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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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  • 2/10/2014 8:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon enthusiasts: Day 2 of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season is in the books and, similar to yesterday, spearers were able to harvest some very nice fish.  The south end of Lake Winnebago was once again the hot spot with Wendt’s on the Lake leading the way with 76 fish on day 2.  The registra...
  • 2/9/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Season opens with a big day! Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attached PDF document shows the harvest ...
  • 2/9/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Photos courtesy of Diane Schauer Marty Franzen with his 130 lb sturgeon, Quinney Jeff Whitney's first sturgeon, 47 lbs Stockbridge First Sturgeon ever, Wendt's
  • 2/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attach...
  • 2/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
    I wanted to provide some background information on just how this season’s opening day compared to opening day in past seasons that had similar regulations.  Most notably the 6-hour season was initiated in 2002, so I compared this year’s opening day harvest to opening days since 2002.  The attached document shows the average ...
  • 2/7/2014 12:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers and Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago Pool Lakes gets underwaytomorrow and excitement is in the air, and that is an understatement!  I just wanted to bring some things to your attention leading up to the season. The DNR will be sending out updates via twitter duri...
  • 2/6/2014 9:05:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: The trout and salmon fishing has been good this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Islands. Anglers ...
  • 2/6/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Fishing Reports for Washburn County 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. ...
  • 2/6/2014 9:00:00 PM
    Great walleye, northern pike and panfish action in the central Wisconsin area this past week.  The Central Wisconsin area has been putting out good numbers of panfish this past week with crappies and bluegills topping the list. Most action is coming from large flats in 8 to 12 feet of water working submerged structure. Finding the str...
  • 2/6/2014 8:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The extreme cold temperatures continue without snow this week. In addition, the extended forecast currently in play indicates a warming trend beginning about February 10 – and even a few days above freezing! “Very few anglers are braving the bitterly cold conditions,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “The additio...
  • 2/6/2014 8:40:00 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 2013-2014 Download the fishing season dates for 2013-2014 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. Be sure to always use caution on froz...
  • 2/6/2014 8:40:00 PM
    Ice and water clarity conditions updated for sturgeon spearing season OSHKOSH – With just days to go before the 2014 Winnebago lake sturgeon spearing season opens Feb. 8, state fisheries officials report that water clarity and ice conditions, the best in a decade and the keys to spearing success, continue to improve.   -&n...
  • 2/6/2014 8:40:00 PM
    Hope we are starting to see the bottom here.  Cold and snow continued last week.  A bit of a break this past weekend and beginning of the week, but, Wednesday and Thursday cold again then this week cold again with things improving again for the weekend.  Travel conditions on the lakes continue to deteriorate due to snow and slush.&n...
  • 2/6/2014 8:30:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Two of our fine DNR Fisheries Technicians were out checking water clarity today, and as we expected, conditions have improved since our last readings on January 9.  The specific results are shown below, but there appears to be 14-16 feet of visibility throughout most of Lake Winnebago.  Thes...
  • 2/6/2014 8:25:00 PM
    EAU CLAIRE, WI (February 05, 2014):  Calling all Hunters!  The Wisconsin Sport Show is proud to announce the 2014 Antler Contest sponsored by Scheels.  This contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded by random drawing of all entries.  Whitetail trophies will be measured by certified measurers with each ...
  • 2/3/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Frequently Asked Questions - February 2, 2014 The Frequently Asked Questions features recent warden-related questions taken by wardens and the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463. This edition answers quest...
  • 1/30/2014 9:30:00 PM
    ~ Fishing Guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Fishing Guide Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn and Bait Shop, 715-682-3232 (http://riverrockinn.net), report the following: The trout and salmon fishing has been excellent this past week on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior as more anglers get further out in the Apostle Islands. Ang...
  • 1/29/2014 1:55:00 PM
    2014 NATIONAL PHEASANT FEST & QUAIL CLASSIC IS ONLY 2 WEEKS AWAY....MARK YOUR CALENDARPlan On Attending!  Prime Leather Finishes and Prime Coatings based in Pewaukee, Wisconsin will be in Booth #934 and #936. Come Visit us and Spend some time at our Booth!Friday, Feb 14 through Sunday Feb. 16, 2014...
  • 1/29/2014 12:20:00 PM
  • 1/29/2014 11:50:00 AM
    After spending a long and futile day ice fishing on Pewaukee Lake recently, Rich Heitman and Tyler Kinziger moved to Moose Lake in Waukesha County and found more cooperative water.  They caught and released nine pike, including this fatty held by Heitman that measured in at exactly 30 inches.
  • 1/29/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Uncle!!! We’ve had enough!  Another polar vortex, schools closed, temps 20 below, wind child to 50 below.  Hopefully Mother Nature will reward us with a nice February. When you could fish, catching wasn’t so bad.  Good reports from the less the average amount of anglers on the ice.  A few places seemed crowded if ac...
  • 1/29/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast predicts more snow, cold, and wind, though with some slight improvement later in the week. Snowmobilers should take note: Riders report trail conditions across northwest Wisconsin are the best in years. “This will be a winter to remember,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “with wind chill advisories of -25 to -...
  • 1/29/2014 11:15:00 AM
    By John Luthens Standing on the trestle bridge spanning the Milwaukee River in summer, I could look down at the island below the bridge and see the deep cuts of the river clearly.  Smallmouth bass fanned in the current and pike sulked along the weed lines.  In summer, the water below the bridge was a good five feet deep. There wa...
  • 1/29/2014 10:55:00 AM
    Lots of snow in Central Wisconsin is making for difficult travel on area lakes.  But for the anglers still willing and able to get out the bite has been good for big walleyes, nice crappies, some dandy catfish, and a few nice perch and pike. The best action has been early and late in the day on all species except the pike which have b...
  • 1/24/2014 3:50:00 PM
    FOX VALLEY, Wis. - Some very big fish - with the heft of heavy weight boxers - are cruising below the thick ice of Lake Winnebago as the 2014 sturgeon spearing season approaches. And this frigid winter, while it's been wreaking havoc on motorists and pedestrians, is setting the stage for what could be a record-busting year for spear fishermen. The...