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  • 5/31/2019 2:25:00 PM
                    This has been one of the coldest springs I can recall.  The smallmouth bass are just starting to spawn and most years they would be totally done by now.  Overall fishing has been improving daily with the warmer weather.     &nbs...
  • 5/31/2019 2:25:00 PM
    May 27, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   Memorial Day weekend ended with a cool, wet Monday, but the remainder of the week looks warm and sunny, a wonderful time to participate in any outdoor recreation!   Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, and the following outdoo...
  • 5/31/2019 2:20:00 PM
    On Monday, May 20th, Fisheries Staff met with interested stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Lake Michigan fishery, answer questions and listen to comments. The presentations from this meeting are now available for viewing at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/LakeMichiganSalmonandTroutMeetings.html At this time, the dep...
  • 5/31/2019 2:15:00 PM
    Free Fishing Weekend is right around the corner! Get ready to plan a fishing picnic at one of our state parks on June 1 & 2 when you can fish without a fishing license and we fling open the gates to our parks for open house. We're grateful to our partners for offering opportunities for you to give fishing a try. Many of our par...
  • 5/24/2019 8:50:00 AM
    YES, that Willie Robertson!  The star of Duck Dynasty and CEO of Duck and Buck Commander will highlight the 10th Anniversary DeerFest celebrity line-up. Willie will be joined by Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, and Bone Collectors Michael Waddell and Travis "T-Bone" Turner.     "We promised everyone that our 10th anniversary event w...
  • 5/24/2019 8:45:00 AM
    Fishing Lake Michigan and Green Bay Check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report to read the latest creel clerk reports that tell you what's biting and where from northern and southern Lake Michigan and Green Bay!   
  • 5/24/2019 8:40:00 AM
    May 20, 2019 Steve Suman  Monday and Tuesday started this week in fine fashion, possible rain showers through Friday, with a sunny Thursday, lows in the 40s, and highs in the 60s. Keep rainwear handy, though with some luck you will not have to use it!  “May is surely the best fishing month,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, &...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
    With the weather patterns such that they are and the depth of Lake Geneva, the lake is still very cool.  The most consistent fishing is in the 3-4 ft water depth range.                 Smallmouth bass have been sporadic.  If you can find the bait fish, you will li...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens There is something inherently wild about a river island: A hiding place from the currents of the modern world, a sense of adventure that echoes along the swirling shoreline in the age-old voices of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. It doesn’t have to be big, and it needn’t be remote. It becomes that much more adventurou...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
                    This has been the hardest I have worked in May to catch fish I can remember.  I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the tremendous amount of fishing pressure but every trip has been a struggle.         &...
  • 5/24/2019 8:25:00 AM
    Things are finally starting to settle down here in central Wisconsin.  The water temperatures are now in the mid to upper 60’s and the conditions are starting to stabilize on our rivers and streams. Walleye anglers are finding fish in both shallow and deep water locations and this is typical of post spawn fish. Walleyes typically scat...
  • 5/20/2019 9:50:00 AM
    DATE: May 14, 2019      The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is continuing to work with stakeholders to determine the future course of fisheries management on Lake Michigan. The Wisconsin Great Lakes sport fishery generates $185.4 million dollars in economic activity per year and everyone can agree to the goal of...
  • 5/20/2019 9:45:00 AM
    May 13, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   This week brings warmer days, less cool nights, and chances for showers and even thunderstorms during the next seven days. Spring rains (in limited quantity, please!) should warm the waters and encourage plant growth to pop! There is no shortage of activities this time of year, ...
  • 5/13/2019 10:25:00 AM
                With the cool nights, the water temperature hasn’t come up much.  It is very typical for this time of year.  The bluegills are shallow and the bass are cruising in 2-3 ft of water.             The best bluegill ...
  • 5/13/2019 10:25:00 AM
                    Because the Spring has been exceptionally cld, the water temperature hasn’t increased yet.  Cold water makes Lake Geneva a hard nut to crack in these conditions.               &...
  • 5/10/2019 9:05:00 AM
    By John Luthens The silent stroke of paddles, gentle waters, fun-filled laughter echoing across a pine-ringed shoreline: A canoe trip can portage the entire family together and brighten the darkest days with sunshine. But this ain’t one of those tales. This woeful legend launches from the landing with a half-foot of rain sluicing do...
  • 5/10/2019 8:55:00 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.   ...
  • 5/8/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Fishing Report May 7, 2019 Carolyn from Anglers All reports: Trollers are flat lining stickbaits from Houghton Point to Long Island and out to the Apostle Islands and catching Cohos, Browns and Splake. Despite the dirty water Small Mouth Fishing has begun in Sandcut. Anglers have been successful using plastics on light jigs, crank-baits, hair...
  • 5/8/2019 9:05:00 AM
    We have been on quite a roller coaster so far this spring and it doesn’t look like it is going to change anytime soon.  Weather conditions continue to fluctuate on a daily basis and that is creating perfect conditions for a long drawn out spawning season. With all the rain we have been receiving the water levels are remaining high a...
  • 5/8/2019 8:55:00 AM
    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.  Water temps are in the low 50’s.  When the weather is stable the fishing has been relatively good.             Largemouth bas...
  • 5/8/2019 8:55:00 AM
                    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 blueg...
  • 5/6/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Published May 2, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). Current fire danger General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central ...
  • 5/6/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2019 lake sturgeon spawning run on the Wolf River is all but over.  There may still be a few fish below the dam in Shawano, but we are well past peak spawning. We worked fish below the dam this morning and handled 40 fish. I'm not sure exactly how many fish we handled this spring, but I would...
  • 5/6/2019 1:55:00 PM
    You're invited: from the daily grind into the fresh air! Miles and miles of Wisconsin’s finest lakes, rivers and streams are out there just waiting to be experienced...again. Full of open space and peaceful sounds, our state's many waterways are the perfect backdrop forpondering life’s biggest questi...
  • 4/25/2019 3:25:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Game Fest is the biggest outdoor hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation show in the state - featuring 50 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibit buildings, grandstand, shooting competitions, dog stage, children's activities, trophy scoring and displays and more.We are now seeking speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for the event. &nbs...