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  • 5/27/2020 8:05:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman   Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think ...
  • 5/26/2020 6:20:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing has improved dramatically.  The holiday weekend was completely crazy!  Boats everywhere.              The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are located anywhere between 8 and 12 ft. of water on the spawning flats, such as Maytag p...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Fishing still remains difficult.  The water temperature has only risen a few degrees this week.  With the strong winds later in the week, the water was stirred up a bit.  Most of the action is very shallow around the boat docks. Largemouth bass have been caught while they have been cruising the shallow waters (3-4 ft.)  The bes...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Last week fishing on Delavan was hit or miss, you could catch fish all week if you weren’t particular about the species.  Largemouth bass and bluegills were the most consistent bite this week.  Walleyes were very spotty.   Largemouth bass are preparing to spawn, they are in 2-3 ft. of water.  I have yet to see them start...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    May 18, 2020 Steve Suman   Warm spring weather is finally arriving in the North Woods, just in time for Memorial Day. The forecast calls for high temperatures hitting the low 80s by the weekend, with lows dropping only to the low/mid 50s. This should be a great week to get outdoors and catch up on fresh air and sunshine!   “Ang...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Clean Air Act, Wisconsin’s State Trails & 50th Anniversary of Earth Day MADISON, Wis – New episodes of Wild Wisconsin – Off The Record, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ podcast, are now available on all major podcast platforms. The new episodes highlight the importance of the Clean Air ...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Outdoor and indoor exhibit packages - and promotions only packages still available   Wisconsin is now open ...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
    www.WisVetsMemorialDay2020.com   MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited Wisconsin veterans, family, and friends to join the WDVA and Governor Tony Evers to honor the fallen by participating in Memorial Day 2020: Wisconsin’s Virtual Commemoration, a state-wide Mem...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    With the cool weather, the water temperatures are still hovering around 49-50 degrees.  Fishing has been still relatively slow, but there are some fish being caught.                 Smallmouth bass fishing has been very sporadic.  The best way to catch the fish are whe...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters have until May 31 to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt. This fall marks the third official elk hunt in state history. Once widespread across North America, elk were eliminated from Wisconsin in the 1880s. Thanks to the support of many partners and th...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Public Comment Accepted Through June 12, 2020   MADISON, Wis -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is developing a master plan for properties it manages in the Central Sand Hills region, which includes all of Marquette County and portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green Lake, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebag...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Contact: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov  Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2 Anglers Encouraged To Fish Close To Home, All Regulations And License Requirements Apply Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Evers’&nb...
  • 5/17/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Snow (not as much as south of us, but any snow in May is too much), cold, and most of all wind has made the week following the opener rather tough.  Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights.  The shallows cool off every morning making late morning through dusk the bes...
  • 5/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
      First of all, we hope that his message finds you and yours safe and healthy. We still find ourselves in turbulent times, which sparked a recent blog post on our website that lays our thoughts on the...
  • 5/11/2020 6:00:00 PM
    Eight of the 11 previously closed DNR shooting ranges will reopen May 14 with special conditions. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – A limited number of the previously closed state shooting ranges in Wisconsin will reopen on Thursday, May 14 with special conditions. Under Gov. Evers Badger...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    High to Very High Fire Danger Continues During the Weekend Prevent wildfires this weekend during high fire danger. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gusty winds, very low humidity, and little-to-no precipitation lead to a weekend of critical fire weather conditions. The threat is predicted to continue into early next week...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    Wisconsin 2020 Elk Hunt Application Deadline May 31 A bull elk in northern Wisconsin. / Photo Credit: Jeff Morden MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters have until May 31 to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt. This fall marks the third official elk hunt in state history. Once widesprea...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    Spring Hearing Questionnaire Results Available Now Record-Setting Number Of Responses Received   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress received a record-setting 64,943 responses to the 2020 Spring Hearing Questionnaire featuring topics ranging from baiting and feeding deer ...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON - Veterans with questions about Wisconsin’s veterans programs, benefits and services are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC). Staff are standing by to answer questions and help veterans navigate eligibility processes for veteran and survivor benefits, pro...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
      Thank you to everyone who came together and supported us on #GivingTuesdayNow. We were able to raise over $2,100! Because of the generous contributions of patriots like you, Purple Heart Heroes are able to parti...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was disappointed to hear that once again the Ojibwe people are encountering such troubling and challenging situations when practicing their court-affirmed right to spear fish in the ceded territory. We continue to support their treaty rights and will provide whatever assi...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received results from surface water and sediment sampling performed in November 2019 to determine if per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are present in areas that are targeted for potential cleanup-related dredging across the US EPA-designated M...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    DNR News Roundup  ·         Fish Farms Seek Renewal Of Permits To Operate In Public Waters  ·         Grand River Marsh Dam Access Restricted As Dam Repair Construction Begins  ·       &...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day has arrived.  With the number of boats at the boat launch, all the other lakes in Walworth county have seen very high boat traffic.  Boat trailers were being parked all the way to South Shore drive.  The best action continues to be the panfish.  The bluegills are biting in the shallow water about 3-4 feet.  The ...