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  • 2/3/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Lakes    Aerial view of the Lower Menominee River flowing into Green Bay.Photo credit: Brian Holbrook, Bird's Eye Aviation Contact(s): Stephen Galarneau, DNR Office of Great Waters Director, 608-266-1956, Stephen.Galarneau@wisconsin.govFebruary 3, 2020 at 8:26:06 am Editor's Note: Watch how the Wisconsin DNR partnered with loca...
  • 2/3/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV’s, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catch...
  • 2/3/2020 11:45:00 AM
    Published January 28, 2020     Excitement Builds Ahead Of Sturgeon Spearing Opener Remember Endangered Wildlife at Tax Time and Your Donation is Doubled OutWiGo Snow! At Willow River State Park Feb. 1   Index Next   Excitement Builds Ahead Of Sturgeon Spearing Opener Lake Winnebago System Sturgeon Seas...
  • 2/3/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Wind, cold and snow kept fishing pressure down this past week.  With those who did venture out, fair catches were reported.  Downsizing and finesse fishing were the key for getting fish on the ice.  There is good news though, with temperatures rising to the 30’s and overcast, this coming week should make for improved and comfor...
  • 2/3/2020 9:55:00 AM
    The CWD-Positive Wild Deer Harvested During 2019 Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunting Season    Contact(s): Ellen Barth, Wildlife Area Supervisor920-424-4003, Ellen.Barth@wisconsin.govJeff Pritzl, Wildlife District Supervisor, 920-662-5127, Jeffrey.Pritzl@wisconsin.govJanuary 23, 2020 at 8:09:20 am [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news releas...
  • 1/21/2020 11:40:00 AM
    January 20, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast indicates somewhat mild temperatures for this time of year, but includes some sun, strong winds, snow, wintry mix, and perhaps even rain on some days. Whatever weather you prefer (almost), you might see it this week!   “Winter weather returned to the Quiet Lakes,&rd...
  • 1/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Ice Anglers Urged to Use Caution, Check DNR Website for Possible Event Schedule Changes    People can fish without a license on Jan. 18-19 during Winter Free Fishing Weekend.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Theresa Stabo, R3 coordinator, 608-577-6332, Theresa.Stabo@wisconsin.govJanuary 16, 2020 at 2:43:01 pm MADISON, Wis. - The Wi...
  • 1/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
    International Snowmobile Safety Week is January 18-26.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Contact(s): Captain April Dombrowski, DNR Recreational Safety Section Chief, 608-852-9456, april.dombrowski@wisconsin.govJanuary 16, 2020 at 3:10:57 pm MADISON, Wis. - Snowmobilers enjoying Wisconsin's trails often hear conservation wardens stress...
  • 1/21/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Free Fishing Weekend is THIS weekend, January 18 - 19, 2020! Head out with friends and family members to learn how to ice fish at one of seven ice fishing clinics organized for people of all ages around the state.  Ice fishing loaner gear is available at 12 state parks. If you have ice fishing s...
  • 1/15/2020 9:00:00 AM
    January 13, 2020 Steve Suman The forecast this week predicts cold and snow, but not much accumulation. Cold temperatures without heavy snow will help firm lake ice, swamps, and marshes for trail grooming. It is a busy weekend ahead! This weekend, Jan. 18-19, is Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend when both residents and non-resident...
  • 1/15/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has up to a foot of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of...
  • 1/8/2020 7:10:00 PM
    We are super excited to announce Jim & Eva Shockey will appear at DF 2020 July 31st to August 2nd.  We're headed to ATA tomorrow and will work on additional guest appearances as well. DF 2020 will also add two new features with "Free Bow Friday" allowing anyone who brings their bow to the event FREE ADMISSION on Friday.  We wil...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Fishing Report January 7, 2020 Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has 6-9 inches of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of Perch, Wal...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Accidents and tragedy put a pall over ice fishing and outdoor activities this past week as reports of two ATV’s and three snowmobiles broke through the ice.  Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to up here and to the families and hometowns of those who passed. To cla...
  • 1/8/2020 7:00:00 PM
    January 6, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week indicates a few chances for snow, with some subzero night temperatures good for ice building and trail grooming, and moderate daytime highs. This is about as comfortable as it gets for winter activities, though some people might find it too warm! Get out and enjoy all of the outdoor a...
  • 1/3/2020 10:35:00 AM
    19th Intermediate & Advanced Muskie Fishing School To Be Held Saturday March 14, 2020 at Waunakee HS   Contact: capitalcitymuskiesinc.org, Geoff Crandall crandall@msbnrg.com (608-219-0164 mobile) or Steve Reinstra at mpd339r@charter.net or 608-770-7131.   The Capital City Chapter of Muskies, In...
  • 1/3/2020 10:30:00 AM
    Ice fishing this season has gotten off to a rocky start but anglers are putting in their time and they are finding a few nice fish.  Ice conditions around the state vary drastically and it has impeded accessibility on many of the northern lakes. But with some caution and careful planning determined anglers are getting out on the ice. The ...
  • 1/3/2020 10:30:00 AM
    December 30, 2019 Steve Suman The forecast calls for snow early in the week, with somewhat cooler temperatures. How this change affects ice and trail conditions depends on how much snow falls and how low the temperatures drop. Happy New Year! “There is a lot of snow and slush on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, ...
  • 12/25/2019 11:05:00 AM
    December 23, 2019 Steve Suman   The Hayward area has warmer temperatures on tap for this week, but a number of days show chances for a “wintery mix” that includes rain, freezing rain, snow – and various combinations of the three. If you are traveling, keep an eye on the weather, pay close attention to road conditions, and ...
  • 12/22/2019 6:20:00 PM
  • 12/22/2019 6:10:00 PM
    December 9, 2019 Steve Suman   If record snowfall the first day of December left any doubt, sub-zero temperatures this week should drive home the point winter arrived – even if it is not “official” until December 21. However, the current extended forecast shows somewhat of a warming trend returning next week, with little i...
  • 12/7/2019 12:50:00 PM
    Winter has finally decided to show up and in a big way, unfortunately it is going to create some concerns and difficulty with the upcoming ice fishing season.  The recent warm weather has deteriorated the ice and now with the heavy dumping of snow the ice conditions are going to be unstable and sketchy at best. If you plan on heading out use...
  • 12/7/2019 12:35:00 PM
    December 2, 2019 Steve Suman The North Woods received an abundance (some might say over-abundance) of snow this past weekend. However, this heavy, water-laden snow combining with relatively mild temperatures and sunshine will likely delay some snowmobile and ski trail grooming and degrade already questionable ice conditions. The current forecast ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2020 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 10th annual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 14th -16th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best fi...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Contact(s): Todd Kalish, Deputy Director Fisheries Management, 608-266-5285, Todd.Kalish@wisconsin.govDecember 5, 2019 at 4:06:42 pm MADISON, Wis. - To enhance fishing success and opportunities for all Lake Michigan anglers, while sustaining a balanced and vibrant fisheries community, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has releas...