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  • 1/8/2020 7:10:00 PM
    We are super excited to announce Jim & Eva Shockey will appear at DF 2020 July 31st to August 2nd.  We're headed to ATA tomorrow and will work on additional guest appearances as well. DF 2020 will also add two new features with "Free Bow Friday" allowing anyone who brings their bow to the event FREE ADMISSION on Friday.  We wil...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Fishing Report January 7, 2020 Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has 6-9 inches of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of Perch, Wal...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Accidents and tragedy put a pall over ice fishing and outdoor activities this past week as reports of two ATV’s and three snowmobiles broke through the ice.  Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to up here and to the families and hometowns of those who passed. To cla...
  • 1/8/2020 7:00:00 PM
    January 6, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week indicates a few chances for snow, with some subzero night temperatures good for ice building and trail grooming, and moderate daytime highs. This is about as comfortable as it gets for winter activities, though some people might find it too warm! Get out and enjoy all of the outdoor a...
  • 1/3/2020 10:35:00 AM
    19th Intermediate & Advanced Muskie Fishing School To Be Held Saturday March 14, 2020 at Waunakee HS   Contact: capitalcitymuskiesinc.org, Geoff Crandall crandall@msbnrg.com (608-219-0164 mobile) or Steve Reinstra at mpd339r@charter.net or 608-770-7131.   The Capital City Chapter of Muskies, In...
  • 1/3/2020 10:30:00 AM
    Ice fishing this season has gotten off to a rocky start but anglers are putting in their time and they are finding a few nice fish.  Ice conditions around the state vary drastically and it has impeded accessibility on many of the northern lakes. But with some caution and careful planning determined anglers are getting out on the ice. The ...
  • 1/3/2020 10:30:00 AM
    December 30, 2019 Steve Suman The forecast calls for snow early in the week, with somewhat cooler temperatures. How this change affects ice and trail conditions depends on how much snow falls and how low the temperatures drop. Happy New Year! “There is a lot of snow and slush on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, ...
  • 12/25/2019 11:05:00 AM
    December 23, 2019 Steve Suman   The Hayward area has warmer temperatures on tap for this week, but a number of days show chances for a “wintery mix” that includes rain, freezing rain, snow – and various combinations of the three. If you are traveling, keep an eye on the weather, pay close attention to road conditions, and ...
  • 12/22/2019 6:20:00 PM
  • 12/22/2019 6:10:00 PM
    December 9, 2019 Steve Suman   If record snowfall the first day of December left any doubt, sub-zero temperatures this week should drive home the point winter arrived – even if it is not “official” until December 21. However, the current extended forecast shows somewhat of a warming trend returning next week, with little i...
  • 12/7/2019 12:50:00 PM
    Winter has finally decided to show up and in a big way, unfortunately it is going to create some concerns and difficulty with the upcoming ice fishing season.  The recent warm weather has deteriorated the ice and now with the heavy dumping of snow the ice conditions are going to be unstable and sketchy at best. If you plan on heading out use...
  • 12/7/2019 12:35:00 PM
    December 2, 2019 Steve Suman The North Woods received an abundance (some might say over-abundance) of snow this past weekend. However, this heavy, water-laden snow combining with relatively mild temperatures and sunshine will likely delay some snowmobile and ski trail grooming and degrade already questionable ice conditions. The current forecast ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2020 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 10th annual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 14th -16th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best fi...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Contact(s): Todd Kalish, Deputy Director Fisheries Management, 608-266-5285, Todd.Kalish@wisconsin.govDecember 5, 2019 at 4:06:42 pm MADISON, Wis. - To enhance fishing success and opportunities for all Lake Michigan anglers, while sustaining a balanced and vibrant fisheries community, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has releas...
  • 11/30/2019 7:00:00 AM
    November 25, 2019 Steve Suman   The current weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day looks reasonably good, but the days leading up to and following it not so much, particularly Tuesday night through Wednesday. Snow accumulation estimates are in a state of flux. People traveling for the holiday should keep up-to-the-minute current on condition...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is!  We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish.  The recent rain has slowed down on all the ice fishing on both the Inlands and on the Shoreline! This can all change if Mother Nature cooperates! Stay tuned; Hopefull...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Last week’s rain only caused a little deterioration of the surface ice that had formed.  For areas that were fishable, good safe ice remained.  Weekend’s weather, though above freezing for a small time, was not enough to mess up ice, but not enough cold to build more ice. Walleye:  Very Good – Fish in as little as ...
  • 11/30/2019 6:45:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished November 26, 2019    2020 Wisconsin State Park Stickers on Sale Dec. 1 Contest Now Open for High School Students to Enter Artwork for 2021 State Park Stickers Contact(s): Paul Holtan, 608-267-7517, paul.holtan@wi.govTo Order Stickers: DNR Customer Service, 1-888-936-7463 2020 Wisconsin State Park admission stic...
  • 11/27/2019 8:05:00 AM
    November 18, 2019 Steve Suman   At this time, the forecast for this week currently indicates a mostly moist week that includes drizzle, rain, sleet, snow and a combination of all, but with little to no accumulation (again, at this time). Temperatures remain somewhat milder, with highs primarily in the mid to high 30s. The current prediction...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports:  There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is! There are some anglers going Inland to fish but we stress safety! We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish. We have some ice forming on the shoreline. Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports:&nb...
  • 11/16/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Introducing the Henry Texas Tribute Edition We are pleased to introduce the Henry Texas Tribute Edition rifle as an homage to the great Lone Star State. This new model is s...
  • 11/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
    Anglers All reports:  Fishing is on hold until we have good ice reports. We have some ice forming on the shoreline, but we don't know how long it will last. Reminder to the stream Anglers that the late season on Lake Superior Tributary Streams closes November 15th. Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports:  We are in-be...
  • 11/12/2019 5:55:00 PM
    November 11, 2019 Steve Suman   This week started with colder temperatures and snow flurries – and it appears the weather will continue in this manner through the weekend. According to the current forecast, highs this week will range from 18 to 35 degrees, with lows ranging from -2 to 19 degrees. For comparison, the November aver...
  • 11/12/2019 5:55:00 PM
    Fishing Report It’s ON!  But not quite like Donkey Kong!  We have fishable ice (2½-3”+) on lots of area lakes, yet still open water on the larger lakes for the Musky anglers trying to get one last try at a monster. Wind has been the biggest factor in keeping ice from forming (“yea” from the Musky anglers/...
  • 11/12/2019 5:50:00 PM
    Anglers All reports:  Anglers are catching fish right now! Anglers are doing well casting the rocky shoreline for Brown Trout from the Inner Islands into the Bay. Trollers are targeting shallower areas especially near the stream mouths, primarily using stickbaits. The Streams have some Steelheads right now; but keep an eye on the weather condi...