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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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  • 4/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Information has been updated for the Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report. Please visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html for the latest reports.
  • 4/17/2018 11:10:00 AM
    Smelt Season 2018 Due to cold temps at night there is still a lot of ice on the Bay so at this time there is no Smelting going on yet in the Chequamegon Bay area. As soon as the ice is out of the Bay Smelt season will start. We will keep you posted as soon as we see/hear the ice is out! Carolyn from Anglers all reports: We still have ice on the Ba...
  • 4/17/2018 11:05:00 AM
    It looks like Mother Nature just doesn’t want to let spring get here.  Recent heavy snowfalls combined with record low temperatures have really set the fishing back.  A lot of lakes in Central and Northern Wisconsin still have over 2 feet of good ice.  Now this doesn’t mean that guys aren’t finding and getting out o...
  • 4/4/2018 2:40:00 PM
    Winter just is not ready to say goodbye to the Northwoods this year.   About 10 inches of snow fell over the weekend and they are predicting another 6-9 over the next couple of days.  There hasn’t been much fluctuation in temperatures so we are not seeing much change in the fishing patterns from last week. Yellow Perch:&...
  • 3/31/2018 7:05:00 PM
    Because the hearty citizens of Wisconsin don’t let winter slow them down, their cars, trucks, and SUVs need a good spring cleaning. After months of snow, wind, and inclement weather, dirt and debris have worked their way into every nook and cranny. Salt spray accumulates on the way home from a successful day of ice fishing, and ca...
  • 3/31/2018 7:00:00 PM
    The Root River Report page has been updated.  Please visit the following webpage for current information: Root River - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/RootRiverReport.html
  • 3/31/2018 6:50:00 PM
    Snow covers my front lawn but as I look outside I see a pink flamingo poking up out of the snow. It is time to go fishing.Before anyone thinks I have been ingesting weird chemicals or have gone completely wacky with the long winter and piles of snow around my house, let me explain. Some years back I became enthralled with those plastic pink flaming...
  • 3/31/2018 6:25:00 PM
                                                  Spring River Walleye 101      The ice-fishing season was long in coming and is on is on final legs right now. But, the good news for anglers is that the walleyes and saugers...
  • 3/31/2018 6:25:00 PM
    March 26, 2018 Steve Suman   Wet, windy, and warmer weather (even if it does not feel like it!) to start this week, with a Wednesday temperature of 51 degrees (so says the current forecast). Spring is “officially” in session, but this is early spring in the North Woods, so expect a diverse assortment of conditions for ...
  • 3/26/2018 9:00:00 AM
    (Small Water, Big Fish, and Big Fun) By John Luthens             A swirling chill circled in the Lake Michigan morning and crested the waves in the Wisconsin harbor city of Port Washington as I stood on the lip of the brushy valley of Sauk Creek, a winding and rocky snake that pushes itself through the quiet town bef...
  • 3/26/2018 8:55:00 AM
    Open water fishing has begun and anglers are lining up below area dams and spillways targeting early spring walleyes.  Ice fishing continues to be very good in most areas of the state, but please use caution when heading out. At this time of the year the ice conditions can vary greatly and they can change on a daily basis, even hourly in some ...
  • 3/23/2018 3:00:00 PM
    Fishing Report, March 22, 2018 Carolyn from Anglers all reports: Access on the Ashland side of the Bay is still in pretty good shape, except for 2nd Landing where you need a machine to access. The Bay area in general has good ice however, please give the bait shops a call before going out and if they have heard anything they will keep you posted. ...
  • 3/23/2018 2:50:00 PM
    Great weather and improving conditions on the ice led to lots of angler participation over the weekend.   Crappie:  Very Good – The warm weather helped with the functioning tip-down bite.  Oddly, some reports on Crappies in 22-25’, some in 13-18’ and others up as shallow as 7-10’.  Rosies and small minn...
  • 3/23/2018 2:50:00 PM
    March 19, 2018 Steve Suman   If Tuesday’s forecast meets “expectations,” it will not seem like the official first day of spring (vernal equinox)! However, the remainder of the week looks mostly good, particularly for March in the North Woods.   Erik at Hayward Bait says warmer temperatures created some slush areas o...
  • 3/23/2018 2:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens   The Winneboujou Bridge, spanning the Bois Brule River in northern Douglas County. (Pencil Sketch by Daniel Luthens)               Tucked beneath red-pine shadows in a furthest corner of northwest Wisconsin is a bridge named Winneboujou; stone pilings stretch...
  • 3/23/2018 12:50:00 PM
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  • 3/18/2018 5:05:00 PM
    Ski trails in the north are still in good condition, like these at Pattison State Park thanks to some sunrise grooming efforts.Photo credit: DNR Most northern lakes still have plenty of ice on allowing ice fishermen to continue ice fishing late into the season. While in the south open water fishing is picking up on the Wisconsin River below the Wi...
  • 3/18/2018 5:05:00 PM
    Anglers All, Located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Carolyn from An...
  • 3/14/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Published - March 13, 2018 by the Central Office     First managed elk hunt in Wisconsin history is result of over 22 years of conservation efforts by DNR staff and partners Bonus spring turkey harvest authorization go on sale March 19 VHS found in gizzard shad in Port Washington Harbor fish kill Construction to begin o...
  • 3/14/2018 11:25:00 AM
      Fantastic weather this past week has led to some outstanding fishing.  Anglers have been getting out on both open water and ice fishing and doing well in both situations.  Ice conditions remain favorable on most lakes, and areas below the dams on the Wisconsin River have been open with good access for fishing. With game-fish cl...
  • 3/14/2018 11:25:00 AM
    March 12, 2018 Steve Suman   Spring is slowly moving into the North Woods, but there is plenty of time to experience additional “interesting” weather before it actually feels like spring is in for keeps. This week’s forecast looks quite pleasant and the following week’ forecast indicates (at this time) a nice warm-up...
  • 3/14/2018 11:15:00 AM
    Now’s the Time for Panfish        Soon is the inland lake season opens for fishing. Though the panfish season is open year-round, now is the time to target shallow water crappies and bluegills as soon as the ice is gone in shallow water. The water temperature in most area lakes is approaching 50 degrees which is...
  • 3/14/2018 11:10:00 AM
     As we head into March we still have plenty of ice on most central Wisconsin lakes which is allowing anglers a lot of opportunities at great fishing.  In addition to having plenty of ice on the lakes a few savvy anglers are taking to the open water below area dams and targeting walleyes.  The walleye season remains open on the Wisc...
  • 3/12/2018 5:35:00 AM
    Published March 8, 2018 by the Central Office     View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and Forests Current information on state property Cross-Country Ski Trail Conditions. Check out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow co...
  • 3/12/2018 5:30:00 AM
    Price County snowmobile trails are in good condition. We received approximately 4-6 inches of snow Monday night (3/5) into Tuesday (3/6). The trails have a good base in most areas. Corners are getting icy, bare spots are starting to show in some areas, approaches to road crossings are becoming bare, and road route...