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7/16/2019
Kevin Wallenfang and his tournament winning, 46-inch musky just prior to release Fishing has been as hot as the weather for our circle of family and friends, and anglers participating in the 16th Annual Bob Ellis Row Trolling Classic. The Classic was started in 2003 by fishing guide Patricia Strutz to memorialize Bob Ellis, a legendary northern Wisconsin row troller inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2008 for his im...
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  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Fisheries Enthusiasts:   Our Oshkosh fisheries staff has been fielding quite a few questions about the progress of the walleye spawn and the impacts of lower water on this year’s spawn.  As a result, Adam Nickel (walleye biologists) drafted the following response for distribution   Hello Winnebago Enthusiasts...
  • 4/9/2015 2:10:00 PM
    Great action in the central Wisconsin area for anglers as the y head out to open water for the first few times of the season. The walleye bite (despite low water) has been exceptionally good so far this season with not only numbers of fish but some real lunkers too.  Most of the action has been in the deeper pools on the...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    MADISON -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that maintains a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory.The department developed the rule to manage the walleye fishery after listening to citizens and stakeholders eager for more predictable and uniform angling regulatio...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    As you all have probably heard by now, Canine Influenza (CIV) has been positively diagnosed in dogs from the Chicago Area. There are also cases in Indiana and Iowa.  Good Morning America reported today that there is one positive case in Milwaukee. Since this is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    Updated on 4-8-2015: the info brief has been posted for the following item on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April agenda: 7.A.
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Steve Suman Ice is deteriorating on North Wood’s lakes, an encouraging sign of spring, yet we had a four-inch snowfall Easter Sunday night! Additional “precipitation” in the forecast this week will be short-lived, with high temperatures in the 40- to 60-degree range. “This year,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “we s...
  • 4/9/2015 1:45:00 PM
    Following a weekend of several reports of anglers breaking thought…one needing rescue, thankfully no fatalities as earlier rumored…ice fishing is nearly over for the season.  Big Arbor Vitae still holds fishable ice on the south shore as of today (4/7) as do a few other protected bays, but, with ice thickness of 11-14’ of ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:40:00 PM
    I dodged four lanes of traffic to reach the sidewalk of the Oshkosh Avenue Drawbridge over the Fox River. The bridge shook and swayed as a rush of commuters scurried through Oshkosh and headed home for the evening. Through the bustle, I could just make out the slower motion of jigging rods as fishermen leaned along the rails in the last rays of the...
  • 4/9/2015 1:35:00 PM
    Updates regarding the agendas and minutes of meetings for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov//About/WCC/meetings.html
  • 4/9/2015 1:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report Summary  Complete Outdoor Report  (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Weather Last week's snow has melted, leaving muddy trails and drying, wildfire-ready conditions in its wake. Please make sure that ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:30:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm weather and rain...
  • 4/3/2015 12:35:00 PM
    MADISON - On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 7:00 pm, there will be 72 publichearings[PDF]<http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2015/2015locations.pdf>, one in each county where individuals interested in natural resourcesmanagement have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding voteand testimony on proposed rul...
  • 4/3/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Warm weather and an earlier spring than we have been used to the past few years is putting an end to ice fishing. I wouldn't recommend anyone to try ice fishing as the ice is definitely not safe.  We have just over a month and we can start looking forward to open water fishing season. It's always a hard thing to wait for, but there's still a ...
  • 4/3/2015 12:30:00 PM
  • 3/31/2015 9:50:00 PM
    Good morning all, Well, it was supposed to be a nice day yesterday.  It wasn't, but I went anyway.  That is after three hours of collecting sap.  Second day in a row and will do it again later today. Did I sleep well? Well ... ask my wife.  Never got to church last night.  Didn't wake until 6:30 this morn...
  • 3/31/2015 9:45:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm we...
  • 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...