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Dick Ellis Blog:
2/14/2017
  The biggest fish to date on the Winnebago system was speared by Gerald Peterson and weighed in at 154 pounds. Not to be redundant from the blog two weeks ago, but if you have never witnessed the sturgeon spearing opening day festivities on Lake Winnebago and the upper lakes, lock it away for next year; you are missing something. Travel the whole world and you will never see a sturgeon population so healthy, so well managed, and so appre...
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  • 2/25/2017 4:15:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As expected there was a 0 fish harvest today, 3rd day in a row.  Tomorrow will be the last day of the season and I plan to put out more detailed reports following season closure.  So today's report is short, but much more information to come tomorrow!     We are...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    2/23/17- Reported by Long Lake Bait, Tackle & C-Store Ice conditions vary use extreme caution.  This is a pic below is from the narrows landing 2-22-17 at 5:30 p.m. anglers reporting in anywhere from 6" to just over a foot.  Shore lines and bays are beginning to deteriorate.  The snowmobile stakes were removed from the...
  • 2/23/2017 8:10:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We've been running on a 1 fish/day harvest for the last 2 days, but today was zeros across the board.  There were no fish registered on the Upriver Lakes or Lake Winnebago, so harvest numbers remain the same as yesterday (552 on Lake Winnebago; 295 on Upriver Lakes; system total 847...
  • 2/23/2017 8:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  I’ve been talking in many of my reports about the reduction in spearing effort, and in turn harvest. Well, today the inevitable finally happened; we had a 0 fish harvest on Lake Winnebago.  I’m not sure when the last 0 was recorded for a day of spearing on Lake Winnebago, but I’m ...
  • 2/23/2017 8:05:00 PM
    Grants available for teachers The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is now accepting grant applications from public school educators for outdoor environmental education. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is calling for grant applications for the Teachers’ Outdoors Environmental Education Grant Program (TOE...
  • 2/23/2017 7:55:00 PM
    Search for "lost treasure" in Wisconsin   Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa), a Wisconsin Threatened plant, is found only in old-growth white cedar swamps. Photo courtesy Tom Gibson Training is set for April at four regional locations for volunteers interested in searching Wisconsin’s best remaining prairies, savannas ...
  • 2/23/2017 7:55:00 PM
    County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide great opportunity to get involved in deer managementMADISON -- Beginning March 13, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands within their coun...
  • 2/23/2017 7:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The combination of unseasonably warm weather and rain is making winter activities in the North Woods a challenge. It is affecting ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing – especially this weekend’s American Birkebeiner, for which organizers are making a number of schedule changes. For the most current informatio...
  • 2/23/2017 7:50:00 PM
    St. Croix’s five new Eyecon trolling rods let walleye anglers see, feel and CATCH what they’ve been missing Park Falls, WI (February 20, 2017) – Unpredictable? Oh yeah. Fickle? Goes without saying. Heck, why don’t we just simply call ‘em plain ol’ picky and be done with it. And if you target what is arguably Nor...
  • 2/23/2017 7:45:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: We are now through the 2nd weekend of sturgeon spearing and effort continues to decrease with each passing day.  A total of 17 fish were registered today with 14 coming from Lake Winnebago and 3 more from the Upriver Lakes.  The largest fish in today’s harvest was 132.2 pounds (75.2&rdquo...
  • 2/23/2017 7:45:00 PM
    135,307 permits issued for 2017 spring turkey hunt - remaining permits available beginning March 20 The 2017 spring turkey permit drawing has ended and 135,307 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2017 turkey season - remaining p...
  • 2/20/2017 11:10:00 AM
    In addition to a host of fly tying experts, guides and manufacturer representatives, 10 seminars will take place throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge and experience on subjects such as northern trout habitat, women in fishing, and recent stream restoration projects that trout fishermen should take advantage of. OnWisconsinOutdoor...
  • 2/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    New Bacon Bloody Brunch to close out the Festival! The annual celebration of proud beer, wine, and cheese makers from across the country is approaching quickly. Now in its 15th year, the festival has continued to grow in size and popularity, becoming one of La Crosse, Wisconsin’s most sought-after events, selling out annually. In its 15th...
  • 2/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Angler Education for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. A few more spots remain open for the Angler Education Instructor Certification and Training workshop in Spooner, February 22. Contact Michael.Schmit@Wisconsin.gov, 608-261-6431 if you are interested in at...
  • 2/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Warm weather returns putting winter back on its heals; ice anglers urged to remove shacks from lakes  Warm weather has swung back around, putting winter back on its heels and bringing changes to the o...
  • 2/17/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Updates about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. The Spring Hearings webpage has recently been updated with the questionnaire and locations for the Spring Hearing. Spring Hearings page
  • 2/17/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Day 6 of the 2017 sturgeon spearing season included the harvest of 44 fish (28 from Lake Winnebago and 16 from the Upriver Lakes). Stockbridge Harbor remained the busiest station with 11 fish registered, followed by Cal Harbor (6), Payne’s Point (4) and Wendt’s (4).  Registration num...
  • 2/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    February 2017 3-GUN Fantasy Camp 2017 SHOT Show Recap Beginner Tip:Shotgun Loads Explained CZ's Flagship Pistol:The CZ 75 Long-Range Shooting:Purpose-Built Rifles AR-15 Basics:.223 vs. 5.56×45 NATO Rifle 101: Rifle Sights and Optics ...
  • 2/17/2017 9:45:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today marks the conclusion of the 5th day of the 2017 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System.  There were 32 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago and 18 from the Upriver Lakes today.  We are currently at 67% of both the adult female and male harvest caps and would need a harvest ...
  • 2/17/2017 9:35:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. -- Head to Horicon Marsh Saturday, March 4 for a Nest BoxSeminar and learn more about how to attract birds to your yard with nestboxes.[Wodd duck]Wood duck "jump day" is quite the event - head to Horicon March 4 and learnall you need to know about nest boxes.Photo Credit: Jeff BahlsActivities will be held at the Horicon Mars...
  • 2/17/2017 9:30:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there! We are now ¼ of the way through the 2017 sturgeon spearing season, and harvest numbers continue to drop with each passing day.  A total of 70 fish were registered today with 46 coming from Lake Winnebago and 24 from the Upriver Lake...
  • 2/14/2017 3:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2017 Steve Suman Following this week’s mild start, colder weather arrives for a few days, after which temperatures move to the 50s for the weekend and first part of next week. The good news for Birkie skiers, snowmobilers, and ice anglers is that temperatures then return to low-30s highs through the weekend! “Most area l...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 2 of the 2017 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a harvest of 115 fish from Lake Winnebago and 60 fish from the Upriver Lakes. That brings the season totals to 313 from Lake Winnebago and 183 from the Upriver Lakes.  We are currently at 19.0% of...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM