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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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Inland Fishing Wisconsin

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  • 1/12/2021 8:20:00 AM
    January 11, 2021 Steve Suman The forecast indicates we could have some lake effect “shovel-able” snow Thursday and Friday this week. Otherwise, temperatures continue in the 20s and 30s for highs and single-digit to the 20s for lows. The weather is great for outdoor recreation, but minimal snow makes pursuit of some activitie...
  • 1/6/2021 9:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Florence, Forest, Marinette and Oconto counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals interested in walleye management for Florence, F...
  • 1/6/2021 9:25:00 AM
    We are driving in a blizzard. This is no small snowstorm. It is a full scale blizzard and snow is piling up on the road. My vehicle, with the boat behind it, slips and slides on the snow covered roads. Both hands grip the steering wheel and I am intently starring out across the front of my vehicle, snow reducing visibility, slushing up the windshie...
  • 1/6/2021 9:25:00 AM
    January 4, 2021 Steve Suman   Mild temperatures continue this week, with lows in the teens and highs in the 30s. This is great weather for recreation, but not for improving ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing conditions. Before you go, check the ice and trail conditions so you go prepared.   “Ice fishing season ...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the cold keeps coming, they may...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    This may be payback for what Mother Nature threw at us last year, but whatever it is we will gladly take it! Thanks Ma! Ice conditions through out the Northwoods have gradually improved. A recent snow from last night (12/21) will stall ice production at these current temps but provide some traction when out on the ice. Ice not too thick (6-9+&rdqu...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    December 22, 2020  River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the co...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    December 14, 2020 Steve Suman   A light dusting of snow dropped on Hayward Sunday night/Monday morning, but the forecast indicates that might be it until Friday. Cold nights early in the week will moderate through the week into the weekend, but those cold nights should help build a solid ice base for ice fishing and snowmobiling seasons. &...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    The Northwoods may finally get the ice fishing conditions us anglers have been waiting for.  Good ice making temperatures and little to no precipitation has produced some great early ice fishing! Walleye:  Excellent-Very Good – Sure that the New Moon period is helping, but accessibility and for the most part great conditions have p...
  • 12/8/2020 5:50:00 PM
    December 7, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast predicts yet another week of milder temperatures and dry weather, though with snow at the end of the week. Next week appears to be more of the same, but with temperatures slowly sliding downward, and it is likely the North Woods will see single-digit – and subzero – lows in the week fo...
  • 12/8/2020 5:45:00 PM
    Not as fast as we would like, but after the past couple ice seasons…we’ll Take IT! Ice coverage is building throughout the Lakeland area and anglers are heading out (by cleated foot only) to enjoy early ice fishing. Walley:  Good-Very Good – Favorite early ice target for many, late afternoon to dusk has been very good in t...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    Following days of mid 40’s and wind, last night things laid down enough for many area lakes to skim back over!  A few bays and shallow lakes have 1 ½ - 2 ½” as of 11/30.  Should be expanding now, but not quickly. Night time, early morning and late afternoon temps look to be running high teens to upper twenties, ...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the walleye regulations for Lake Menomin in Dunn County on Dec. 8. The proposed fishing regulation change would remove the special regulations of a daily bag limit of five walleye over 15 inches in length and rep...
  • 12/8/2020 5:35:00 PM
    For Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Shawano And Taylor Counties MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a regional public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan. This meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. for Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the length limit for muskellunge in Butternut Lake in Price and Ashland counties on Dec. 3. The fishing regulation change proposal removes the 28-inch minimum and replaces it with a 40-inch minimum length limit, ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
    November 30, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for the North Woods vary considerably this week, so let’s go with the best one! Look for colder nights with lows in the mid to low teens, and highs in the mid to upper 30s – and even into the 40s. IF this forecast holds true, most days will be calm, with an abundance of sunshine! Take ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
    November 23, 2020River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: It's that in-between time of year for Anglers. It is time to get your gear ready for the upcoming ice fishing season. Deer season is in its final week now so good luck hunters. Happy Tha...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
      Out With The Old, In With The New - Henry Announces 32 NewRifles & Shotguns Henry Repeating Arms is excited to officially announce a total of 32 new models including a large t...
  • 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...