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  • 4/26/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Unfortunately we didn’t get another beautiful weekend like the previous one.  The temperature was cooler, and it was rainy so there was very little fishing activity.  Surface temps reported anywhere from the upper 30’s (big lakes) to upper 40’s.  That is down from a few that reached the low 50’s during that wa...
  • 4/26/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Lake Michigan stocking efforts contribute to diverse angling opportunitiesMILWAUKEE - After stocking more than 2.6 million fish into the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan in 2015, the Department of Natural Resources is relying on recent harvest data and survey research to implement its Lake Michigan stocking plans for the coming year. - Read F...
  • 4/26/2016 7:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman If you own a weather rock, expect to see it wet and swinging in the wind for much of this week – and maybe coated with sn*w on a few days. Just telling it as the forecast shows it! Hang in there – the current extended forecast (for what it is worth) shows exceptionally good weather through most of May! “The...
  • 4/26/2016 7:05:00 PM
    It has been another great week in Central Wisconsin for outdoor sports.  Fishing has been very good for several species and the turkey hunters have been shooting some really nice Toms.  The water temperatures this past week have moved into the upper 50’s to lower 60 degree range. The walleye spawn is over and the crappies and bass h...
  • 4/26/2016 6:50:00 PM
    Anglers that have been out chasing pan fish (only species open in our area) have had good success for perch, crappie and bluegills, especially on the warmer afternoons.  As the bays warm (some reports have surface temps hit the low 50’s), crappies and gills have moved into shallows.  They spook easily, but, long casts have produced ...
  • 4/26/2016 6:50:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Timely rain brings reprieve from high to very high fire danger; 14 Work*Play*Earth Day events this weekend  Timely rain this week has brought a reprieve, at least temporarily, to the high to...
  • 4/26/2016 6:45:00 PM
    The Root River Steelhead Facility webpage has been updated with the latest weir information along with the latest fishing information from the Root River. The Facility is closed for the season. Please visit the page for this updated information. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakemichigan/RootRiverReport.html
  • 4/20/2016 11:50:00 AM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts: The 2016 lake sturgeon run on the Winnebago System tributaries continues to move swiftly with day 2 of the run now in the books.  This run has been very intense and we literally had fish spawning on 4 different rivers, while also spawning from Shawano all the way downstream to New London on the Wo...
  • 4/20/2016 11:45:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast predicts a fairly mild, wet week ahead, but spring rain showers are certainly better than “other” forms of precipitation – and do believe we can handle the high temperatures around 60 degrees. Perhaps spring has (finally, really, truly) arrived in the North Woods! “This is the official/unofficial d...
  • 4/20/2016 11:45:00 AM
    Plan to join us Memorial Day Weekend for our Inaugural Antique & Classic Wooden Boat & Car Show at Little Bohemia Lodge. Stay for adventure, relaxation, romance, business or pleasure….. Shop, dine and play….. All will enjoy their time in beautiful Manitowish Waters! Find all your travel information at ManitowishWaters.org ...
  • 4/18/2016 8:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:It's mid-April meaning that many people's attention is starting to shifttowards the lake sturgeon spawning run on the Winnebago System, particularlythe Wolf River.  The above average temperatures the last few days have alsospurred a lot of interest and questions regarding when the fish will bespawning.&nb...
  • 4/18/2016 8:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well my forecast on Saturday was pretty accurate.  Our crew was able to collect 13 fish from the upper Fox River (8 at Princeton and 5 at Berlin) yesterday.  This may not be a large number of fish, but that is a good day for the upper Fox River, particularly given that we...
  • 4/18/2016 7:45:00 PM
    John Luthens, left, and Jerry Kiesow at the Cedarburg Library these week signing their books. Jerry Kiesow, a regular writer for On Wisconsin Outdoors, has written his second book: “Photos, Poems, and a Little Bit of Prose,” and what a book.  Not that it is large, it isn’t, only 58 pages, but all is all  fou...
  • 4/18/2016 7:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Currently water levels are excellent for some early trout fishing.  Current regulations require all trout to be released back into streams.  Weeds and grasses have not grown up yet and this makes for better casting and traveling along the stream banks.  With the up coming warm weather bugs should be coming out ...
  • 4/18/2016 7:30:00 PM
    The Natural Resources Board has approved the 2016 migratory game bird seasons at their Apr. 13th meeting.  The approved seasons have been posted in an Approved Migratory Game Bird Seasons summary document on the waterfowl webpage.  The 2016 migratory game bird regulations will be available in the upcoming wee...
  • 4/18/2016 7:30:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information. Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view this latest information.
  • 4/13/2016 11:35:00 AM
    The 2016 Spring Turkey season is upon us and the birds are gobbling up a storm. The walleye bite on the river has been pretty good but the next few weeks should be some of the best fishing of the season. With the early spring that we are seeing this year turkey hunters will have a variety of locations to give their luck a shot.  With little...
  • 4/13/2016 11:30:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3927  MADISON - More than 4,300 people came out to participate in the 2016 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indi...
  • 4/13/2016 11:25:00 AM
    We’re about a month away from the inaugural Wisconsin Opener Fishing & Outdoor Expo, sponsored by Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, and we are gearing up for an incredible event!. We are pleased to announce that pro angler Shaw Grigsby will be joining us for the expo! Grigsby, a pro angler from Florida and host of One More Cast with Sha...
  • 4/13/2016 11:20:00 AM
    Deer season recommendations to be finalized at April County Deer Advisory Council meetingsMADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will prepare their final antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations during the last round of spring meetings from April 18-21. - Read Full Article Where’s Walleye? Major tagging...
  • 4/12/2016 10:35:00 AM
    Over the last two weeks we have had many changes, cool nights, over four inches of rain and snow along with all the dams opening and closing. Talking about some not so good walleye fishing is an understatement. With the upcoming warmer weather over the next two weeks the spawning should come to an end. As of today we have had water temperature...
  • 4/12/2016 10:30:00 AM
    It has been strung out for weeks now, but, the ice fishing season in the Lakeland area should be over by this weekend.  With the south end of Big Arbor Vitae Lake and the east end of Lake Tomahawk still holding on to barely safe ice (thanks to overnight lows in the single digits).  The forecast for this weekend with a six day stretch of m...
  • 4/12/2016 10:30:00 AM
    By John Luthens I’ve searched high and low for the image of Lady Luck. I’d love to picture her as a wispy mermaid, taking me by the hand and cutting me in on the unfathomed secrets of the outdoors. I’ve hunted lost ponds and fished the fastest rivers. I’ve trekked the deepest swamps and peered into stained waters.  Th...
  • 4/12/2016 10:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman With a bit of luck, Monday’s scattered flurries and snow squalls signaled the end of winter in the North Woods. Once we move past Tuesday, should the current forecast hold, the remainder of the week looks very good, with highs in the mid to upper 60-degree range! At Hayward Bait, Bob, Sonya, and guide Steve Genson ...
  • 4/12/2016 10:25:00 AM
    The Root River Steelhead Facility webpage has been updated with the latest weir information along with the latest fishing information from the Root River. The Facility is closed for the season and stop logs on the dam will be removed once water levels drop. Please visit the page for this updated information. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakem...