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  • 2/20/2015 10:55:00 AM
    Wow the fishing this past week has been fantastic.  Lots of great opportunities for walleyes, perch, crappies, gills and pike.  Most of the fish have come by targeting big open flats and channel edges for perch and crappies and shallow weeds for gills and pike.  The best advice for finding fish right now is to use your Humminbird e...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Frigid temperatures slow outdoor activities; sturgeon spearing season winding down Wisconsin was experiencing some frigid temperatures this week with reports of near minus 30 degrees in the Northwo...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark.  However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark  and the season will continue at l...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Once we start to get some steady warmer weather, that should start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here. When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them in low light periods, or...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Namekag...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Upriver lakes season closesToday marked the final day of the 2015 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The season closed with a harvest of 288 fish (59.5% of license holders), including 9 fish tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. As I stated yesterday the 5 day season is on par with the average season on the Upriver Lakes since the lott...
  • 2/19/2015 1:50:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 166 fish (152 from Lake Winnebago and 14 from the Upriver Lakes).  The largest fish harvested today was registered at Critter’s by Thomas Hillman (70.9” and 125.1 pounds) (photo).  A more detailed report of number of fish harvested ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    2015 Upriver Lakes Season Winding DownComing into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  Of the 27 fish harvested on the Upriver Lakes today, 8 were adult females meaning thattomorrow (Wednesday) will be the last day of the 2015 Upriver Lakes ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler To be a good ice fisherman for the backwaters along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to Boscobel takes a little preparation.  I like to fish the sloughs in the spring and summer, as it gives me a chance to locate the best fishing.  I have found that the fish will be there come winter and through trial and error...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Back by popular demand: free lottery aids landowners in learning what lives on their land[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Landowners and others can learn more about entering the lottery to win a free customized landowner conservation report for their property during a live online chat Feb. 24. The live chat begins at noon Tuesday, Feb. 24. To particip...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    This week of artic blast shut the door on fish and fishing this past week.  Wind chills down to 25-30 below kept most anglers looking for other things to do.  Some improvement on Monday of this week, but by Wednesday it’s going to be super cold again.  Temps will be in the teens for the weekend. Pike: ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 4 of the 2015 spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 218 fish (191 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Coming into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Given the talk about the below average sturgeon condition (plumpness) this year, I wanted to get some more information out to you about the diet work and forage availability research that our fisheries crew conducts to track trends in foraging behavior of our lake sturgeon.  Below is a link to...
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Strong Harvest Trend ContinuesDay 3 of the 2015 spear fishery has come and gone and the harvest continues to stay strong. Spearers harvested a total of 233 fish from Lake Winnebago today, while the Upriver Lakes harvest included 36 fish. For the 3rd day in a row Stockbridge Harbor remained tops on the lake (62 fish) in terms of number of ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue through this week, moderating somewhat for Birkie weekend, and then moving to highs in the 20s next week – which is getting close to March! This past Saturday, participants in the Walleyes for Northwestern Wisconsin family ice fishing event had to contend with subzero temperatures. There was a good tur...
  • 2/17/2015 5:25:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 3 of the 2015 spear fishery has come and gone and the harvest continues to stay strong.  Spearers harvested a total of 233 fish from Lake Winnebago today, while the Upriver Lakes harvest included 36 fish.  For the 3rd day in a row Stockbridge Harbor remained tops on the lake (62 fish...
  • 2/17/2015 5:20:00 PM
    Frequently Asked Questions - February 13, 2015 Welcome to another edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You will recall the special edition of sturgeon spearing questions you received Wednesday. Here are a few more that just arrived in advance of the Lake Winnebago System Sturgeon Spea...
  • 2/17/2015 4:40:00 PM
    I recently sent out a sturgeon harvest report for opening day of the 2015 spearing season, but you may be wondering how does this year’s opening day harvest compare to year’s past.  Well it turns out that the opening day harvest of 467 fish on Lake Winnebago ranks 5th highest since the season moved to the shortened 6 hour sp...
  • 2/17/2015 4:40:00 PM
    Well the weather forecast was pretty accurate for the opening day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season.  As forecasted, we had very cold conditions and strong winds which led to very poor visibility for travel on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.  Ed Culhane from the DNR was out on Lake Winnebago this morning and captured a couple of ...
  • 2/17/2015 2:25:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well spearers were once again met with cold conditions on day 2 of the 2015 spearing season, but at least the winds had died down and visibility on the lake had substantially improved.  Shanty counts on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes remained similar to those observed on day 1 with the o...
  • 2/17/2015 2:20:00 PM
    John Luthens The thermometer bobbed undecidedly near the zero mark, but being that every flag was standing at full attention in a northwest windstorm, those few degrees, one way or another, blended meaninglessly into a whiteout. Pawing through every cold-weather layer I owned, I dimly recalled it was Valentines Day – a tailor-made day for c...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- The 2015 Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season kicks off Saturday and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a news conference starting at 12:45 p.m. at the Payne's Point registration station to provide an overview of the action. DNR has issued 13,134 licenses for sturgeon spearing and...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 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.  The mid-season ice fishing is really great with plenty of opportunities to haul in just about everything that swims out ther...
  • 2/13/2015 2:10:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for February 12, 2014 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Northern Wisconsin once again received up to 2 to 3 inches of snow in the last week with the south again missing out, ...
  • 2/13/2015 1:35:00 PM
    Frequently Asked Questions: Sturgeon Spearing Season - February 11, 2015 Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You may recall the FAQs Special Edition series during the recent gun-deer season. Warden Wire again is publishing this special editio...