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3/8/2019
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  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We had two crews tagging sturgeon on the Wolf River yesterday. One crew was working downstream in the New London and Shiocton area.  That crew handled 50 fish at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, 20 fish at Pfeifer Park on the Embarrass River in New London, 20 fish at Bamboo Bend, 1 fis...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Provide public access to the outdoors and earn extra income through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive ProgramMADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is the perfect way to earn extra income and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. - Read Full Article Anglers, boaters key to...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Nice weather in the 50’s is warming shallows and getting the fish and the anglers in the mood.Lots of walleye spawning (season closed, no fishing for this species allowed up here).Perch also moving into shallows to spawn.  Some crappie and gill action on warmer days.Yellow Perch:  Very Good – Spawning in shallows amongst veget...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ashland County Smelt Report, April 18 Area Smelters in Ashland report, Smelting has been great the past two nights. Predictions are: Smelting may be near peak right now or the next few nights but it is a Mother Nature call so it is uncertain how long they will run. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce does have a Smelt hotline to call at 800-284-9484 o...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    April 17, 2017 Steve Suman   According to the forecasts for this week, we start with cool temperatures and cloudy skies, receive some rain mid-week, and finish with warmer temperatures and clear skies. So say the weather folks.   “Now that the ice is gone and spring getting nicer every week, activity on the lakes is increasing,...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2017 sturgeon spawning run is underway and we had two crews out tagging fish today. One crew handled 138 fish at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton and the other crew handled 140 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London.  Fish were spawning heavily at both sites today, but I suspect that f...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    The walleye bite is central Wisconsin is very good right now with not only numbers but some very nice fish as well.  Water flows on the river systems are above average which increases the walleyes migration.  The water temperatures are in the low to mid 40 degree range which is about perfect for walleyes to spawn. We have been targetin...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    Fellow Sturgeon Enthusiasts: It's that time of the year again (mid-April) and some people are starting to question when the sturgeon will start spawning on the Wolf River and other tributaries to the Winnebago System.  Well, fish have been spawning since Tuesday on the upper Fox River from Eureka to Princeton.  The sturgeon run on the up...
  • 4/17/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state)   Turkeys strutting timely for weekend youth hunt and first period spring hunt; CDAC meetings next week  Wisconsin experienced another roller coaster ride for the second week in April with t...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4218MADISON, Wis. - Expanded lake trout harvest opportunities will take effectSaturday, April 15 in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan thanks to anemergency rule approved by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.The rule takes into account current lake trout populations including thereestablishment of ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    No reports of Smelt being caught in the Chequamegon Bay yet. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. There are reports of some nice size Steelheads in the rivers.  With any rain expect more fresh fish in the streams. Note…Early Steelhead Season on the Tributary Streams, open...
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman  The Hayward area experienced a good weekend of spring weather, but Monday brought a dose of reality with a 30-degree drop in temperature and a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain. However, there is no accumulation on the ground (so far!) Temperatures warm throughout the week, although we might still see some precipitation in the ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:10:00 PM
    By John Luthens Another spring season glistens along the steelhead runs of Wisconsin. Spring wades gingerly up the steelhead backbones of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes tributaries. She is a temperamental lady and it is a chancy effort. The sun might push the thermometer to 70 degrees inland, but water rushes cold and the shoreline winds are raw...
  • 4/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
    As we start into April the walleye fishing is really heating up, the turkeys are starting to strut, and winter is just about gone! This past week we saw water temperatures go from the low 40 degree range to near 50 as of Friday afternoon.  Walleyes were making their way upstream to many spawning locations and can be found holding in traditi...
  • 4/9/2017 3:45:00 PM
    There are still NO Smelt starting to run yet. We need warmer Temps and wind to push the ice out! The forecast calls for warmer temps this weekend so keep your fingers crossed! The Bay is in transition at this time. There are some Anglers trolling on the outside of the Bay, primarily flat-lining with stick baits. However, it is advised to beware of ...
  • 4/5/2017 6:00:00 PM
    2017 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife rules hearing set for April 10MADISON - Hearings that offer citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to help guide natural resource management in Wisconsin get underway in all 72 Wisconsin counties at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. - Read Full Article  County Deer Advisory Council...
  • 4/5/2017 5:45:00 PM
    April 3, 2017 Steve Suman Following a wet start, this week should provide somewhat mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies – and quite a warm-up during the weekend and into the following week. Might be time to shift spring clothing to the front of the closet, though it might be a good idea not to move winter clothing to storage ...
  • 4/5/2017 5:40:00 PM
    Slinger, WI -  The Wisconsin Fishing Expo (WFE), already the largest fishing expo in Wisconsin, and arguably the Midwest, drawing  over 20,000 attendees per year, saw a 12.5-percent increase in paid-attendance for 2017.  Held at the at the Alliant Energy Center Convention Hall in Madison, WI, with over 110,000 square feet of e...
  • 4/5/2017 5:40:00 PM
    It has been a great week for fishing in the Central Wisconsin area.  The walleye bite has been phenomenal on the Wisconsin River along with some nice crappies and perch showing up.  Water temperatures are ranging between 36 and 40 degrees depending on the time of day and accessible sunlight.  The walleye bite has been very good wi...
  • 3/30/2017 5:10:00 PM
    Tyler Bell of New Berlin with a beautiful pike. With open water fishing already here on the rivers and great lakes, and the Wisconsin opening day on the horizon the first Saturday in May, let’s talk big fish….and bigger fish.  DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter discusses the biggest fish observed in DNR surveys. &ldq...
  • 3/30/2017 5:10:00 PM
    April public comment period will provide opportunity to give feedback regarding preliminary antlerless harvest quota recommendations MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils have released their preliminary deer antlerless quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2017 deer hunting season., A public comment period will b...
  • 3/30/2017 5:10:00 PM
    It’s time to get your seines, waders, and nets ready for Smelt Season.  Smelt Season has not yet started as there is still ice on the Bay. Usually smelting starts the first or second week in April…depending on Mother Nature. We need wind to blow the ice out and warmer temps. Stay tuned…It won’t be too long! We will k...
  • 3/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
    March 27, 2017 Steve Suman The Hayward area started this week with mild weather and it appears (according to current forecasts) that the entire week (or most parts of it) will be mild and sunny. That said, this time of year the North Woods always faces the prospect of lingering winter surprises and seldom does winter go “gentle into that go...
  • 3/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Some intermittent rain, but mostly cloudy weather has been hanging over the Northwoods this past weekend.Fishing overall good, if not great.  East wind on Saturday may have slowed bite but action has been considered steady with some periods of excellent action.Crappies:  Very Good – Fish of choice for many anglers at this ...
  • 3/24/2017 2:05:00 PM
    Call the local Bait Shops for an update on fishing Chequamegon BayRiver Rock, 715-682-3232,Angl Note…Early Steel Head Season on the Tributary Streams, opens on Saturday, March 25th. The Streams are open up to the 1st barrier. It’s time to get your seines, waders, and nets ready for Smelt Season. As soon as the ice goes out of the b...