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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 3/31/2015 9:40:00 PM
    Emergency rule to be considered at April Natural Resources Board meeting MADISON, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will seek to maintain a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory through a proposed emergency rule that will be considered by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Boar...
  • 3/31/2015 9:40:00 PM
    You are subscribed to Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Check the angler education page for updates to instructor training workshops. (It might not be posted until Friday.) Look for a workshop scheduled for April 22 in B...
  • 3/31/2015 9:40:00 PM
    Cold temps for late March (single digit mornings to start the weekend) put a huge stall on the spring thaw. Despite just enough warmth in the afternoons to get rid of mid weeks snow, it’s been 9 days of no ice melt, possibly even adding a little ice.Bluegill: Fair. With a lot of high pressure and high wind, the bluegill bite has been off. Bes...
  • 3/31/2015 9:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman A wet start to what appears will be a wet week with fluctuating temperatures. The temperatures are generally moving in the right direction (i.e., warmer!), though with a few setbacks now and then. Keep in mind we are enjoying spring weather earlier than in the past two years! “Pay attention to conditions around shorelines, curre...
  • 3/30/2015 10:15:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:A couple weeks back I sent an email out about a tagging project that we are conducting with yellow perch in the Winnebago System. As part of that project I worked with our office of communications staff here at the Wisconsin DNR to produce a short video about the project. This video was uploaded to our DN...
  • 3/27/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Though We lost some ice last week due to the warm weather, since Saturday (3/21) cold temps have held the ice we have in check. This is leaving the anglers with 16-24" of ice on average to keep fishing on. While trucks are being driven on the south end of Big Arbor Vitae, it's not really a good idea. It's best to use ATV's, snowmobiles or foot traf...
  • 3/27/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman This week looks to offer another bump or two on the road to spring, but the extended forecast shows a fairly consistent slide into more moderate temperatures. Just not quickly enough for some people! Although we are nearing the “tweener” season, there are still many activities and events available in the Hayward area. Be s...
  • 3/27/2015 5:25:00 PM
    Brooklyn Center, MN – The USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management presented the “Conservation Leadership Partner of the Year Award” to Wildlife Forever (WF) at the 100th Assembly of the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska recently.  The special recognition is in honor of con...
  • 3/27/2015 5:25:00 PM
    Brooklyn Center, MN – Wildlife Forever (WF), announces new efforts to stop the spread of invasive species by promoting responsible outdoor recreation through the new Clean Drain Dry Initiative (CD2). Unveiled at the 100th Assembly of the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, the initiative ch...
  • 3/23/2015 7:25:00 PM
    Warm weather has started to deteriorate the ice conditions around the area. Cooler nights will slow down the melting process, but we still have some warmer days in the forecast. This time of year you need to use extreme caution when accessing the ice. Depending on the lake, you're able to find fish shallow, and also find those fish deep. Finding a...
  • 3/23/2015 7:20:00 PM
    This conference is open to all active, retired, apprentice, junior instructors, Department of Natural Resources Staff, and supporters of Hunter Education and their families. The Annual Conference will be held at the Hotel Mead & Convention Center in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  Address and reservation information is below.  Regist...
  • 3/23/2015 7:10:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and wife Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Although it is definitely getting toward the end of the ice fishing season, people are still traveling out on the bay from certain...
  • 3/19/2015 7:50:00 PM
    Warm weather in the last week has continued to melt snow and ice on lakes and rivers.  Only the far northern tier of counties are reporting any measurable snow remaining, with up to 8 inches still some shaded woody areas of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, but even there most south facing slopes are bare. The unseasonably w...
  • 3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:The unseasonably warm temperatures of last week forced our spring fieldseason to get started a bit early this year.  Our DNR fisheries crewcurrently have fyke nets set on Little Lake Butte des Morts as part of a5-year rotational comprehensive survey.  We also have fyke nets set in theFox River i...
  • 3/19/2015 6:55:00 PM
    Click to view PDF of: 2014 Winnebago System Walleye Report
  • 3/19/2015 6:55:00 PM
    Click here to view a PDF of: Winnebago System Bluegill Electrofishing Survey Summary Report – 2013-2014
  • 3/19/2015 6:50:00 PM
    This past week we have seen ice conditions deteriorate drastically. With the warm temperatures and recent rain shoreline areas are now breaking apart and mid lake areas, especially lakes with current are starting to open up. Recent reports have a truck or two going through the ice on the Willow Reservoir. Despite the diminishing ice cond...
  • 3/19/2015 6:50:00 PM
    March 17, 2015 50 years of rail trails in Wisconsin celebration kicks off with June 6 eventMADISON – Fifty years ago Wisconsin became the first state to convert an abandoned railroad corridor into a recreational trail -- the Elroy-Sparta State Trail -- initiating a “rails to trails” movement across the state, nation and...
  • 3/16/2015 1:25:00 PM
    An unseasonable warm spell with temperatures into the 50s this week has brought most winter snow recreation to an end across the state.  Snowmobile trails are now closed statewide and cross-country ski trails are mostly closed, with only a few opportunities remaining for the ski-until-the snow-is-gone-crowd, with conditions fair at best and th...
  • 3/16/2015 1:25:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Roger LaPenter and Carolyn Swartz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing is still good, but with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, it won’t last too much longer. This might be the last we...
  • 3/16/2015 1:20:00 PM
    Previews & Reviews March 2015 That’s Why I’m A Conservation Patron! Click here to play video Three reasons to become a Conservation Patron: Support wildlife management and research; conserve natural resources; and leave a legacy for future generations. Purchasing this one license offers man...
  • 3/16/2015 1:15:00 PM
      This past week we have seen a dramatic change in temperature and because of that, the fishing and conditions on the lakes in central and north central Wisconsin have gotten much better. Fishing for panfish has been very good with limit catches of bluegills, crappies and perch.  The crappies and bluegills have been holding in s...
  • 3/11/2015 9:20:00 AM
    March 9, 2015 Steve Suman It is truly amazing how quickly, and significantly, weather conditions can change! Only a few days ago the morning low was 27 degrees below zero and now we have highs in the 50s for the entire week! We will see, but the month of March looks to be mild, according to long-term forecast. “Cold weather early last week...
  • 3/9/2015 4:05:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler The weather finally took a swing to much warmer temperatures.  Trout fishermen were out in numbers and enjoying getting those first casts in.  I am not much on the fly fishing but I usually notice small hatches during the warmth of the day.  Spinner action is excellent with Panther Martins in gold or silver bei...
  • 3/9/2015 4:05:00 PM
    By John Luthens I left work on a Friday and started the drive home. It was pink and red in the west and I could see the frozen field hedges and bare trees bordering the road. It was the same road and the same trees and fields as always. There was still enough light in the sky to see them as more than winter shadows. The windows were shut and the ...