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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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  • 12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
    November 23, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows some snow early in the week, which should help deer hunters with tracking. Then we should see some highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s – and even some sunshine. Nice weather... for this time of year!   “Anglers have stored their fishing gear and boats for t...
  • 12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
    DNR Invites Public To Virtual Meeting OnLake Mendota Bass Regulation Changes    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to attend a meeting on the proposed changes to largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing regulations on Lake Mendota in Dane County on Dec. 7, 2020.  The pro...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    November 16, 2020 Steve Suman This week looks reasonably good (considering the season), with some sunshine, some wind, and temperatures covering a wide range. The temperature pushing 50 degrees on Thursday is definitely a high point! There is no precipitation in the forecast until Friday (though always subject to change!) Enjoy some outdoor time ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Browns and Salmon are scattered in the Bay and off the mouth of the rivers and some being caught in the river at Fish Creek and the Sioux and others. Keep in mind that Lake Trout fishing is closed in Lake Su...
  • 11/12/2020 8:40:00 AM
    Marinette, WI -  The new 2021 Fishing-Boating-Outdoor Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters, campers and outdoor enthusiasts.  This Total Outdoor Event will fill the Marinette Rec Center February 19th,20th and 21st and will combine the best fishing, boating, RVing and outdoor recreat...
  • 11/12/2020 8:05:00 AM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2021 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 11th annual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 12th - 14th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best...
  • 11/11/2020 11:10:00 AM
    In Memoriam Daniel J. Folz August 4, 1934 – November 7, 2020 The sturgeon community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Folz on Saturday November 7, 2020. “Father Sturgeon” as he was more commonly called was a global pioneer in effective management of sturgeon. Dan was a Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin Department o...
  • 11/11/2020 11:05:00 AM
    November 9, 2020 Steve Suman Though blessed by phenomenal weather last week, we are in for a very abrupt reset! A current winter storm watch is in effect for Tuesday and Tuesday night, with more than six inches of snow possible. The forecast is constantly changing, so keep on top of it. Still, for Wednesday – Veterans Da...
  • 11/11/2020 11:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Later this month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a fourth virtual meeting to hear from anyone interested in Lake Michigan whitefish. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Members of the public can access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom...
  • 11/11/2020 11:00:00 AM
    November 10, 2020 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Late Fall fishing has been ok with Browns and Salmon scattered in the Bay and off the mouth of the rivers and some being caught in the river at Fish Creek and the Sioux and others. Keep...
  • 11/11/2020 11:00:00 AM
    Couple weeks ago, we looked to be heading into early ice up.  Last weeks warm spell opened things back up on our lakes. Many sportsmen and women have put their boats away and set their sights (literally) on other ventures.  (If I need to spell it out…hunting.  Get it?)  Still, for those who haven’t put their boats ...
  • 11/6/2020 9:50:00 AM
    ROOT RIVER REPORT FISHING WISCONSIN The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of ...
  • 11/5/2020 9:50:00 AM
    November 3, 2020 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Late Fall fishing has been ok with Browns and Salmon scattered in the Bay and off the mouth of the rivers and some being caught in the river at Fish Creek and the Sioux and others. Keep ...
  • 10/26/2020 10:05:00 AM
    October 19, 2020 Steve Suman   There is no good way to spin the forecast – snow accumulation of 1-5 inches through Tuesday night, with chances for rain and snow showers Wednesday night through the weekend. High temperatures are in the average low range! The first two weeks of November – not far down the road – sh...
  • 10/26/2020 10:05:00 AM
    This past week, it was hard to find time to get out on the lake with strong winds and an enormous amount of rain.  With the cooler weather, the lake temperature is cooling rapidly and the walleyes are starting to bite.                 Walleye pike are off the main lake...
  • 10/26/2020 10:05:00 AM
    It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but fishing still isn’t very good on Lake Geneva.  The best bite is the perch.  The smallmouth and largemouth bass are scattered between 12 and 20 ft of water.  They just won’t school up the way they should be, however if you find some you will catch a decent number of t...
  • 10/26/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Editor's Note: This release corrects the number of chinook salmon stocked in Lake Michigan from a previous release sent Oct. 14.  MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to help boost fish populations through stocking and is fulfilling all remaining 2020 stocking quotas for Lake ...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 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...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at t...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  The license deadline for purchasing sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2021 Lake Winnebago spearing season is less than two weeks away! Spearers must purchase their licenses before Oct. 31, 2020. The 2021 sturgeon spearing season will open on the Winnebago system on Feb. 13, 202...
  • 10/26/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Maybe due to the warm Octobers of a couple years ago, but this one sure seemed to turn cold quick.  Air temps in the upper 20’s to low 30’s, wind, SNOW, can only mean one thing…It’s Musky Time!  While the weather hasn’t been easy on those willing to venture out, some good things for those that have. Musky:&...
  • 10/11/2020 9:50:00 AM
    This past week, it was hard to find time to get out on the lake with strong winds and rain.  With the cooler weather, the lake temperature is cooling rapidly and the walleyes are starting to bite.                 Walleye pike are off the main lake points in 22-24 ft of...
  • 10/11/2020 9:50:00 AM
    With the cooler weather we’ve had this past week, fishing has been difficult.  The most consistent bite for me has been the deep water bluegills.  As the water cools a few more degrees, the bite will switch from nightcrawlers and leaf worms to fat head minnows and golden shiners.         &nb...
  • 10/11/2020 9:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman Should this week’s weather forecast hold true (hope so!), the North Woods is in for an outstanding week! Predictions include highs in the 60s or warmer, lows generally in the 40s, and sunshine through the weekend. Take advantage of these wonderful conditions while you can!   The Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report ...
  • 10/3/2020 11:15:00 AM
    For Green Bay and Lake Michigan Fishery    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting to engage with stakeholders and discuss options for maintaining and improving the Green Bay and Lake Michigan smallmouth bass fishery. This virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. ...