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3/8/2021
DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Thursday, Feb. 18 was the sixth day of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season. Today, 115 fish were speared on the Winnebago System, including 101 harvested on Lake Winnebago and 14 harvested on the Upriver Lakes. The Lake Winnebago daily total has slightly increased from day 5, and for the second day in a row, Stockbridge Harbor registered the most fi...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Day nine of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season saw a slight decrease in total harvest from yesterday, as 100 fish were speared on Lake Winnebago consisting of 23 juvenile females, 40 adult females and 37 males. Today’s take has increased the total number of sturgeon harvested to 1,202 on Lake Winnebago and 1,566 on the system. Click here ...
  • 2/15/2021 12:40:00 PM
    WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING FISHING WISCONSIN THE 2021 WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING IS NOW OPEN! THE STURGEON SPEARING TRADITION The Winnebago system is home to one of the largest lake sturgeon populations in North America and hosts a unique winter spear fishery. Further, the system is ...
  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    Join The Great Backyard Bird Count! Plus, Sturgeon Spearing Season, Native Plants And More The Great Backyard Bird Count happens this weekend: Feb. 12-15, 2021.  The annual birding event is a unique way for birders to celebrate their passion globally while providing scientists with a snapshot of late winter bird populations. During the ...
  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    Feb. 13, 2021 Highlights It’s finally here! The opening day of Wisconsin’s 2021 sturgeon spearing season was frigid and snowy. In total, 437 lake sturgeon were harvested on the Winnebago System, including 169 on the Upriver Lakes and 268 from Lake Winnebago. On Lake Winnebago, the registration stations at the Harrison Town Hall and th...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson and Rock counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walleye management for Colum...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    ATTENTION WINNEBAGO SYSTEMSTURGEON SPEARING ENTHUSIASTS CALL FOR PHOTOS The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago system opens this Saturday Feb. 13 and we’d like to see your photos of cutting in, shanty life, scenic views observed during the season, harvested sturgeon and anything else that captures the spearing tradition! Please be s...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    February 8, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows double-digit subzero low temperatures, with wind chills registering as low as -35 to -50 degrees. This will continue for at least the better part of a week. When outdoors, be cautious, dress for the conditions, and do not take unnecessary risks!   “Temperatures hav...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 to gather input on the proposed new rules for guides operating on the Great Lakes. Members of the public may access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom or by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and using meeti...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    ATTENTION WINNEBAGO SYSTEMSTURGEON SPEARING ENTHUSIASTS The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is less than a week away, beginning on February 13. Conditions for the upcoming season are favorable with relatively clear water for the first time since the 2015 season. Based on the favorable water clarity, the DNR is anticipating a busie...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    Severe cold weather (temps negative mid-teens to negative mid 20’s) has all but shut down most ice fishing in our area.  The few anglers who have ventured out (bravely/foolishly…you pick) have had very little success. With so few participants and such poor reports all we can really do is hunker down and wait for the cold to break...
  • 2/4/2021 3:35:00 PM
    Season Opens Feb. 13 OSHKOSH, Wis. – Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon spearing season begins Feb. 13 and runs for 16 days, or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are met. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) predicts that harvest caps will be met prior...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a preliminary public hearing on a statement of scope that will allow the DNR to begin work on an emergency rule relating to Lake Michigan whitefish management, with a focus on Green Bay. Models indicate that whitefish populations have increased in Green Bay and additional harvest may ai...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walley...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    February 1, 2021 Steve Suman   This week starts with mild temperatures, but turns cold and windy towards the end, with possible snowfall, and wind-chill could be a serious factor at that time. It is finally February and time to pull out the woolies!   “Recent cold temperatures improved ice conditions a bit on the Quiet Lak...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    RICE LAKE, WI – January 22, 2021 As part of an ongoing effort to give customers more options when choosing to “Hunt With A Henry,” Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce four new models that fit the needs of modern hunters, whether in pursuit of small game or large, feather or fur. ...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March thro...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Under rough fish removal contracts, detrimental fish species like common carp are removed to improve water clarity and fish habitat. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a virtual public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the DNR’s rough fish removal prog...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows a mix of sunny, cloudy, and cold days, with a warm-up and the best chances for snow Saturday and through the weekend.   “We are seeing ice depths of 6-12 inches on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so most lakes are still too unstable for truck traffic. “Fishin...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walleye management for Brown, D...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    January 21, 2021 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports:  There are cold temps in the forecast the next few days which will make more ice. We have had rain this past week which knocked down the surface snow. At this time there is no snow on t...
  • 1/22/2021 10:30:00 AM
    January 18, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows temperatures colder and closer to the January average, particularly nighttime lows. It indicates a brief warm-up Wednesday and Thursday, and with the best chances for snowfall next weekend. Keep an eye on the forecast, however – it can change in a matter of minutes! Despi...
  • 1/13/2021 2:10:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 1/13/2021 2:10:00 PM
    January 12, 2021 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Not a lot has changed because we haven’t had really cold temps. The ice hasn't improved or added any more thickness. Fishing has been really great with a lot of activity. Anglers are c...
  • 1/13/2021 2:05:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – January 12, 2021Henry Repeating Arms is proud to announce a continuation of their title sponsorship for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This year’s Henry 180 will see the green...