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5/8/2019
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  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
    Our crew was out checking water clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday and as anticipated clarity has changed since our last readings on January 30.  The average readings have dropped about a foot over the last week and a half (average 9.4' yesterday compared to 10.3' on January 30), but there appears ...
  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
    Well a lot of things have changed in the past week.  Ice conditions have upgraded and travel on area lakes has improved drastically. Most lakes have anywhere from 14 to 18 inches of ice with little snow cover which makes for very good travel conditions. We have had consistent action on both walleyes and pike with some good numbers but even ...
  • 2/14/2017 3:30:00 PM
    I am going to start this week’s report off with a warning.  Stay of the ice with your vehicles!!!  We have seen several vehicles plunge through the ice in the past few weeks and the ice is just not that safe this year. Not our vehicles but other anglers that took chances that they shouldn’t have!  Average ice thicknesses...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    February 6, 2017 Steve Suman   We can enjoy a cold, albeit typical, start to the week, with snow possible nearly every day. Look for sunshine and a slight warm-up after mid-week... and then more snow going into the weekend.   “The groundhog saw his shadow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so plenty of time remains for wi...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    2/9/2017- Reported by AAA Sports     Here's what's biting! This past weekend was windy and cold, but if you were persistent, you'd catch fish. The Spooner Lions club contest on Spooner had over 200 people and lots of fish were caught. We sold a record breaking amount of suckers and shiners. Everyday peo...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow improves winter recreation in north, rain hurts it in the south; sturgeon spearing season opens Saturday  The weather couldn't seem to make up its mind this week, with several inches of heavy sno...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information for Green Bay.  Please use extreme caution on any ice, as rain and unseasonably warm temperatures have changed conditions.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the late...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Unfortunately, fishing didn’t quite match the optimistic forecast of last week’s prognosticator.  Most reports were of less action, though a few bright spots on the panfish front did come in.Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Better bites came from anglers fishing shallow lakes with healthy weeds.  Jigs shaped like small bl...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Good conditions to greet sturgeon spearers as season gets underway SaturdayOSHKOSH, Wis. - When sturgeon spearing gets underway on Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes this Saturday, spearers can look forward to seeing some big fish. - Read Full Article DNR seeks public input on update of greater prairie-chicken management planMADISON - The p...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice. Angler's All, 715-682-5754,  Call Anglers All Bait Shop for an update on the ice before heading out! Anglers have been fishing the Bay and catching a gambit of fish including Browns, White Fish, Smelt, Perch, Northerns an...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    2/6/2017 - Reported by Jim Stroede Guide Service  The bite has slowed a bit for most ice anglers this week.  Crappies had been active late in the day, and early evening on lots of Washburn County waters. This week they are bitting less often and lighter overall.   Walleyes are still being caught on the bigger la...
  • 2/13/2017 9:40:00 PM
    Sturgeon spearing opens on Feb. 11 at 7 a.m. and DNR fisheries biologists expect a season offering great opportunities to experience this unique tradition and pursue the fish of a lifetime. To answer questions about the season, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a live online chat with fisheries and law enforcement experts on Tuesd...
  • 2/13/2017 9:40:00 PM
    January 30, 2017 Steve Suman   Winter temperatures return to the North Woods, along with some snow early in the week to please snowmobilers and skiers. Ice anglers have enjoyed generally good fishing conditions, though with some slush and slop during the mild periods. The forecast predicts sunny, clear, and cold from Wednesday into the week...
  • 1/30/2017 10:25:00 AM
    Last week, Roger LaPenter of Ashland passed peacefully with loving family by his side. According to the Ashland Press, he was born on Dec. 1, 1943. He will be dearly missed by many and is survived by his wife Carolyn Swartz and son Jake (Bridget), grandson Nels Odin, brother Tom LaPenter and nephew Justin LaPenter. In lieu of flowers the Roger LaP...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. - Whether you prefer to catch fish from a boat or through theice, put the meat in your freezer to good use with help from acooking-themed program at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor CenterSaturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Join John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports program staff member and author of"Wild Rice Goo...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    1/26/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Pan fishing is good right now, lots of Bluegills, Crappie (are out there but a bit on the slow side) and some nice perch, mostly found in the 7' - 12' range, but a few reports of 20' as well.  Folks mostly using crappie minnows, Waxies and Spikes, with a few plastics.  W...
  • 1/27/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Join DNR experts for online chat about upcoming Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season MADISON -- Lake Winnebago's sturgeon population is benefiting from a rebound in gizzard shad and other prey species heading into the 2017 spearing season. - Read Full Article Wisconsin birders, take a bow! One million bird sightings reported th...
  • 1/27/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Note…..Ice conditions can change quickly, always check with the local bait shops before going out on the ice. Angler's All, 715-682-5754, is reporting right in front of the city, Anglers have been catching some  fish on the Ashland side of the Bay. As the weather gets colder the fishing will pick up. Call Anglers All Bait Sh...
  • 1/24/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Good news, the heavy accumulations off snow we recently received have all but about vanished on area lakes.  The recent warm snap has substantially dropped the snow cover thus leaving us with a mess of slush and a lot of water on top of the ice.  Despite the conditions the fishing has been really good for all species.  Ice thickness ...
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    Temps hovering in the low to mid 30’s and short bouts of rain for the past five days have pushed snow down on the lakes but have made things slushy.  Fishing improved for the most part as we got some clouds and a drop in the barometer (a little too low Friday causing the bite to slow).Yellow Perch:  Good-Very good – ...
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017 Fond du Lac, WI – January 10, 2016  - What grew from a wish to celebrate the sport of sturgeon spearing with family and visitors to Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago region, has grown bigger and better in year two - the 2ndAnnual Sturgeon Spectacular, A Celebration of Winter and Really Big Fish - Feb...
  • 1/24/2017 11:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman  North Wood’s temperatures return to more normal readings this week, though with highs still in the 20s (and that is above zero!) There are chances of precipitation nearly every day, but as snow rather than rain after the first of the week.  “There were a lot of anglers out last week,” says Pat at Happy Hoo...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Following two stakeholder meetings in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay this week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created an online survey to collect additional information to aid in whitefish management. Whitefish populations in Lake Michigan and Green Bay represent an incredible recreational, economic and biological asset and the Jan...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Free Fishing Weekend Update   Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for January 20-21, but the weather has had other ideas. Several how-to-ice-fish events have been cancelled due to the recent warm-up and rain. Please check with event contacts before heading off to a scheduled event. We will attempt to keep the listing updated as we lear...