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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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  • 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 ...
  • 3/9/2015 4:00:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:The spearing season on the Winnebago Pool Lakes ended a little less than twoweeks ago and our DNR crew has been busy ever since.  The majority of theharvest data has been entered and I am now able to send out some moredetailed information about this year's harvest, including the fin...
  • 3/9/2015 4:00:00 PM
    It's over! - February 21 2015 sturgeon spearing season summaries Successful spearers in 2015 [PDF] Sturgeon harvest totals by county [PDF] Sturgeon harvest totals by station and area [PDF] The 2015 sturgeon spearing season is now complete and I think this season will be looked upon fondly by many spearers.  Today was by...
  • 3/5/2015 9:45:00 PM
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  • 3/4/2015 7:30:00 PM
    gokfin.com  Troll & Drift Better Quick Release Weights - Bottom Bouncers - And more.  Special show pricing on everything at Booth 944.... including Kwik Attract Lures. Booth will have rods set up so you can test for yourself how sweet all of our Quick Release products really are. Get the latest copy of On Wisconsin Outdoors at o...
  • 3/4/2015 7:25:00 PM
    This past week has been very good for all species of fish. We had a great time on the Winnebago system chasing walleyes, crappies and white bass for the Battle on Bago.  We ended up catching quite a few nice walleyes, a 14 inch crappie, and a pile of white bass. The key to finding our fish amongst the thousands of anglers was our Humm...
  • 3/4/2015 7:10:00 PM
    Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/ Angler Education instructor training and certification workshops are scheduled for later this month. Sign up to hold your spot.
  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    FITCHBURG, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources will partner with the Dane County Department of Land and Water Resources and the Friends of Indian Lake County Park in a joint water quality and fishery improvement project on Indian Lake in the county’s Indian Lake County Park. The lake has a history of winter kill, a phenomenon co...
  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    The game fish season ended on Sunday, March 1st. For what it's worth it actually ended very well compared to past years when the season closed with hardly a whisper. But now that its over.....who cares?! Panfish is where its at now! While reports have not been great yet, A look at the forecast should put us right in line for some hot panfish acti...
  • 3/4/2015 7:05:00 PM
    March County Deer Advisory Council meetings will focus on antlerless harvest quota recommendationsMADISON -- Deer population objectives in each county have been approved for a three-year period, and County Deer Advisory Councils will meet for the first time in 2015 beginning March 16.  -  Read Full Article Disease sampling...