...
  • 5/2/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Gary Engberg Outdoors   There are five lakes in the Madison Chain of Lakes. They are Lake’s Mendota, Monona, Wabesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra. All of these metro lakes that surround Madison have good populations of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. There are chances of catching a trophy in any of the 5 lakes, particularly in early spr...
  • 5/2/2018 1:55:00 PM
    Weekly NewsPublished - May 1, 2018 by the Central Office More lakes opening up in time for fishing season opening day Wisconsin, Minnesota DNRs to discuss bag, size limits on Mississippi 7 steps to add native plants to your yard to benefit birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife Options for buying native plants bloom in Wisconsin ...
  • 5/2/2018 1:55:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Our fisheries crew was out tagging sturgeon in the New London area again today. We handled 62 fish at the Sturgeon Trail in New London and another 37 fish at Pfeifer Park on the Embarrass River in New London. The largest fish handled today was a 71.0” female that was captured at the Sturgeon T...
  • 5/2/2018 1:55:00 PM
    Catchable-size trout provide a variety of angling opportunities. About 740,000 catchable rainbow, brown, brook and lake trout (275,000, 200,000 215,000 and 50,000 respectively) will be delivered to waters statewide before the First Saturday in May inland opener. The fish are raised at Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Fa...
  • 5/2/2018 1:40:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System sturgeon enthusiasts: Our crew worked fish at the Sturgeon Trail in New London today, handling a total of 107 fish. We had 16 females, which is a very good day for females at sites further downriver. The largest fish of the day was 79” in length, with two additional fish larger than 70 inches. As of this afternoon...
  • 5/2/2018 1:35:00 PM
    Fishing across the state continues to be very consistent with a lot of anglers now targeting walleyes on the rivers. Most of the action is coming on jig and minnow combinations with a few fish being caught on crankbaits.  A few die-hard ice anglers are still getting out pursuing panfish on area lakes, but I advise using extreme caution when he...
  • 4/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
    April 19, 2018   Can't read this email? Click here | Forward to a Friend OUR SPONSORS COUNTERFEIT Westin warns trade over ‘fake’ jighead bearing its logo   Danish fishing tackle manu...
  • 4/21/2018 2:00:00 PM
    At this time Smelt Season has not yet started in the Chequamegon Bay as there is still very thick ice on the Bay. Usually smelting does starts in April…depending on Mother Nature. We will keep you posted and let you know when smelting begins. Be patient...don't give up!!!Carolyn from Anglers all reports: There is still ice on the Bay. Howeve...
  • 4/21/2018 1:55:00 PM
    Wow…. A guy couldn’t have prescribed a better week than what we just had.  Fishing was outstanding with great action everywhere we went. We hit 4 different bodies of water in Wisconsin and experienced some of the best fishing I have seen in years. I can tell you this, I really put the Elk River Rods to the test this week and they ...
  • 4/19/2018 6:50:00 PM
    Published by Central Office April 17, 2018 Contact(s): Local fisheries biologists   MADISON - Walleye will be high on anglers' target list when the regular fishing season opens May 5. It's a good bet many anglers will be stalking ol' marble eyes whether from a boat, shore, or they may even need tip-ups in the still frozen nor...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    April 16, 2018 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   Technically, we are in the fourth week of spring. Real-life observations, however, indicate winter decided to extend (over-extend!) its stay. The forecast for this week shows a clearing, warming trend after mid-week and we can only hope it comes to fruition. Sunshine, wind, wa...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    The Flambeau River should have the highest chance for open water boat angling on May 5th.  Because of its moving water, most of the free-flowing and impounded sections are largely ice free already, at least in the channel.  There may be lingering ice cover along shore and in the sheltered bays, including the Smith Lake portion of Pix...
  • 4/19/2018 6:40:00 PM
    Published - April 17, 2018 by the Central Office   Spring walleye fishing tips from a longtime fish manager Hundreds of walleye waters will offer great fishing in 2018 Still time to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund Wisconsin-grown trees and shrub seedlings still available for spring 2018 planting 2018 revision to the Broa...
  • 4/17/2018 11:50:00 AM
    Not much to report!  Unusual amounts of mid-April snow and high winds have kept anglers off the lakes.  Access is tough right now as the snow depth makes getting around very difficult.   Crappie:  Bad-Poor! – No recent reports over the last five days, though a few anglers heading out as of this writing. Concentrate on ba...
  • 4/17/2018 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing & Outdoor Report Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing & Outdoor Report 3/29/18- Reported by AAA Sports With this last big snowfall, there is not much to report as far as fishing goes. However, we do have an update on the availability of tags for turkey hunting: There are no tags left in Zone 6, bu...
  • 4/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Published by Central Office April 10, 2018 Contact(s): Jeff Mosher, DNR Fish Production Manager, 608-267-7613 MADISON - Stocking trucks are rolling from state fish hatcheries now and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. Catchable-size tr...