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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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  • 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...
  • 2/13/2015 1:35:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler I have been watching the weather on days I like to fish and partly cloudy are the best.  The mornings during the first three hours have produced very good fishing.  Ice is thick in most places with a few springs along the shoreline keeping water open if you’re fishing the backwaters of the Wisconsin River.&nb...
  • 2/13/2015 1:30:00 PM
    Annual bird conservation meeting will focus on supporting private landownersCHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – Interested landowners can join experts from around the state to learn more about how they can help birds in their own backyards.  -  Read Full Article DNR historical photos available onlineMADISON -- Gypsy Rose Lee holding a...
  • 2/13/2015 1:30:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3489 FITCHBURG, Wis. -- The public is invited to an informational meeting on state, local and federal response efforts to the discovery in October 2013 of the New Zealand mudsnail in Black Earth Creek, Dane County. The meeting is set forFebruary 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cross Plains Public Libr...
  • 2/13/2015 1:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Our DNR crew had been out checking water clarity a couple of weeks ago (January 27) and at that time water clarity was very good.  Due to ice conditions at that time, the crew checked clarity at numerous spots along the East and North shore of Lake Winnebago.  Here are the wat...
  • 2/10/2015 12:40:00 PM
    Kevin Fassbind earns title of Last Angler Standing 2/7/15-Madison, WI Thirteen anglers and 7 scorers showed up at 7AM for the second annual Ice Duels on Monona Bay.  The weather was perfect, the Bluegill’s were biting and everyone was eager to fish the only head to head, double elimination ice fishing tournament in America. ...
  • 2/10/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Following a chilly week, temps got nice enough over the weekend to get anglers out on the ice. Many experienced good, though not great fishing- but after the way things were in mid-January, good is pretty darn nice.Northern Pike: Good. Action is picking up. Fish of all sizes doing well on large baits (suckers & shiners) in weeds of 6-12', wit...
  • 2/10/2015 12:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Mild temperatures to start this week give way to a brief “cooling” spell through from mid-week through the weekend, with (at this time) light snow with no major accumulation. Get out and enjoy winter – it is winding down already! “Walleye anglers continue to do well,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. &ldqu...
  • 2/10/2015 12:30:00 PM
    What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, travel on the ice was almost impossible with the amount of snow and slush we had. Right now, travel is very easy on the ice which is a good thing when wanting to chase finicky mid-winter fish. I always like to say, stay mobile and always continue to look for the right fish you want to catch. S...
  • 2/5/2015 8:05:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for February 5, 2014 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow in southern Wisconsin allows ski trails, and a few snowmobile trails to open; most candlelight events...
  • 2/5/2015 7:55:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is calling on the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to stick to the facts when making presumptions about wildlife populations. CBD recently claimed that Idaho’s wolf population is on the verge of endangered status when, in reality, the Idaho Department of ...
  • 2/5/2015 7:50:00 PM
    February is one of those months that can make for some tough fishing. Fish are settled in their winter haunts, and some are not to overly aggressive. Location is a big factor to help get bites  The walleyes are sitting in deep water at this time of year. Some are suspended chasing open water baitfish, while some are still cruising the bo...
  • 2/5/2015 7:50:00 PM
    Save the date!!!!   The conference will be held on April 18th, 2015 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids.     Click below to download the conference flyer and registration form. 2015 Hunter Education Conference Flyer & Registration Form Conference Agenda 
  • 2/5/2015 7:50:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE – Kids 15-years-old and younger are invited to discover the joys of ice fishing at the 24th annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Clinics on Saturday, Feb. 14, at park lagoons in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. The free clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will receive instruction on the proper...
  • 2/5/2015 7:45:00 PM
    MADISON - From managing the successful Lake Winnebago sturgeon fishery tooverseeing implementation of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, Ron Bruch'swork with the Department of Natural Resources has created numerous benefitsfor anglers while improving fish and wildlife habitat throughout the state.A 38-year veteran of DNR who started with the departm...
  • 2/5/2015 7:35:00 PM
    Down to just four weekends of the gamefish season left! Luckily things did improve some this past week, not great, but definitely better than that two week "dead zone" we had a couple of weeks ago.Walleye: Good. The bite is improving, especially for the after dark crowd. Sandgrass flats or humps of 18-28' producing #'s of nice eaters for anglers ...