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  • 3/24/2017 2:05:00 PM
    Open water fishing has arrived in Central Wisconsin. With accessible boat landings and stable water conditions, the setting is perfect for early spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River.  Unlike most lakes and rivers, the Wisconsin River remains open year-round for game fish like bass, walleye, and pike, allowing anglers to take advantage...
  • 3/22/2017 3:40:00 PM
    New catch and release state record fish category to create excitement for anglers when 2017 season opensMADISON -- Dedicated catch and release anglers know there's little that equals the joy of releasing a healthy musky, northern pike or even a walleye with the hope that it will spawn again and perhaps provide excitement for another angler. - ...
  • 3/22/2017 3:40:00 PM
    Nice change to the weather brought on a nice change in the fishing.Warm temps and little wind (‘til today 3/21), got anglers out and fish snappin’.  Following tough weather and fishing, a great change.Crappies:  Very Good – Best results early mornings, towards dusk and after dark.  During warming trends it’s b...
  • 3/22/2017 3:35:00 PM
    Spring is in the air and with that said guys are getting out on the river system and targeting walleyes below the area dams and spillways.  Ice fishing for the most part is all but done and anyone thinking about heading out should use extreme caution.  Even with the recent past few days of cold weather don’t let that convince you th...
  • 3/16/2017 1:45:00 PM
    There were reports that ice fishing was still good on the Ashland side of the Bay. Anglers were catching Perch, Trout, Salmon and more. There are pressure cracks to be aware of. The ice conditions are changing daily and even hourly in areas so it is extremely important to call the local bait shops before venturing out!!!!!!!! Smelt season is around...
  • 3/10/2017 8:45:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Early ice-out and early wildfire season; county deer council meetings and waterfowl hearings begin next week Snow is now gone from most areas of the state, with the exception of the far north, where a few ...
  • 3/9/2017 12:35:00 PM
    Spring like conditions on the lake.  Check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.  Call River Rock, 715-682-3232, Call Angler's All, 715-682-5754, for an update on the conditions. The ice is gone beyond Houghton Point.   Due to open water in some areas, it is strongly encouraged that anglers call the bait shops...
  • 3/7/2017 4:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman Mild, wet, and windy weather that started the week will make way for colder temperatures and even some sunshine by mid-week and into the weekend. Along with the cooler temperatures come the chances of snow, though at this time there is no mention of accumulation. However... forecasts are always subject to change – quickly! While...
  • 3/7/2017 4:20:00 PM
    The first of March is here and it is “In like a lion” with snow and wind, and blustery conditions. But hopefully that means out like a lamb, as the saying goes.  Ice conditions are deteriorating quickly across the state with a lot of open water in areas especially the flowages and river systems.  A few guys are trying their lu...
  • 3/7/2017 4:20:00 PM
    DNR launches 2017 license year sales on WednesdayMADISON - If you like to hunt, fish, boat or just get outdoors and enjoy Wisconsin's wild side, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages you to visit GoWild.Wi.Gov. - Read Full Article Record number of extended growth walleye stocked in 2016 with more to come i...
  • 3/7/2017 4:15:00 PM
    The Explore La Crosse Grant Program is in it's second year of operation. The program was created with the goal of helping organizers promote their events to potential visitors in order to increase overnight stays. First consideration is given to new and expanding events, festivals and sports tournaments being held in...
  • 2/28/2017 10:15:00 PM
    Winter came back!  A week after the balmy 50’s were here, temps dropped back into the teens and 20’s.  Snow and wind made it feel even colder.  Wind had the most limiting effect on anglers, especially now that most have removed their permanent shacks.Despite the conditions, some surprisingly good reports came from the hea...
  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    There was an error in the sorting of the spearer lists that I sent in the previous email, so please go ahead and use the versions attached in this email. Ryan Koenigs Senior Fisheries Biologist / Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 625 E County Rd. Y, Suite 700 Oshkosh, WI 54901 Phone: (920)303-5450 ...
  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    February 28, 2017 DNR staff and landowners work together through the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study MADISON - While inconsistent weather has provided challenges, a Department of Natural Resources Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator Study is underway with help from a number of partners and landowner...
  • 2/28/2017 10:05:00 PM
    February 27, 2017 Steve Suman Weather conditions leading up to this past weekend were far from conducive to winter recreational activities, culminating with cancellation of the 44th annual American Birkebeiner. However, the resulting new, non-weather-dependent BirkieFest celebration drew more than 10,000 skiers and spectators to party away the di...
  • 2/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   The 2017 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is now complete. As expected, things ended in a slow fashion with only 10 fish harvested over the last 7 days of the season (8 on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 1 on Wednesday, and 0 fish each of the last 4 days).  The seas...
  • 2/25/2017 4:15:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As expected there was a 0 fish harvest today, 3rd day in a row.  Tomorrow will be the last day of the season and I plan to put out more detailed reports following season closure.  So today's report is short, but much more information to come tomorrow!     We are...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Chequamegon Bay Area Fishing Report, February  22, 2017Note…..Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly, check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice.Angler’s All, 715-682-5754. and  River Rock Bait Shop, 715-682-3232. Ice fishing Contests on Chequamegon Bay:February 25th Neighborl...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    2/23/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Ice conditions vary use extreme caution.  This is a pic below is from the narrows landing 2-22-17 at 5:30 p.m. anglers reporting in anywhere from 6" to just over a foot.  Shore lines and bays are beginning to deteriorate.  The snowmobile stakes were removed from the...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We've been running on a 1 fish/day harvest for the last 2 days, but today was zeros across the board.  There were no fish registered on the Upriver Lakes or Lake Winnebago, so harvest numbers remain the same as yesterday (552 on Lake Winnebago; 295 on Upriver Lakes; system total 847...
  • 2/23/2017 8:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  I’ve been talking in many of my reports about the reduction in spearing effort, and in turn harvest. Well, today the inevitable finally happened; we had a 0 fish harvest on Lake Winnebago.  I’m not sure when the last 0 was recorded for a day of spearing on Lake Winnebago, but I’m ...
  • 2/23/2017 7:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The combination of unseasonably warm weather and rain is making winter activities in the North Woods a challenge. It is affecting ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing – especially this weekend’s American Birkebeiner, for which organizers are making a number of schedule changes. For the most current infor...
  • 2/23/2017 7:50:00 PM
    St. Croix’s five new Eyecon trolling rods let walleye anglers see, feel and CATCH what they’ve been missing Park Falls, WI (February 20, 2017) – Unpredictable? Oh yeah. Fickle? Goes without saying. Heck, why don’t we just simply call ‘em plain ol’ picky and be done with it. And if you target what is arguabl...
  • 2/23/2017 7:45:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: We are now through the 2nd weekend of sturgeon spearing and effort continues to decrease with each passing day.  A total of 17 fish were registered today with 14 coming from Lake Winnebago and 3 more from the Upriver Lakes.  The largest fish in today’s harvest was 132.2 pounds (75.2&rdquo...
  • 2/20/2017 11:10:00 AM
    In addition to a host of fly tying experts, guides and manufacturer representatives, 10 seminars will take place throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge and experience on subjects such as northern trout habitat, women in fishing, and recent stream restoration projects that trout fishermen should take advantage of. OnWisconsinOutdoor...